A priority system has been developed for the Division of Standards Development and Technology Transfer and for NIOSH to recommend and provide the rationale for determining what research to conduct, what documents to develop, and what standards to recommended. The factors which distinguish this new priority system from the old one were three fold. First, the new system identifies and recommends priorities for subjects which warrant documentation of occupational safety and health hazards and calls for the issuing of formal recommendations and guidelines. Secondly, the system, and therefore the recommendations made under the system, carry with them the support of the Priority Rationale Statement. Thirdly, the existing Current Awareness System of the Priorities and Research Analysis Branch will be integrated with the information retrieval and occupational safety and health surveillance programs of NIOSH, rather than remaining independent as they had been in the past. Appendices included information concerning the identification of hazardous substances from specialized data bases, parties to be invited to nominate subjects for evaluation, surveillance input into priorities selection processes, requests for information from NIOSH divisions and regions on industrial hazards, the Federal Register notice requesting information for profile preparation and evaluation, and a description of a profile.
Division of Standards Development and Technology Transfer, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 49 pages