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Text of Broadcast Questionnaire

Opportunity for Input to the National Academies Committee to Review the NIOSH Health Hazard Evaluation Program


Dear Colleague:


The Committee to Review the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Health Hazard Evaluation (HHE) Program was formed by the National Research Council to review the impact, relevance, and future directions of the program. The study is being conducted under the auspices of the Division of Earth and Life Studies. The committee’s first meeting was held October 18-19, 2007. Your input would be valuable for consideration at future meetings on December 10-11, 2007, and January 15-16, 2008.


In addition to evaluating what the HHE Program produces, the committee will determine whether it is appropriate to credit the program with changes in workplace practices, hazardous exposures, and/or occupational illnesses and injuries, or whether the changes are the result of other unrelated factors. In conducting its assessment, the committee will evaluate

  1. The impact of the HHE Program on

  • Reducing worker risk and preventing occupational illness in investigated workplaces;

  • Transferring program-generated information to relevant employers and employees beyond the investigated workplaces;

  • NIOSH research and policy-development programs; and

  • The activities of regulatory agencies, occupational safety and health professionals and organizations, state and local health agencies, and others in the occupational health community, as achieved by transferring program-generated hazard and prevention information.

  1. The relevance of the HHE Program in addressing current and emerging workplace health hazards.

The committee has generated a list of questions (see below) to guide your input.


QUESTIONS

  1. Are you familiar with the NIOSH Health Hazard Evaluation (HHE) Program activities and reports related to occupational safety and health?

  2. How did you find out about the HHE Program (e.g., website, a recommendation)?



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