Performance Improvement 2008. Does the Mining Research Program Effectively Target Causes of Occupational Injury, Illness, and Death?


The study examined whether mining research has reduced the number of adverse occupational health events. The Mining Research Program was planned and implemented to reduce occupational fatalities, injuries, and illnesses in mine workers. In the last three decades, improvements in mining technology and training have resulted in greater safety and health. A Framework Committee developed guidelines for evaluating the research programs. The National Academies organized an Evaluation Committee to assess the mining program´s progress toward reducing workplace illness and injury measuring relevance and impact of the research. The Committee considered how well the mining program targets new research to areas most relevant to future improvements in workplace protection and identified mining workplace health and safety issues.

The mining program has significantly enhanced health and safety in the mining industry. The Committee concluded that the Mining Program´s research targets high-priority areas and is connected to improvements in the workplace. The Committee also found that the Mining Program´s work has made major contributions in some areas such as respiratory disease prevention and traumatic injury prevention, The Committee recommended strategic goals, interaction effectiveness, outputs, surveillance, and technology transfer. These recommendations will guide the mining program´s future research and transfer activities.

Report Title: Mining Safety and Health Research at NIOSH
Agency Sponsor:
CDC, Centers for Disease Control
Federal Contact:
DeKeely Hartsfield, 404-498-2544
National Academies

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