ORGANIZATION OF THE REPORT

The remainder of the report presents the findings from the committee’s evaluation. Chapter 2 provides the committee’s assessment of the “ideal” research program in AFF, which is intended to provide a benchmark with which to compare the existing program. Chapter 3 evaluates the overall AFF Program according to its strategic goals and other elements. Chapters 4-8 review the subjects of the major research goals of the AFF Program: hazard surveillance, priority populations at risk, health effects of agricultural agent exposures, hazard control systems, and outreach. Chapter 9 evaluates other AFF Program elements that the committee identified as compared to its ideal program. Chapter 10 rates the research program’s relevance to and impact on reducing workplace injury and illness, and provides rationale for the AFF Program’s scores. Chapter 11 reviews the program’s mechanisms for identifying emerging issues in the AFF work sectors, and identifies issues that merit future attention. Chapter 12 provides recommendations to strengthen the NIOSH AFF Program and increase its relevance and impact.



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