The goal of intervention research is to develop practical strategies and techniques that effectively reduce or prevent workplace injuries and illnesses. Workplace safety and health interventions include but are not limited to developing and implementing specific engineering control technologies, process and work organization changes, information dissemination and health communication practices, worker/management participatory safety and health programs, safety and health training, selective use of personal protective equipment, and inspection and enforcement of protective exposure limits. Intervention research involves the testing and evaluation of interventions, programs, and policies. Although many intervention strategies have been applied to industrial settings, knowledge about what works best is limited. Corporate safety and health programs, regulatory requirements and voluntary consensus standards, workers' compensation policies and loss-control programs, engineering controls, and educational campaigns are among the types of interventions that need to be developed, implemented, and evaluated.
A. Develop techniques to evaluate the effectiveness of implemented control technologies.
B. Develop materials and methods for increasing the acceptance of new control technologies and develop approaches to eliminate or alter these barriers, including economic feasibility.
C. Develop intervention efforts in the areas of greatest need.