NIOSH Priority Goals for Extramural Research

NIOSH Priority Goals for Extramural Research: FY2019-FY2023

Strategic Goal 1: Reduce occupational cancer, cardiovascular disease, adverse reproductive outcomes, and other chronic diseases.

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Program
Intersection
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Focus
Worker
Population
Research
Type
1.1D CRC x AFF Pesticide exposure and neurologic disorders Effective implementation strategies Agriculture and forestry vulnerable populations Translation
1.3E CRC x HSA Adverse reproductive outcomes Adherence to safe handling of hazardous drug guidance Range of work settings, such as: pharmacy, outpatient clinics, veterinary medicine Intervention Translation
1.9C CRC x PSS Exposure to carcinogens Respiratory protection during overhaul operations Fire service Translation
1.10C CRC x PSS Risk factors for cardiovascular disease Reduce known non-occupational risk factors Corrections, law enforcement, EMS, and fire service Intervention Translation
1.10D CRC x PSS Risk factors for cardiovascular disease Respiratory and thermal protection, other interventions on fire ground Fire service Intervention Translation
1.12B CRC x SRV Adverse reproductive outcomes Chemical exposures Nail and hair salon workers, small businesses Intervention Translation
1.13B CRC x TWU Cardiovascular disease and obesity, work organization Best communication methods to decrease risk factors, tailoring interventions from other sectors Long-haul truck drivers Intervention Translation

Strategic Goal 2: Reduce occupational hearing loss.

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2.1C HLP x CON Engineering controls to reduce noise exposure Develop supply of and demand for quieter hand tools Laborers, carpenters, boilermakers, workers with disproportionate risk, small businesses Intervention Translation
2.2A HLP x CON Hearing loss prevention education for employers and workers Fit testing (voluntary consensus standards, increasing availability) Noise exposed workers Translation
2.2B HLP x CON Hearing loss prevention education for employers and workers Training and awareness (employers, supervisors and workers; apps) Noise exposed workers, workers at disproportionate risk Intervention Translation
2.4A HLP x MNF Hearing loss prevention education for employers and workers Integrating new technologies into education (e.g., noise app, fit testing) Noise exposed manufacturing workers (esp. small businesses) Translation
2.6C HLP x OGE Exposure to hazardous noise and ototoxic chemicals Effective use of personal protective equipment Drilling contractors, well servicing contractors, small businesses Translation
2.7A HLP x SRV Exposure to hazardous noise Overexposure to noise (intermittent use of loud equipment) Building services workers, arts and entertainment, small businesses Intervention Translation
2.7B HLP x SRV Exposure to hazardous noise Lack of awareness of noise as a hazard and how to protect hearing Building services workers, arts and entertainment, small businesses Translation

Strategic Goal 3: Reduce occupational immune, infectious, and dermal disease.

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3.3A IID x HSA Infectious disease transmission Sharps injury prevention technology Management, workers who use sharps medical devices Intervention
3.3B IID x HSA Infectious disease transmission Sharps injury prevention (safety culture) Management, workers (human or veterinary settings) Translation
3.3F IID x HSA Infectious disease transmission Vaccinations are underutilized All healthcare workers (esp. long-term care, home care), veterinary and animal care workers Translation
3.3G IID x HSA Infectious disease transmission Handwashing best practices underused All healthcare and veterinary medicine(VM)/animal care (AC) workers Translation
3.3H IID x HSA Infectious disease transmission Personal protective equipment (e.g., barrier PPE such as gowns, gloves, eye protection; and respiratory protection) All healthcare and VM/AC workers Intervention Translation
3.3J IID x HSA Infectious disease transmission Rapid identification and isolation of contagious individuals Workers in hospitals, urgent care, homeless shelters, others as needed to address outbreaks (human or veterinary) Basic/Etiologic
3.3K IID x HSA Infectious disease transmission Barriers to implementing existing recommendations Workers in hospitals, urgent care, homeless shelters, others as needed to address outbreaks (human or veterinary) Translation
3.4D IID x HSA Exposures related to asthma and other immune diseases Adherence to best practices re: cleaning agents Environmental workers, nursing assistants, nurses Translation
3.6A IID x PSS Infectious disease transmission Adapt guidelines to prevent exposure to blood and bodily fluids Corrections and law enforcement Intervention
3.6C IID x PSS Infectious disease transmission Underutilization of personal protective equipment to prevent infectious disease transmission Corrections and law enforcement Intervention Translation
3.6D IID x PSS Infectious disease transmission No reporting of infectious disease exposures; industry/occupation variables not included in existing surveillance systems Corrections, law enforcement, and EMS Surveillance

Strategic Goal 4: Reduce occupational musculoskeletal disorders.

