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Inputs: Partnerships & Stakeholders


Partnerships are integral to the NIOSH MSD Cross-Sector Program. Input from customers and stakeholder groups, which have inherent knowledge and concern about the safety and health of workers in this topic area, helps in setting research priorities. Collaborative research with our partners may include in-kind contributions that help to leverage NIOSH research dollars. Partners also add expertise or specialized experience to the research team, which benefits the research, analysis, interpretation, and communication of the results.

For example, in 2004, NIOSH MSD-related intramural research projects involved over 130 partnerships. These partners included the following:

  • Baylor College of Medicine
  • Bryn Mawr College
  • Colorado School of Mines
  • Columbia University
  • Georgia State University
  • Harvard School of Public Health
  • Louisiana State University
  • Miami University
  • Mt. Siani School of Medicine
  • Oregon Health Sciences University
  • Rutgers University
  • Southern Illinois University
  • Stanford Unversity
  • Texas A&M The Ohio State University
  • University of California
  • University of California-Berkeley
  • University of California-Davis
  • University of California-San Francisco
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Houston
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Massachusetts
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Utah
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute
  • Washington University of St. Louis
  • Wayne State University
  • West Virginia University
  • Wichita State University
  • Department of ARMY
  • Iowa Farm Bureau
  • Milwaukee Public Schools
  • NAVY Air Force
  • Ohio Bureau of Workman’s Compensation
  • PA Bureau of Deep Mine Safety
  • Public Authority of Alameda County, California
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • U.S. Department of Defense, JSOC
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • U.S. Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
  • U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  • U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Worker’s Compensation Programs
  • U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Washington State Department of Labor and Industry
  • West Virginia Office of Miner’s Health, Safety, and Training
  • Badger Mining Corporation
  • Caterpillar
  • Circadian Technologies, Inc.
  • ChemGuard
  • Consol, Inc.
  • Dynamic Systems, Inc.
  • Falkirk Mine
  • Fletcher Equipment Manufacturer
  • Foundation Coal Holdings, Inc.
  • Henderson Mine
  • Howard Concrete Pumping Company, Inc.
  • Joy Mining Machinery
  • Luckstone Corporation
  • McAninch Corporation
  • Midwest Tools Co.
  • Morton Salt
  • Protein Design Labs, Inc.
  • UGS Corporation
  • Unimin Corporation
  • U.S. Foam Technologies, Inc.
  • Vulcan Materials Corporation
  • Australian Worksafe
  • Canadian Centre for Occupational Safety and Health
  • Canadian Institute of Work and Health
  • Concordia University, Canada
  • Health and Safety Executive (HSE), U.K.
  • International Labour Organization
  • International Technical Group on Control Banding
  • NIIH, Japan Pan American Health Organization
  • TNO Netherlands
  • University of Toronto· World Health Organization
  • Communications Workers of America
  • International Union of Operating Engineers
  • Laborer’s Union
  • Massachusetts AFL-CIO
  • Service Employees International Union
  • United Mine Workers of America
  • Highmark Blue Shield, Pittsburgh, PA
  • State Farm
Non-governmental Organizations
  • American Hospital Association
  • Center to Protect Worker Rights
  • Ernst and Young, LLP
  • Experience Works
  • FedNet
  • Great Lakes Center for Agricultural Safety and Health
  • Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health
  • Hi-Plains Intermountain Center of Agricultural Health and Safety
  • Laborers’ Health and Safety Fund
  • National Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health
  • Network of Employers for Traffic Safety
  • ORC Worldwide
  • Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center
  • Sheet Metal Occupational Health Institute
  • Southeast Center for Agricultural Health and Injury Prevention
  • Southern Coastal Agromedicine Center
  • Southwest Center for Agricultural Health, Injury, and Education<
  • Transportation Research Board
  • Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety
Professional and Trade Associations
  • American Association of Occupational Health Nurses
  • American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
  • American College of Occupational Medicine
  • American Industrial Hygiene Association
  • American Nurses Association
  • American Psychological Association
  • American Society of Safety Engineers
  • AORN
  • Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics
  • Bituminous Coal Operators Association
  • Council of State and Territorial Epidemiology
  • Industrial Minerals Association
  • Masonry Contractors Association of America
  • National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education
  • National Federation of Independent Businesses
  • National Mining Association
  • National Stone, Sand, and Gravel Association
  • Washington Associated General Contractors

Stakeholders and Customers

The NIOSH MSD Cross-Sector Program collaborates and works closely with a broad spectrum of stakeholders. The stakeholder and customer list is extensive, including industry, labor, academia, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and professional organizations both domestic and international. These organizations may be research partners, as described in the previous section. They may also be users of our technology and scientific findings, peer reviewers, recipients of research grants and contracts, or sources of equipment, technology, or knowledge for advancing research in musculoskeletal disorders. The following list of stakeholders and customers, while not exhaustive, conveys the wide range of organizations served by the NIOSH Cross-Sector Program for Musculoskeletal Disorders.

  • American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
  • Center to Protect Workers’ Rights
  • International Standards Organization (ISO)
  • Oregon Health Sciences University
  • Temple University
  • University of California at Davis
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute
  • West Virginia University

For information about partnering with the NIOSH Musculoskeletal Disorders Program, contact the Musculoskeletal Disorders Program Coordinator. For general information about partnerships with NIOSH, contact the NIOSH Office of Research and Technology Transfer.


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