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Respiratory Diseases Research at NIOSH Reviews of Research Programs of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Committee to Review the NIOSH Respiratory Diseases Research Program Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology Division on Earth and Life Studies
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COMMITTEE TO REVIEW THE NIOSH RESPIRATORY DISEASES RESEARCH PROGRAM Members Mark Utell (Chair), University of Rochester, New York John Balmes, University of California, San Francisco Paul Blanc, University of California, San Francisco Elizabeth Chamberlin, Massey Coal Services, Chapmanville, WV Rogene Henderson, Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute, Albuquerque,Â NM David Mannino, University of Kentucky, Lexington James Merchant, University of Iowa, Iowa City Jacqueline Nowell, United Food and Commercial Workers International, Washington, DC Charles Poole, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Richard Schlesinger, Pace University, New York, NY Noah Seixas, University of Washington, Seattle Ira Tager, University of California, Berkeley David Wegman, University of Massachusetts, Lowell Staff K. John Holmes, Senior Program Officer Karl E. Gustavson, Senior Program Officer David J. Policansky, Scholar Ruth E. Crossgrove, Senior Editor CAY BUTLER, Editor Mirsada Karalic-Loncarevic, Manager, Technical Information Center Jordan Crago, Senior Project Assistant Morgan R. motto, Senior Program Assistant Radiah A. Rose, Senior Editorial Assistant Sponsor National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Preface The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) was estab- lished by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 to âconduct . . . research, experiments, and demonstrations relating to occupational safety and healthâ and to develop âinnovative methods, techniques, and approaches for dealing with [those] problems.â One component of these activities is the Respiratory Diseases Research Program, whose stated mission is âto provide national and international leadership for the prevention of work-related respiratory diseases, using a scientific approach to gather and synthesize information, create knowledge, provide recommendations, and deliver products and services to those who can effect prevention.â Work-related respiratory diseases are a serious problem of major magnitude. NIOSH indicates that deaths from work-related respiratory disease and malignancies account for about 70 percent of all occupational disease mortality. In this report, the Committee to Review the NIOSH Respiratory Diseases R Â esearch Program evaluates NIOSHâs Respiratory Diseases Research Program (RDRP). Using a framework developed by the NRC Committee to Review the NIOSH Research Program, this committee focused primarily on the last 10 years of RDRP activities to review the relevance and impact of RDRPâs research portfolio. In its evaluation the committee also discusses and makes recommendations for upcoming research areas and challenges to be addressed by RDRP. This report has been reviewed in draft form by persons chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise in accordance with procedures approved by vii
viii Preface the NRCâs Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in mak- ing its published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards of objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process. We wish to thank the following for their review of this report: Lisa Brosseau, University of Minnesota; William Bunn III, International Truck & Engine Corporation; David Christiani, Harvard School of Public Health; Ellen Eisen, Harvard School of Public Health; Terry Gordon, New York University; Joel Kaufman, University of Washington; Franklin Mirer, Hunter College of the City University of New York; Roger McCarthy, Exponent, Inc.; Gunter Oberdorster, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry; Lorann Stallones, Colorado State University; and James Weeks, Advanced Tech- nologies and Laboratories International, Inc. Although the reviewers listed above have provided many constructive com- ments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the conclusions or rec- ommendations, nor did they see the final draft of the report before its release. The review of this report was overseen by the review coordinator Frank Speizer, Harvard Medical School, and the review monitor, Mark Cullen, Yale University School of Medicine. Appointed by the NRC, they were responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this report was carried out in accor- dance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the committee and the institution. The committee gratefully acknowledges the following for making presenta- tions to the committee: Michael Attfield, Vincent Castranova, Paul Henneberger, Kathleen Kreiss, Jacek Mazurek, Paul Schulte, Lewis Wade, David Weissman, and Ainsley Weston, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health; Jim Cooper, Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association; David Duebner, Brush Inc.; Amanda Edens and William Perry, Occupational Safety and Health Admin- istration; Franklin E. Mirer, Hunter College; George Niewiadomski, Mine Safety and Health Administration; James Weeks, Advanced Technologies and Laboratories International, Inc. The committee also thanks Raymond Sinclair, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, for serving as the liaison to the committee and for his outstanding service and professionalism. The committee is also grateful for the assistance of the NRC staff in prepar- ing this report. Staff members who contributed to this effort are K. John Holmes, Karl Gustavson, and David Policansky, study directors; James Reisa, director of the
