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The Health Hazard Evaluation Program at NIOSH: Reviews of Research Programs of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Develop systematic approaches to identify hazards where OSHA permissible exposure limits are inadequate or nonexistent, to identify unknown hazards, and to identify known hazards encountered under new circumstances (Chapter 3, page 78).
Establish and periodically review a tickler file of inconclusive or unexpected evaluation results to determine whether new trends or problems may be emerging (Chapter 3, page 78).
Periodically meet with intramural and extramural research scientists and stakeholders in government, academe, labor, and industry to discuss specific unresolved evaluations, to review aggregate findings, and to solicit input about new or emerging hazards or interventions. The HHE Program could establish one or more stakeholder groups to assist in identifying exposure circumstances or types of workplaces that could be the object of HHE requests likely to have high relevance and impact. The NORA sector councils may serve this function (Chapter3, page 78).
Recommendation 8: Continue to provide guidance and recommendations during public health emergencies. To accomplish this, the HHE Program could
Remain diligent by working with NIOSH management to avoid negative impact on routine activities of the HHE Program as a result of emergency response activities (Chapter 4, page 119).
Develop a mechanism, such as the enlistment of help from training program participants and alumni, to ensure continuation of routine operations in the absence of staff involved in emergency response (Chapter 4, page 119).