Performance Improvement 2001. Development of an Evaluation System to Assess NIOSH's Health Hazard Evaluation Program


The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's (NIOSH's) Health Hazard Evaluation (HHE) program responds to approximately 450 requests for on-site health evaluations from various agencies per year. Each on-site evaluation report contains recommendations to address health hazards identified. This study's purpose was to determine if the report recommendations were implemented to reduce the hazards in a cost-effective manner. Through meetings with HHE staff and stakeholder interviews the study documented program strengths and accomplishments. There were a number of instances where HHE reports identified new hazards, initiated wider studies, and issued alerts resulting in regulatory or procedural changes that improved worker health and safety. Some reports lacked sufficient timeliness and the recommendations were impractical. The study findings suggest that NIOSH should regularly gather information about the implementation of HHE report recommendations, optimally with a telephone follow-up survey. In addition, NIOSH should develop an evaluation system to document the impact of HHE reports on reduction of health hazards.

AGENCY SPONSOR: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

FEDERAL CONTACT: David S. Sundin, 513-841-4382

PIC ID: 5922

PERFORMER: Research Triangle Institute, Research Triangle Park, NC