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Research
Type
4.1G MUS x AFF Exposure to vibration and repetitive motion Lifting (e.g., product) Seafood processing workers Intervention Translation
4.2A MUS x CON Musculoskeletal disorders and emerging technologies (e.g. robots, exoskeletons) Underuse of existing interventions Masonry, concrete, dry wall, roofing, and plumbing workers; laborers; small businesses; workers of disproportionate risk Translation
4.4A MUS x MIN Musculoskeletal disorder risk factors Improved identification and remediation of musculoskeletal disorder risk factors at mining facilities Metal/non-metal; stone, sand and gravel Intervention Translation
4.5A MUS x SRV Risk factors for back injuries Risk factors like manual labor, awkward posture, lifting, age Building and dwelling, temporary employment services, auto repair and maintenance, lessors of real estate, waste collectors, travel accommodations; vulnerable workers; small businesses Intervention Translation
4.8B MUS x HSA Musculoskeletal disorders interventions Identify and address barriers to implementation and dissemination of effective interventions and to identify key components of sustainability All healthcare workers including VM/AC workers Translation
4.8C MUS x HSA Musculoskeletal disorders interventions Evaluate the effectiveness of safe patient handling policies and regulations All healthcare workers Intervention
4.8E MUS x HSA Musculoskeletal disorders interventions Evaluation of exoskeletons or other innovative approaches to reduce risk of MSDs during patient handling or performing healthcare procedures All healthcare workers including VM/AC workers; vulnerable populations* and previously injured workers Intervention

Strategic Goal 5: Reduce occupational respiratory disease.

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5.1B RHP x AFF Fixed airways diseases Engineering controls and PPE for organic dusts and related gases and fumes Agriculture (esp. CAFOs) Intervention Translation
5.1D RHP x AFF Fixed airways diseases Engineering controls and PPE for pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, and chemicals (used in new areas as vectors move north) Agriculture (esp. CAFOs) Translation
5.2A RHP x CON Exposure to mineral dusts Implementation of silica requirements (collection of objective data) Small businesses, workers at disproportionate risk Translation
5.4C RHP x HSA Work-related asthma Specialized exposures (i.e. surgical smoke, aerosolized medication) Respiratory therapists, nurses, surgeons Intervention Translation
5.8D RHP x MIN Exposure to mineral dusts Coal dust engineering controls Coal mine workers Intervention Translation
5.8G RHP x MIN Exposure to mineral dusts Increase usage of crystalline silica interventions Metal/non-metal; coal; stone, sand and gravel mine workers Translation
5.12A RHP x HSA Interstitial/fibrotic lung disease Relationship between airborne occupational exposures and the risk for developing interstitial/fibrotic lung disease Dental personnel Basic/Etiologic Intervention

Strategic Goal 6: Improve workplace safety to reduce traumatic injuries.

