TABLE 14-1 Intermediate Goals and Performance Measures of Surveillance, Training, and Intervention Effectiveness Research and Committee Comments

Intermediate Goala

Performance Measurea

Committee Comments

1.

Conduct a demographics survey of mine workers

This goal will be achieved by completing and publishing a comprehensive demographic survey of the mining industry by 2009

Such a survey will be invaluable, not only for denominator data, but for guiding research and training activities that are necessary to prevent a sharp increase in occupational health and safety problems in the evolving workforce. The intermediate goal is stated as a task. The implied goal is to acquire demographic information about miners in order to make better use of MSHA data. As stated, this intermediate goal can be achieved by conducting a survey, but the information may not be adequate

2.

Document organization of work changes in the domestic and global mining industry and assess their impact on worker health and safety

This goal will be achieved if the impacts of organization of work changes have been identified and recommendations for mitigating adverse impacts are issued over the next 5 years

The proposed surveillance research will permit evaluation of the effects of new regulations and work practices. The most effective of these can then be considered for adoption in the United States and other countries

3.

Examine emerging technologies for potential health and safety benefits and risks

NIOSH sponsored two recent major studies of emerging technologies by RAND Corp. in 2001 (Peterson et al., 2001) and by the National Research Council in 2002. The identified emerging technologies will be monitored, and efforts will continue to track new developments and their impact on mining safety and health

This is a low-level effort given the relatively slow infusion of new technologies in mining and will not require a separate project effort in the foreseeable future



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