By Institute of Medicine, National Research Council, Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources, Forestry, and Fishing Research Program Committee to Review the NIOSH Agriculture
The agriculture, forestry, and fishing sectors are the cornerstone of industries that produce meals, fiber, and biofuel. The nationwide Institute for Occupational protection and overall healthiness (NIOSH) conducts learn with a purpose to enhance employee defense and well-being in those sectors. This nationwide learn Council e-book studies the NIOSH Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing software to judge: the relevance of its paintings to advancements in occupational security and future health; and the influence of study in decreasing place of work health problems and injuries.The evaluate unearths that this system has made significant contributions to bettering employee security and healthiness in those fields. to augment the relevance and impression of its paintings and fulfil its challenge, the NIOSH Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing application may still offer nationwide management, coordination of analysis, and actions to move findings, applied sciences, and knowledge into perform. this system also will make the most of developing strategic pursuits and enforcing a entire surveillance approach so as to greater determine and music employee populations in danger.
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Although the AFF Program has been engaged in some high-priority research, it has not balanced its research efforts to reflect areas that merit the highest priority. Forestry work remains one of the deadliest occupations in the United States, but the AFF Program has yet to demonstrate substantial effort in this area outside of Alaska and the Southeastern United States. The committee is concerned that the AFF Program is not in tune with modern agricultural and forestry practices, lacks the ability to review efforts and know when to move on to other emerging issues, and consequently NIOSH does not have an accurate grasp of issues most pressing to agriculture and forestry workers.
The National Agricultural Tractor Safety Initiative is another example of a focused research effort that has been extremely relevant. Research on musculoskeletal disorders that assessed simple and direct solutions for agricultural worker populations is an important issue that was addressed and that had a direct impact on workers. The research conducted on injuries and respiratory diseases is notable, even though efforts were somewhat disjointed at times. The AFF Program’s current collaboration with other federal agencies on the Agricultural Health Study is a crucial endeavor that addresses the effects of environmental, occupational, dietary, and genetic factors on the health of the agricultural population.
Regulatory and enforcement authority rests with such agencies as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). STUDY CHARGE AND EVALUATION COMMITTEE NIOSH asked the National Academies to conduct reviews of as many as 15 of its research programs with respect to their impact on and relevance to reducing workplace injury and illness and to identify directions for future research. The NIOSH Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing Research Program (the AFF Program) is the third to undergo such evaluation: the Hearing Loss Research Program and the Mining Safety and Health Research Program were the first two programs evalu- 15 Copyright © National Academy of Sciences.
Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing Research at NIOSH by Institute of Medicine, National Research Council, Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources, Forestry, and Fishing Research Program Committee to Review the NIOSH Agriculture