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Type
6.1D TIP x AFF Traumatic injury among high risk populations Machine-related incidents (e.g., tractor, PTO, and grain engulfment) Agriculture; commercial fishing and seafood processing workers Intervention Translation
6.1G TIP x AFF Traumatic injury among high risk populations Explore sources for non-fatal work-related injuries Agriculture; commercial fishing and seafood processing workers Surveillance
6.1H TIP x AFF Traumatic injury among high risk populations Falls overboard and vessel disasters Commercial fishing workers Intervention Translation
6.1I TIP x AFF Traumatic injury among high risk populations Falls (stairs & wet floors) Seafood processing workers Intervention Translation
6.2A TIP x CON Falls Falls from elevation Iron workers, sheet metal workers, roofers, power line installers, telecommunications workers, laborers, small businesses, workers at disproportionate risk Intervention Translation
6.2B TIP x CON Falls Falls on the same level All construction workers (especially laborers, small businesses, workers at disproportionate risk) Intervention Translation
6.5A TIP x MNF Machine-related injuries Contacts with traditional machines Many manufacturing workers (esp. those using assembly lines and conveyor belts), vulnerable workers, workers with non-standard work arrangements Intervention Translation
6.10D TIP x OGE Motor vehicle crashes Seatbelts, fatigue prevention Well servicing contractors, small businesses Translation
6.11A TIP x PSS Motor vehicle crashes Collision as vehicle occupant (including fatigue as a risk factor) Law enforcement, fire service and emergency medical service Intervention Translation
6.11B TIP x PSS Motor vehicle crashes Struck-by on the side of the road Fire service and EMS Intervention Translation
6.11C TIP x PSS Motor vehicle crashes Struck-by on the side of the road Law enforcement Intervention Translation
6.12A TIP x PSS Workplace violence Assault and violent encounters, civil disturbances Law enforcement Intervention Translation
6.12B TIP x PSS Workplace violence Patient assault, bystander violence Emergency medical service Intervention Translation
6.12C TIP x PSS Workplace violence Violent encounters and daily interactions, bystander violence Corrections Intervention Translation
6.13A TIP x SRV Falls Falls on the same level Building services, food services, waste management workers, and travel accommodations; small businesses; vulnerable and contingent workers Intervention Translation
6.13B TIP x SRV Falls Falls to a lower level Building services, small businesses, vulnerable and contingent workers Intervention Translation
6.14B TIP x TWU Transportation incidents Develop evidence-based interventions (e.g., fleet management, administrative controls) Truck drivers, bus and transit (e.g., taxi) drivers, aviation workers, maritime workers Intervention Translation
6.15B TIP x TWU Machine-related injuries Machine-related injuries (e.g., caught-between, struck-by) Aviation workers Translation
6.15D TIP x TWU Machine-related injuries Use of stationary robots Warehousing, utilities, and maritime workers Surveillance Translation
6.16A TIP x WRT Falls Falls on the same level (e.g., caused by floor debris, spills, or slipperiness; organization of work) Food and beverage, furniture and home furnishing, lumber, health and personal care, and general merchandise; aging workers, vulnerable workers Intervention Translation
6.16B TIP x WRT Falls Falls to a lower level (e.g., associated with ladders; organization of work) Merchant wholesalers of durable goods, motor vehicle and parts retailers, and health and personal care stores; vulnerable workers Intervention Translation
6.17A TIP x WRT Motor vehicle crashes Motor vehicle crashes Wholesale workers (long distance and local), small businesses Intervention Translation

Strategic Goal 7: Promote safe and healthy work design and well-being.

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Strategic Goal 7: Promote safe and healthy work design and well-being.
7.1B HWD x CON Non-standard work arrangements Increase use of existing interventions among workers in non-standard work arrangements Populations at disproportionate risk, small businesses Translation
7.2A HWD x HSA Work organization Fatigue and stress due to suboptimal work organization Healthcare workers, veterinary medicine/animal care workers; vulnerable populations Intervention Translation
7.2C HWD x HSA Work organization Fatigue, stress, work organization as risk factors for motor vehicle crashes during commutes and shifts Residents, interns, and home healthcare workers; others with long hours/irregular schedules Intervention Translation
7.2E HWD x HSA Work organization Safety culture/safety climate/safety leadership Mid-to-small healthcare settings, nursing aides, home healthcare workers, management, VM/AC, other settings where poor adherence to safe practice has been documented Intervention Translation
7.5B HWD x SRV Non-standard work arrangements Employer ambiguity, inadequate occupational safety and health training, and lack of programs Temporary agency workers Intervention Translation
7.9B HWD x WRT Work organization and musculoskeletal disorders Develop communication and training products Food and beverage, and general merchandise Translation

*Click here for definitions of the research type(s) listed above and a list of acronyms and definitions for the NIOSH Sector Programs and NIOSH Cross-Sector Programs.

Page last reviewed: May 30, 2018