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Inputs: NIOSH Strategic Goals

The NIOSH Oil and Gas Extraction Safety and Health Program uses strategic goals to guide our research and partnership efforts over the next decade.


NIOSH Program Portfolio Approach

NIOSH has been organizing research, guidance, information, and service efforts into specific programs that can be readily communicated and strategically managed and evaluated. Ten Sector Programs represent industry 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 would likely be a shared goal with the Prevention through Design Cross-sector 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-sector Programs for relevance and impact.


Oil and Gas Extraction Program Goals for Intramural Research

NIOSH developed draft strategic goals for the Oil and Gas Extraction Program in 2007-2008 prior to initiation of the NORA sectors. The goals were provided as NIOSH input to the NORA Oil and Gas Extraction Sector Council effort to develop NORA goals. During the 2008 - 2010 timeframe, the NORA Oil and Gas Extraction Sector Council developed five strategic goals and published a full report: National Oil and Gas Extraction Research Agenda - 10/18/11 Adobe PDF file [PDF - 305 KB]

The current strategic goals of the NIOSH Oil and Gas Extraction Program are:

  • Strategic Goal 1: Decrease transportation-related fatalities to oil and gas extraction workers.
  • Strategic Goal 2: Reduce contact injuries to oil and gas extraction workers.
  • Strategic Goal 3: Reduce injuries due to falls among oil and gas extraction workers.
  • Strategic Goal 4: Reduce injuries to oil and gas workers resulting from fires and explosions.
  • Strategic Goal 6: Identify risks and reduce occupational-related disease and illness from chemical exposures among oil and gas extraction workers.
  • Strategic Goal 7: Decrease occupational injuries and fatalities in the oil and gas extraction industry by developing and disseminating effective industry-specific products.
  • Strategic Goal 8: Decrease fatigue-related injuries and fatalities in the oil and gas extraction industry.
  • Strategic Goal 9: Reduce the incidence of injuries, illnesses, and fatalities among vulnerable workers in the oil and gas extraction industry such as contract workers, young and old workers, workers new to the industry, and immigrants.
  • Strategic Goal 10: Reduce the incidence of injuries, illnesses, and fatalities among workers employed by small companies (less than 100 employees) in the oil and gas extraction industry.
  • Strategic Goal 11: Analyze occupational exposure and/or health and safety incident data with industry partners.


Oil and Gas Extraction Program Priority Goals for Extramural Research

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

  • Strategic Goal 8: Decrease fatigue-related injuries and fatalities in the oil and gas extraction industry.
  • Strategic Goal 10: Reduce the incidence of injuries, illnesses, and fatalities among workers employed by small companies (less than 100 employees) in the oil and gas extraction industry.

Those seeking NIOSH grants to conduct studies benefiting workers in the oil and gas extraction industry can view the the current funding opportunities.

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

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