studies. Research to improve the data collection process and to make it more useful for the identification of the root causes of problems could ultimately result in the reduction of injury and illness in the mining industry. The identification of disease and injury incidence related to workplace exposures would help to indicate where application of resources could achieve the best results. Research into the effectiveness of Mining Program training and educational programs is also necessary.

Signature Accomplishments: Communications

Working in partnership and with funds or in-kind services provided by industry, MSHA, the International Society of Mine Safety Professionals (ISMSP), mining associations, and state agencies, NIOSH developed a list of critical needs topics and created 10 mine safety and health training videos from 1999 through 2004. Approximately 12,000 videos have been shipped to mine safety and health trainers in more than 36 countries. Thirteen articles and papers have been published by SRL on this work since 2000; 35 presentations have been given at national and international conferences; and 2 reports have been prepared by outside researchers under contract to evaluate the effectiveness of the videos as training tools. Industries as diverse as insurance, tunnel building and construction, the military, and even university occupational safety and health programs have started to use the training videos. NIOSH videos have been recognized for their outstanding contribution to safety and health training and have earned several national awards. These include the NIOSH top honors for Educational Materials (Alice Hamilton Awards) in 2000 and 2001, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Communicators’ Roundtable Award for Electronic Media in 2002, a Guiding Light award from ISMSP in 2002, the ISMSP Highest Degree of Safety Award in 2000, and a Telly award in 2003.

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