NORA Manufacturing Sector Strategic Goals
9277066 - NIOSH Manual of Analytical Methods Cooperative ResearchStart Date: 10/1/1999
End Date: 9/30/2014
Principal Investigator (PI)Name: Paul Schlecht
Funded By: NIOSH
Primary Goal Addressed6.0
Secondary Goals Addressed5.0 , 7.0 , 8.0
Attributed to Manufacturing50%
The NIOSH Manual of Analytical Methods (NMAM) are used to determine worker exposures and engineering control effectiveness. The project fosters cooperation to develop, evaluate, and disseminate methods for the measurement of hazardous substances in the workplace among affected industry, interested laboratories, government agencies, and universities. NMAM methods are extensively reviewed and performance independently verified prior to publication. The research meets National Occupational Research Agenda priorities, and offers the occupational safety and health community the capacity to prevent occupational diseases through the development of sampling techniques and analytical methods and measurements guidelines that are reliable and accurate.
The project aims to 1) provide measurements with known quality and reliability; 2) ensure comparable results can be produced nationally; 3) supports government health policy and industry; and 4) avoid the risks to human health of producing workplace exposure data that are not sound. The project cultivates cooperation among private and public sector laboratories and interested industry stakeholders. Workers exposed to industrial hazards need to be protected. Limiting the presence of hazardous substances in air, and contaminated surfaces protects workers from harmful health effects. Accurate and reliable sampling and analytical methodologies are critical to be able to measure the concentrations of pollutants and control their presence in the workplace.
Development of sampling and analytical methods that are specific, accurate and reliable are essential to making correct decisions on worker exposures, performing risk assessments and determining if workplace controls are effective. The objectives the NIOSH Manual of Analytical Methods are to:
The occupational health community relies upon accurate and reliable methodologies to determine worker exposures to hazards in the workplace. CDC/NIOSH resources are combined with the resources of other laboratories to meet the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) goal to promote safe and healthy workplaces through interventions, recommendations, and capacity building by: 1) developing hazard assessment measurement methods, 2) supporting NORA and U.S. Surgeon General Healthy People 2010 goals that require monitoring methods, and 3) fostering the development of partnerships with the private sector, other government agencies, and universities to prevent occupational diseases. This project provides for the development, evaluation, review and dissemination of measurement methods for the NIOSH Manual of Analytical Methods (NMAM). Measurement methods are developed to: 1) permit the measurement of hazards with known quality and reliability; 2) ensure that comparable results can be obtained nationally and internationally, 3) support occupational health policy and industry and 4) avoid the risks for human health of producing workplace hazard exposure data that are not sound.