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NIOSH Prevention through Design Strategic Goals

Goal 1.0: Research will establish the value of adopted PtD interventions, address existing design-related challenges, and suggest areas for future research.

Intermediate Goal 1.3: Investigate the relationship between the “hierarchy of controls” and the business value of PtD

Projects for Goal 1.3

Activity/Output Number Description Status
1.3.1 Evaluate American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) case studies as part of the “Value of the Profession” project for applicability to PtD. Include links to major business goals and investment. Include findings in a white paper.
Task completed
1.3.2 Evaluate existing financial analysis tools and calculators; investigate need for modifications or updates. Broaden measures of costs to include more indirect costs/benefits. Determine the appropriate methods to incorporate financial models into the overall PtD process.
Task completed
1.3.3 Identify and communicate the compelling story for each sector, linking value to business.
Research opportunity
1.3.4 Investigate the impact of and alignment with lean manufacturing in achieving productivity and quality improvements. Identify case studies linking productivity, quality, process efficiency and safety.
In progress
1.3.5 Develop business cases for both successfully adopted and under-utilized design solutions (two adopted and four to six under-utilized). Promote widespread implementation of underused design solutions that are supported by strong business cases by applying diffusion strategies (from the NIOSH/PtD National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) Research Project).
Moving NIOSH Engineering Design Solutions into Practice

Task completed

Goal 1.2 Next Page:Goal 1.4

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