Preface ix Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology; Ruth Crossgrove and Cay Butler, editors; Mirsada Karalic-Loncarevic, research associate; and Morgan Motto, senior project assistant. I would especially like to thank the committee for their efforts throughout the development of this report. Mark J. Utell, Chair Committee to Review the NIOSH Respiratory Diseases Research Program
Contents SUMMARY 1 1 INTRODUCTION 15 Overview of the Respiratory Diseases Research Program, 18 Study Charge and Evaluation Committee, 27 Evaluation Approach, 28 Organization of the Report, 32 2 EVALUATION OF THE RESPIRATORY DISEASES RESEARCH PROGRAM 34 RDRP Goals, Subgoals, and Resources, 35 External Factors Affecting the RDRP, 35 Surveillance, Health Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance Program, and Other Input Activities, 39 Introduction to Relevance and Impacts Assessment, 42 Strategic Goal 1: Prevent and Reduce Work-Related Airway Diseases, 43 Strategic Goal 2: Prevent and Reduce Interstitial Lung Diseases, 59 Strategic Goal 3: Prevent and Reduce Work-Related Infectious Respiratory Diseases, 81 Strategic Goal 4: Prevent and Reduce Work-Related Respiratory Malignancies, 97 xi
xii Contents Strategic Goal 5: Prevent Respiratory and Other Diseases Potentially Resulting from Occupational Exposures to Nanomaterials, 109 Overall Assessment of the RDRP Relevance and Impacts, 117 3 EMERGING RESEARCH AND RESEARCH ISSUES 120 Strategic Goal 1: Prevent and Reduce Work-Related Airways Diseases, 120 Strategic Goal 2: Prevent and Reduce Work-Related Interstitial Lung Diseases, 122 Strategic Goal 3: Prevent and Reduce Work-Related Infectious Respiratory Diseases, 125 Strategic Goal 4: Prevent and Reduce Work-Related Respiratory Malignancies, 127 Strategic Goal 5: Prevent Respiratory and Other Diseases Potentially Resulting from Occupational Exposures to Nanomaterials, 128 Cross-Cutting Issues: Continuing and Emerging Issues Cutting Across Multiple Program Goals, 129 4 RECOMMENDATIONS 132 Strategic Goal 1: Prevent and Reduce Work-Related Airway Diseases, 132 Strategic Goal 2: Prevent and Reduce Work-Related Interstitial Lung Diseases, 139 Strategic Goal 3: Prevent and Reduce Work-Related Infectious Respiratory Diseases, 141 Strategic Goal 4: Prevent and Reduce Work-Related Respiratory Malignancies, 143 Strategic Goal 5: Prevent Respiratory and Other Diseases Potentially Resulting from Occupational Exposures to Nanomaterials, 144 Cross-Cutting Issues, 145 Broader Programmatic Goals, 149 REFERENCES 150 APPENDIXES A Framework for the Review of Research Programs of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health 173 B Stakeholder Responses: Online Survey 217 C Bibliographic Information for the Committee to Review the NIOSH Respiratory Diseases Research Program 223 D Biographic Information on the Committee to Review the NIOSH Respiratory Diseases Research Program 226
Tables, Figures, and Boxes TABLES 1-1 Timeline of Administrative Developments Related to NIOSH Respiratory Diseases Research, 19 1-2 NORA Priority Research Areas, 21 1-3 Example of NORAâs Matrix Approach to Coordinating Research, 21 1-4 NORA2 Structure, 22 1-5 NIOSH RDRP Funding by Fiscal Year, 1996-2005, 25 1-6 NIH versus NIOSH Extramural Funding, 26 2-1 Strategic Goals and Subgoals of the NIOSH RDRP, as of February 2007, 36 2-2 NIOSH RDRP Budget and Staffing by Research Goals, 37 2-3 NIOSH Divisions, Laboratories, and Offices Involved in the RDRP, 39 2-4 Summary of Infectious Diseases Program Outputs and Outcomes, 82 A-1 NORA High-priority Research Areas by Category, 181 A-2 Examples of NIOSH Program Research and Transfer Activities, 198 A-3 Examples of a Variety of Scientific Information Outputs, 201 A-4 Evaluation Committee Worksheet to Assess Research Programs and SubÂprograms, 209 xiii
xiv Tables, Figures, and Boxes C-1 List of Documents and Other Items Submitted by the NIOSH RDRP to the National Academies Evaluation Committee between October 10, 2006 and May 17, 2007, 224 FIGURES 1-1 NIOSH organization chart, as of October 2006, 16 1-2 RDRP projects throughout NIOSH, 23 1-3 Flow chart for the evaluation of the NIOSH research program, 29 1-4 Logic model for the RDRP, 32 2-1 Proportional Allocation of RDRP Intramural Funds by Goal by Fiscal Year,Â 38 2-2 Reductions in respirable dust concentrations derived from MSHA compliance data, and prevalence of CWP among participants in the Coal Workersâ Health Surveillance Program, 1970-2005, 67 A-1 The NIOSH operational plan presented as a logic model, 182 A-2 Flow chart for the evaluation of the NIOSH research program, 186 BOXES S-1 Scoring Criteria for NIOSH Program Reviews from Framework Document,Â 5 S-2 Summary of Recommendations, 13 1-1 Criteria for Rating Relevance, 30 1-2 Criteria for Rating Impact, 31 1-3 Logic Model Terms and Examples, 33 2-1 Scoring Criteria for NIOSH Program Reviews from Framework Document, 118 4-1 Summary of Recommendations, 134 B-1 Letter with Questionnaire, 218
