Partnerships guide the direction of WMSD reduction research, indicating responsiveness to stakeholders. The committee, however, considers the Mining Program’s targeting of its WMSD reduction research to be largely reactive rather than proactive, resulting in accomplishments that are not necessarily applicable industry-wide. Since there is similarity in mining, civil engineering, and agricultural equipment, it would appear that there is a broader scope for the definition of WMSD issues and solutions through more rigorous and formal interactions between various NIOSH research programs and the MSD health effects group.

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