Inputs: NIOSH Strategic Goals
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. Eight NORA Sector Programs represent industrial sectors, and twenty-four Cross-sector Programs organized around adverse health outcomes, statutory programs and global efforts.
The NORA 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 32 programs in the NIOSH Program Portfolio has a Manager and Coordinator. Each of the 8 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.
Mining Strategic Goals
A melding of the priorities, as established from surveillance data, stakeholder/customer requests, and loss control, is performed to establish a set of strategic research priorities. While the top-level goal is to improve mining safety and health, this will only be achieved by eliminating the fatalities, injuries, and illnesses that were summarized previously. Accordingly, the first six strategic goals are defined. These are as follows:
- Strategic Goal 1: Reduce respiratory diseases in miners by reducing health hazards in the workplace associated with coal worker pneumoconiosis, silicosis, and diesel emissions.
- Strategic Goal 2: Reduce noise-induced hearing loss in the mining industry.
- Strategic Goal 3: Reduce repetitive and cumulative musculoskeletal injuries in mine workers.
- Strategic Goal 4: Reduce traumatic injuries in the mining workplace.
- Strategic Goal 5: Reduce the risk of mine disasters (fires, explosions, and inundations). Minimize the risk to and enhance the safety and effectiveness of emergency responders.
- Strategic Goal 6: Reduce ground failure fatalities and injuries in the mining industry.
The above goals and their performance measures were established in the context of a 10-year planning horizon.
The seventh goal is aimed at preventing potentially adverse health or safety outcomes that may result from changes in the industry.
- Strategic Goal 7: Determine the impact of changing mining conditions, new and emerging technologies, and the changing patterns of work on worker safety and health.
Researchers have identified many of the barriers, knowledge gaps, or technology gaps that must be addressed to effect a desired change at the strategic goal level. The complete mining research plan is available on the NIOSH Web site.
Those seeking NIOSH grants to conduct studies benefiting workers in the mining sector can view the priority topic areas for extramural investigators. They are closely related to the strategic goals listed above.
The NIOSH strategic goals and the priority topic areas for extramural investigators will be updated based on additional input received from the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA). NORA is establishing and implementing a sector strategic plan for the nation.
NIOSH is interested in your opinions about the relevance and value of these strategic goals for the mining sector. We encourage you to consider partnering with us on issues of interest to you and your organization.
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