History of NIOSH D.R.E.A.M. Initiative

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) at intervals the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with the support of twelve cosponsors and over one hundred seventy five participants recently held the Direct-Reading Exposure Assessment Ways (D.R.E.A.M.) Workshop (November thirteen-14, 2008; Arlington, VA; Hilton Crystal City). The purpose of the workshop was to gather stakeholder input from academia, labor, management, developers, governmental agencies, and manufacturers on the analysis wants in the world of direct reading ways for assessing occupational exposures. In the morning of the first day, there was a general session attended by all meeting registrants. The final session included a cluster of plenary state-of-the-art shows by invited speakers that addressed direct reading exposure assessment ways for workplaces and problems relevant to the broad range of employment sectors and occupational hazards, such as validation, data handling, interpretation, etc. After the overall session, there have been six concurrent breakout sessions divided by hazard. The occupational hazards were aerosols, gases/vapors, ergonomics, noise, radiation, and surface sampling/biomonitoring. In each break session, the attendees:
Described the necessary comprehensive and modern data about the state-of-the-art/ state-of-the-science relating to real-time assessment of employee exposure
Determined if direct-reading methods for their exposure of interest are obtainable
Identified gaps within the currently-accessible technology for real-time exposure strategies
Specified agendas for direct-reading method research by occupational agent hazard category