Inputs: Partners and Stakeholders
Partnerships are integral to the NIOSH Traumatic Injury Research Program. Input from customers and stakeholder groups, who have inherent knowledge and concern about the safety and health of workers in their industry sector, is critical for 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 information about partnering with the NIOSH Traumatic Injury Program, contact the Program Coordinator. For general information about partnerships with NIOSH, contact the NIOSH Office of Research and Technology Transfer.
Selected examples of partnership efforts:
NIOSH has formed strong partnerships with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Division and Vehicle Research and Test Center, the Department of Homeland Security, the Ambulance Manufacturer’s Division of the National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA), the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) and the General Services Administration (GSA) to conduct collaborative research to reduce or eliminate vehicle crash-related injuries and fatalities to Emergency Medical Service (EMS) workers in ambulance patient compartments. NIOSH research data will be used to directly influence changes to the recently published National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) 1917 Automotive Ambulance Standard. In 2013, this new standard is expected to replace the General Services Administration’s Federal Specification for the Star-of-Life Ambulance, which today largely governs the design of all ambulances purchased by the U.S. government and most state and local entities. Further, NIOSH is working directly with the Ambulance Manufacturers Division of the National Truck Equipment Association, which represents the builders of over 90% of the ambulances built in North America, to expand the patient compartment consensus safety standards promulgated by the Association.
NIOSH is partnering with the Fire Apparatus Manufacturers Association (FAMA), the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and Total Contact, Inc. to conduct collaborative research to establish an anthropometric and workspace database of firefighters across the U.S. This data will be used to update the design criteria for personal protective equipment and automotive fire apparatus-related standards (e.g., NFPA 1901). The data will also provide anthropometric and workspace data that can be used to aid in the design of firefighter’s bunker gear and fire apparatus cabs, seats, body restraint systems, and methods of egress. Indiana Mills and Manufacturing Inc. (IMMI), Mine Safety Appliances Company (MSA), Honeywell Company, Globe Manufacturing Company, LLC (GMC), H.O. Bostrom Company Incorporated (HOBCO), Seats Incorporated (SEATS), International Association of Women in Fire and Emergency Services (IAWFES), E-One Inc., and Lion Apparel Inc., have signed letters of agreement with NIOSH to transfer the data and anthropometric knowledge into fire apparatus design practices.
A collaborative effort between BJC Health System, Washington University School of Medicine (academic medical center that provides occupational health services to BJC workers), the U.S. Veteran’s Health Administration, the American Federation of Government Employees, the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety (case-crossover/case follow-back studies), Johns Hopkins University (case-crossover/case follow-back study), the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (lab studies-floor, shoe, contaminant slipperiness), and NIOSH (descriptive analysis, hazard assessments, and intervention field study) won the 2006 National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) Partnering Award for Worker Safety and Health. The partnership represents an unprecedented collaboration between private and public sector U.S. hospitals, organized labor, private and public sector safety and health researchers, and international researchers with cooperation from manufacturers of footwear, flooring, and floor wax.
Some of our other partners include the following:
- Nongovernmental Organizations
- Professional and Trade Associations
Stakeholders and Customers
The NIOSH Traumatic Injury Research Program collaborates and works closely with a broad spectrum of industry sectors. The stakeholder and customer list is extensive, including industry, labor, academia, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and national and international professional organizations. 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 the occupational traumatic injury community.
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