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Manufacturing

NORA Manufacturing Sector Strategic Goals

9277224 - Worker Outreach and Communication/Information Dissemination/Notification

Start Date: 10/1/2000
End Date: 9/30/2012

Principal Investigator (PI)
Name: Everett Lehman
Phone: 513-841-4391
E-mail: exl7@cdc.gov
Organization: NIOSH
Sub-Unit: DSHEFS
Funded By: Department of Energy

Primary Goal Addressed
9.0

Secondary Goal Addressed
None


Attributed to Manufacturing
100%

Project Description

Short Summary

The Occupational Energy Research Program (OERP) conducts occupational health research under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). One major component of this program is to communicate and disseminate study findings to the DOE, worker populations and other stakeholders in a fashion that is understandable to all parties involved.



Description

The Occupational Energy Research Program (OERP) conducts occupational health research under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Implementation of the MOU requires significant interaction with the workers and the constituent occupational and scientific communities associated with each site. The program solicits input and fosters partnerships with labor unions, workers, and management. The collection of information from these audiences concerning the research program helps assess the appropriateness of the projects underway or being proposed. Similarly the regular exchange of information with these groups is essential in reinforcing the fact that this research program is being conducted in an open manner. The basic components of this effort are: 1. information dissemination to the scientific and worker communities; 2. incorporating the participation of workers in the review process for study design; 3. regular communication of study findings and research status updates; 4. support and input for internal and external research partners; and 5. continued development and implementation of a Branch strategic communication plan and individual study communication plans required in the MOU.



Objectives

The primary objective of the OERP Worker Outreach and Communication program is to ensure that the site management, unions, and workers (former and current) at Department of Energy sites involved in NIOSH research activities are notified of the studies being conducted, study findings, and their interpretation and that the communication of the study findings and their interpretation are presented in a clear and understandable fashion to workers. The OERP communication program is designed to assure that NIOSH epidemiologic studies incorporate a worker communication effort, follow uniform procedures, foster an atmosphere of openness and information exchange, and facilitate understanding of the NIOSH research program and its products.

Small-scale evaluation of the effectiveness and impact of the current worker communication efforts will continue to be conducted via discussions with DOE, workers and other stakeholders. The more comprehensive process and program evaluation that is now under development will provide future program direction for the worker communication program. It is anticipated that the traditional method of factsheet development and site meetings will need to be modified due to new technology and the improved methods used to communicate health information (websites, blogs, utilization of trusted organizations). The new evaluation will systematically critique current methods used and will test new methods for effectiveness.



Mission Relevance

This project facilitates communication between NIOSH researchers, the Department of Energy (DOE) and the constituent occupational and scientific communities involved with the 5 occupational health worker studies currently conducted at DOE sites. Information regarding study agenda, goals, methods and findings are presented in order to solicit input; foster partnerships with labor representatives, workers, and management; build trust and credibility; establish effective communication channels; fulfill a program obligation under the interagency Memorandum of Understanding; and determine appropriateness of research agenda.



Cross Sector Programs

Cancer, Reproductive, Cardiovascular, Neurologic and Renal Diseases:

1.2.1 - Conduct and communicate quantitative risk assessments for high-priority known carcinogens.

1.2.3 - Enhance the relevance and utility of interventions and recommendations by transferring research findings, technologies, and information into practice by publishing in technical and trade journals, developing methods for inclusion into NMAM or similar collections, and developing workplace or trade documents.

Reproductive Health:

1.2.1 - Transfer research findings, technologies, and information into practice

Cardiovascular Disease:

1.2.1 - Enhance the relevance and utility of interventions and recommendations by transferring research findings, technologies, and information into practice by publishing in technical and trade journals and developing workplace or trade documents.



Other Cross-Sector Programs:

Communications and Information Dissemination.

4.2: - Risk communication and evaluation of worker notification



Page last updated: June 3, 2011
Page last reviewed: May 23, 2011
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Office of the Director

 

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