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PS Asks: what prompted NIOSH to create a Center for Motor Vehicle Safety?

Pratt SG
Prof Saf 2013 Aug; 58(8):44-45
Questions and Answers: 1) PS: What prompted NIOSH to create a Center for Motor Vehicle Safety? Stephanie: Motor vehicle crashes have been the leading cause of work-related fatalities since data were first collected in the 1980s. Motor vehicle safety is a concern that cuts across all industry sectors, so it made sense for NIOSH to mount a coordinated effort to address this urgent worker safety problem. 2) PS: Describe your position with NCMVS. Stephanie: As coordinator, I am responsible for developing and promoting the NIOSH program in motor vehicle safety across the agency and with external partners. One of my primary roles is to represent NIOSH and the center. 3) PS: NCMVS launched in December 2010. How has it expanded in terms of size and research? Stephanie: The center is not a brick-and-mortar facility, nor is it a distinct administrative unit within NIOSH. Rather, it is a virtual center that brings together scientists from many disciplines working in eight different cities with a shared goal of reducing the toll of work-related motor vehicle crashes. 4) PS: What is the most significant finding to come out of the center? Stephanie: Because our program is so diverse, it is difficult to name just one. I'll highlight a couple of examples that demonstrate the scope of the center's work. 5) PS: How does NCMVS use its research to effect change? Stephanie: When we plan a research project, we work with stakeholders up front to ensure that our research is relevant, and to ensure that others are interested in the findings and are in a position to act on them. 6) PS: What challenges has the NCMVS faced and how has it overcome them? Stephanie: NIOSH has offices in eight cities spanning four time zones. It can be a challenge to work across all these locations and organizational organizational units, and part of building the center necessarily involves encouraging some shifting of priorities. 7) PS: How has NCMVS raised awareness about motor vehicle safety in the safety and health arena? Stephanie: Through established partnerships, the center can reach large groups of employers by distributing its own products and by publicizing high-quality products developed by partners. The ANSI/ASSE Z15.1 standard is a great example.
Safety-research; Motor-vehicles; Drivers; Mortality-data; Truck-drivers; Trucking; Transportation-workers; Transportation; Accidents; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-practices; Safety-programs
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