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Traumatic Injury Research at NIOSH: Reviews of Research Programs of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
external factors impacting the program and an overview of activities planned to extend research in the particular area. A draft of the TI Research Program’s “Strategic Goals for the Future” was also included.
The evidence package included appendixes for each of the following: supporting evidence by goal or subgoal; TI intramural and extramural projects; TI management and research staff; TI informational resources; TI laboratory facilities and specialized equipment; TI partners and stakeholders; TI-sponsored or supported workshops and conferences; previous TI Program evaluations; and citation and dissemination data for TI output.
NIOSH provided the Institute of Medicine (IOM) project staff with the names and contact information of 30 stakeholders identified as having an interest in occupational injury research and prevention. This list included representatives of associations, academia, product development, and federal and local government agencies. The list also included at least one representative for each of the eight traumatic injury research program goal areas (with the exception of motor vehicles), as well as four people identified as having a general interest in the TI Research Program.
Prior to the committee’s final meeting, an e-mail inviting the aforementioned stakeholders to comment on the TI Research Program was prepared and sent to stakeholders by project staff on behalf of the committee. The e-mail explained the IOM committee’s statement of task and provided an outline of the TI Research Program’s goals and subgoals. Recipients were invited to submit comments on NIOSH’s work in any or all of the goal areas. Additionally, recipients were encouraged to share the e-mail with other individuals or organizations with an interest in NIOSH’s traumatic injury research. Stakeholders could submit comments by e-mail, fax, or a Web form.
Due to low response to the first e-mail, IOM project staff sent a follow-up e-mail after the committee’s final meeting, reminding stakeholders of the opportunity to submit comments.
At the conclusion of the approximately 6-week comment period, the committee had received submissions from representatives of Femco, Inc. (a manufacturer of vehicle rollover protection devices); the National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA), Ambulance Manufacturers Division; Skyjack, Inc. (a manufacturer of fall protection equipment); the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE); and the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA). Those comments were then distributed to committee members for consideration in their evaluation of the TI Research Program. The AMSEA representative stated that NIOSH’s research