AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY, AND FISHING RESEARCH PROGRAM GOALS

The AFF Program identified five major goals consistent with its congressional mandate: surveillance, special populations at risk, health effects of exposure to agricultural agents, control systems, and outreach (see Box 3-1). The committee evaluated each major goal and compared programmatic components of the existing program with those of the ideal AFF Program described in Chapter 2. The committee chose to rename the major goals so that their names would better encompass and depict the subjects that the AFF Program had identified: surveillance (Chapter 7), populations at risk (Chapter 8), health effects research (Chapter 9), intervention research (Chapter 10), and knowledge diffusion and technology transfer (Chapter 11).

Following the guidance of the Framework Document, the committee carried out its evaluation by using the terminology and organization of a logic model

BOX 3-1

Major Goals of the AFF Program

Goal 1: Surveillance—Reduce injuries and illnesses in the agriculture, forestry, and fishing workforce by understanding the characteristics of those injuries and illnesses so as to target research and interventions that reduce hazardous exposures.


Goal 2: Priority Populations at Risk—Reduce injuries and illnesses of special populations of workers in these sectors by determining their significant risk factors and identifying and recommending interventions.


Goal 3: Health Effects of Agricultural Agent Exposures—Reduce injuries and illnesses by understanding the long-term, chronic effects of exposures from agriculture-related chemical or physical agents to farmers, their families, and applicators so as to implement controls that prevent harmful exposures.


Goal 4: Hazard-Control Systems—Reduce injuries and illnesses resulting from work-related exposures by developing, demonstrating, and making available control systems that eliminate, guard against, or warn of the hazard.


Goal 5: Outreach—Reduce injuries and illnesses by informing and educating employers and employees in AFF about occupational safety and health hazards and control systems.


SOURCE: NIOSH, 2006a.



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