Planning a balanced national mine safety and health research program using risk analysis and stakeholder input

Grayson, R. L.
Organization: Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration
Pages: 8
Publication Date: Jan 1, 2002
The Office for Mine Safety and Health Research, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health is responsible for providing research leadership in the prevention of mining work-related illness, injury and death. Planning of the NIOSH FY99 research program focused on the comprehensive collection and risk analysis of fatality, injury and illness data according to commodity and mine type. This data, coupled with the mapping of information obtained from stakeholder meetings over several years, provided the basis for prioritizing research needs. Results of the combined analysis were compared to the FY98 program to identify surveillance and research gap areas. The FY98 research program was then assessed according to commodity and mine type and compared with exposure assessments, traumatic fatality rates, injury rates and employment trends in each commodity-mine type combination to gain insight into the potential balance of the future research program. This paper presents the methods, data and results of this planning process.
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