Identification of and Ordering of Topics for Priority List for Criteria Development in Occupational Safety.
Office of Occupational Health Surveillance and Biometrics, Division of Criteria Documentation and Standards Development, Rockville, Maryland, Final Report 1975 Jun:178 pages
Relevance analysis was applied to the identification of priority listings for criteria development in the field of occupational safety. One goal of the ensuing five level network of descriptors was to relate to national objectives the need for improvement of specific occupational hazard situations. These and other sectors of the network were evaluated in terms of criteria which had been specifically formulated to reflect the positions of all the various facets of the occupational safety community. Responses to survey forms sent to 1,250 specialists formed the preliminary basis for the relevance analysis and ranking of injury importance for a selection of 32 industries. Approximately 57,000 subjective value judgements were then obtained in 3,200 ballot forms from a cross section of eight safety professionals in the government and 22 consultants to the contractor. A previously successful "PATTERN" methodology was employed in the analysis of the considered opinions of those 30 safety experts. Only a relatively few (less than 20) occupational hazard conditions turned out to be of major significance, and the majority of 1,500 problem areas were ranked at a much lower level of importance. The various findings from this study are useful as inputs to the formulation of NIOSH criteria for standards and in determination of possible research and development fundings.
NIOSH-Contract; Contract-099-73-0076; Analysis; Industries; Regulations; Hazards; Safety-measures; Injuries; Safety-attitudes;
Office of Occupational Health Surveillance and Biometrics, Division of Criteria Documentation and Standards Development, Rockville, Maryland, Final Report