areas may be restricted by limited resources, stakeholder expectations, and other external factors. Notwithstanding, it is evident the Mining Program has been moving toward bringing new areas into its research portfolio. By initiating research on a number of new fronts (e.g., chemical hazards, improved communication and training research) and by targeting more research in areas such as noise prevention, surveillance, and musculoskeletal disorders, the Mining Program has attempted, albeit in a limited manner, to address the needs of the future.

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