Engineering Controls Program
The Engineering Controls Core and Specialty Program works on new or retrofit engineering technologies to reduce several types of hazardous exposures present in multiple industries. To do this work, the Program intersects with several sector and cross-sector programs within the NIOSH Program Portfolio. Ten sector programs represent industrial sectors, and seven cross-sector programs are organized around health and safety outcomes. Engineering Controls is one of numerous core and specialty programs that represent core activities, mandates, special emphasis areas, and methodological approaches. The sector programs intersect with cross-sector programs in a matrix-like fashion, with relevant core and specialty programs playing a supporting role.
This approach allows multiple programs to work towards accomplishing the shared research goals in the NIOSH Strategic Plan. The Engineering Controls Program contributes to several goals for reducing hazardous exposures, including:
- Overexposure to noise in the construction, manufacturing, mining, oil and gas extraction and services
- Airborne contaminants like crystalline silica in the mining, oil and gas extraction, and construction
- Hazardous drugs and surgical smoke in the healthcare and social assistance sector.
- Drilling fluids in the oil and gas extraction sector
- Pesticides, herbicides and organic dusts in the agriculture industry.
- Welding fumes in the manufacturing and construction
- Nanomaterials and other advanced materials in the manufacturing and construction