Abbreviations and Acronyms AIHA American Industrial Hygiene Association ALFORD Appalachian Laboratory for Occupational Respiratory Diseases ALOSH Appalachian Laboratory for Occupational Safety and Health AMT 3-amino-5-mercapto-1,2,4,-triazole AOEC Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics APR Air Purifying Respirators ASTM American Society for Testing and Materials ATS American Thoracic Society ATSDR Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry BDS Biological Detection Systems BEST Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology BLS Bureau of Labor Statistics BRDPI Biomedical Research and Development Price Index BRFSS Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance Survey BSC Board of Scientific Counselors CBD Chronic Beryllium Disease CBR Chemical, Biological, and Radiological CBRN Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COPD Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease xv
xvi A b b r e v i at i o n s and Acronyms CPWR Center to Protect Workersâ Rights CWP Coal Workersâ Pneumoconiosis CSTE Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists DART Division of Applied Research and Technology DBBS Division of Biological and Behavioral Science DELS Division of on Earth and Life Sciences DHHS Department of Health and Human Services DOD Department of Defense DOE Department of Energy DOI Department of the Interior DPSE Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering DRDS Division of Respiratory Disease Studies DSHEFS Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations and Field Studies DSR Division of Safety Research EC Evaluation Committee EID Education and Information Division EPA Environmental Protection Agency FBI Federal Bureau of Investigation FC Framework Committee FDA Food and Drug Administration FDNY Fire Department of New York FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency FEV1 Forced Expiratory Volume in One Second FTE Full-Time Equivalent FVC Forced Vital Capacity HELD Health Effects Laboratory Division HEPA High-Efficiency Particulate Aerosol HETA HHE and Technical Assistance HHE Health Hazard Evaluation HMW High Molecular Weight IARC International Agency for Research on Cancer ILO International Labour Office ILSI International Life Sciences Institute IOM Institute of Medicine ISO International Standards Organization
A b b r e v i at i o n s and Acronyms xvii JEM Job-Exposure Matrix LMW Low Molecular Weight MDI Methylene Diisocyanate MESA Mine Enforcement and Safety Administration MINER Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response MMWR Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report MOU Memorandum of Understanding MSHA Mine Safety and Health Administration NA National Academies NAS National Academy of Sciences NACOSH National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health NCEH National Center for Environmental Health NCHS National Center for Health Statistics NCI National Cancer Institute NCID National Center for Infectious Diseases NFPA National Fire Protection Association NHANES National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey NHIS National Health Interview Survey NHLBI National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute NIEHS National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences NIH National Institutes of Health NIOSH National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health NMAM NIOSH Manual of Analytical Methods NNI National Nanotechnology Initiative NOHSM National Occupational Health Survey of Mining NORA National Occupational Research Agenda NORMS National Occupational Respiratory Mortality System NPPTL National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory NRC National Research Council NSCWP National Study of Coal Workersâ Pneumoconiosis NSET Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Technology Subcommittee NSSPM National Surveillance System of Pneumoconiosis Mortality NSTC National Science and Technology Council NTP National Toxicology Program NTRC Nanotechnology Research Center OHC Office of Health Communications
xviii A b b r e v i at i o n s and Acronyms OMB Office of Management and Budget ORA Office of Regulatory Analysis ORDS Occupational Respiratory Disease Surveillance OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Administration PAPR Powered Air Purifying Respirator PART Program Assessment Rating Tool PCR Polymerase Chain Reaction PEL Permissible Exposure Limit PHS Public Health Service PPE Personal Protective Equipment PRL Pittsburgh Research Laboratory RCF Refractory Ceramic Fibers RDRP Respiratory Diseases Research Program REL Recommended Exposure Limit SARS Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome SENSOR Sentinel Event Notification System for Occupational Risks SPIROLA Spirometry Longitudinal Data Analysis SRL Spokane Research Laboratory TB Tuberculosis TC Total Carbon TDI Toluene Diisocyanate TIL Total Inward Leakage UMWA United Mine Workers of America USPS United States Postal Service UVGI Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation VA Veteransâ Administration VOC Volatile Organic Compound WHO World Health Organization WoRLD Work-Related Lung Disease WRA Work-Related Asthma