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Inputs: NIOSH Strategic Goals

The NIOSH Manufacturing sector program has developed strategic goals to guide our research and partnership efforts.

NIOSH previously used priority topic areas (e.g., traumatic injury, hearing loss) to guide research efforts. Goals take this approach a step further by identifying specific outcomes that NIOSH wants to target, performance measures for evaluating progress in meeting the outcome goals, and intermediate goals to describe the necessary steps that need to be performed to accomplish the goal. Setting goals is challenging for the following reasons:

  • It forces us to focus on a subgroup of issues where we think NIOSH can make an impact—a long list would spread our resources too thin to accomplish the goals. Not every worthwhile topic can be included.
  • It is difficult to develop performance measures. Available injury statistics have limitations, and exposure and health outcome measures are typically not available.
  • It is ambitious for NIOSH to set goals to achieve outcomes such as reductions in a national fatality rate. NIOSH is a research agency so we do not often directly influence outcomes—we must partner well and influence other groups to show results.


NIOSH Program Portfolio Approach

NIOSH has been organizing research, guidance, information, and service efforts into specific programs that can be readily communicated and strategically governed and evaluated. Ten Sector Programs represent industrial sectors, and twenty-four Cross-sector Programs are organized around adverse health outcomes, statutory programs and global efforts.

The Sector Programs intersect with Cross-Sector Programs in a matrix-like fashion. For example, an Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing Program goal of reducing farm-related deaths and injuries due to tractor rollovers and trucks would likely be a shared goal with the Transportation Program and if appropriate would be adopted by both programs. This approach provides an added advantage and will allow multiple Programs to work towards accomplishment of intersecting goals.

Each of the 34 programs in the NIOSH Program Portfolio has a Manager and Coordinator. Each of the 10 NIOSH Sector Programs facilitates the work of a NORA Sector Council to engage external stakeholders in the process of developing sector goals for the nation and methods to measure the short-term, intermediate and long-term outcomes arising from those goals. The NORA goals for the nation will be considered when choosing NIOSH sector program goals. Cross Sector programs have internal Steering Committees that develop program goals and monitor outcome measures.

These planning efforts will position NIOSH to align with the most current governmental approaches for evaluating program effectiveness, i.e., the Program Assessment Rating Tool (or PART). PART is a mechanism to hold governmental agencies accountable for accomplishing results. As part of our comprehensive approach to performance measurement, NIOSH has engaged the National Academies to independently evaluate our sector and cross-programs for relevance and impact.

An interactive web site allows you to browse through all NIOSH Manufacturing Program Goals and associated projects.


Manufacturing Program Goals for Intramural Research

  • Strategic Goal 1: Reduce the number of injuries and fatalities due to contact with objects and equipment among workers in the manufacturing sector.
  • Strategic Goal 2: Reduce the number of injuries and fatalities resulting from falls among workers in the manufacturing sector.
  • Strategic Goal 3: Reduce the number and severity of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) among manufacturing sector workers.
  • Strategic Goal 4: Reduce the incidence of occupationally-induced hearing loss in the manufacturing sector.
  • Strategic Goal 5: Reduce the number of respiratory conditions and diseases due to exposures in the manufacturing sector.
  • Strategic Goal 6: Reduce the incidence and prevalence of cancer due to exposures in the manufacturing sector.
  • Strategic Goal 7: Reduce the incidence of injuries, illnesses, and fatalities among understudied and vulnerable populations in the manufacturing sector such as contract workers, younger and older workers, immigrants, and pregnant and nursing mothers.
  • Strategic Goal 8: Reduce the incidence of injuries, illnesses, and fatalities within small businesses (less than 100 employees) and specific sub-sectors within the manufacturing sector.
  • Strategic Goal 9: Enhance the state of knowledge related to emerging risks to occupational safety and health in manufacturing.
  • Strategic Goal 10: Reduce the number of catastrophic incidents (e.g., explosions, chemical accidents or building structural failures) in the manufacturing sector.


Manufacturing Program Priority Goals for Extramural Research

The Manufacturing Program selected the following priority goals as particularly suited for extramural research during fiscal years 2014-16:

  • Strategic Goal 1: Reduce the number of injuries and fatalities due to contact with objects and equipment among workers in the manufacturing sector.
  • Strategic Goal 3: Reduce the number and severity of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) among manufacturing sector workers.
  • Strategic Goal 4: Reduce the incidence of occupationally-induced hearing loss in the manufacturing sector.
  • Strategic Goal 7: Reduce the incidence of injuries, illnesses, and fatalities among understudied and vulnerable populations in the manufacturing sector such as contract workers, younger and older workers, immigrants, and pregnant and nursing mothers.
  • Strategic Goal 8: Reduce the incidence of injuries, illnesses, and fatalities within small businesses (less than 100 employees) and specific sub-sectors within the manufacturing sector.
  • Strategic Goal 10: Reduce the number of catastrophic incidents (e.g., explosions, chemical accidents or building structural failures) in the manufacturing sector.

Those seeking NIOSH grants to conduct studies benefiting workers in the manufacturing sector can view the current funding opportunities.

NIOSH is interested in your opinions about the relevance and value of these strategic goals for the manufacturing sector. We encourage you to consider partnering with us on issues of interest to you and your organization.

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