Seven Proposed Objectives for U.S. Government Initiative Focus on OHS

Published December 12, 2018

NIOSH is encouraging individuals to submit comments on proposed objectives for Healthy People, a health promotion and disease prevention initiative of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The next iteration of the initiative, Healthy People 2030, or HP2030, is intended to address “the leading causes of morbidity and mortality and [drive] action at the national, state, and local levels” during the upcoming decade. NIOSH urges commenters to focus on the seven “core objectives” that have been proposed to address occupational safety and health. According to HHS, core objectives of HP2030 represent “high priority public health issues.” A 2030 target will be set to measure each science-based, 10-year objective.

HHS proposes to include the following OHS objectives in HP2030:

  1. Reduce deaths from work-related injuries in all industries
  2. Reduce nonfatal work-related injuries resulting in one or more days away from work, as reported by employers
  3. Reduce pneumoconiosis deaths
  4. Reduce work-related assaults
  5. Reduce the rate of elevated blood lead levels in adults with work-related lead exposure
  6. Reduce occupational skin diseases or disorders among full-time workers
  7. Reduce new cases of occupational hearing loss

The department is also accepting suggestions for new objectives.

The public comment period will be option until Jan. 17, 2019, at 5 p.m. ET. Information about how to participate in the comment period is available on the Healthy People website.