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HHS - 1021 - Safety and Occupational Health Study Section - Authorized by Law


Committee NameSafety and Occupational Health Study SectionAgency NameDepartment of Health and Human Services
Fiscal Year2022Committee Number1021
Original Establishment Date12/22/1960Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*20
Current Charter Date6/30/2022Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Committee Management Specialist
Date Of Renewal Charter6/30/2024Designated Federal Officer PrefixMs.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Joanne
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Fairbanks
Establishment Authority*Authorized by LawDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*42 U.S.C. 217aDesignated Federal Officer Phone*304-285-6143
Effective Date Of Authority*11/17/1962Designated Federal Officer Fax*304-285-6147
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Grant Review Committee


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Study Section accomplishes its purpose as a result of: 1) qualified scientific review administrators and support staff; 2) continued success in recruiting leading researchers in occupational safety and health for membership on the committee; 3) ample meeting and logistic resources; 4) appropriate coordination with related National Institutes of Health study sections; 5) and consistency in development and application of administrative rules and guidelines for peer review among the various Department of Health and Human Services institutes and centers. The main measure of success is acknowledgment by the scientific community that the highest quality applications in occupational safety and health are being identified by the Study Section. NOTE: The Study Section received 140 applications and reviewed 73 grant applications, requesting $125,563747.00 in support. The total amount awarded for FY22 was $2,983,466.00.
How is membership balanced?*The Study Section is balanced in terms of female and ethnic/minority representation, as well as geographic distribution. The Study Section is composed of 20 public members with expertise in occupational medicine and nursing, industrial hygiene, occupational safety and engineering, toxicology, chemistry, safety and health education, ergonomics, epidemiology, psychology, and pulmonary pathology/physiology. These 20 members are usually augmented by 14-18 consultant reviewers to manage the application review load per member and to supplement the expertise of the public members.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Study Section meets three times a year and reviews between 60 and 80 applications per round in all of the specified subject areas. Meetings are very relevant. There are no other committees at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that review occupational safety and health research applications. In general, research applications submitted to NIOSH are reviewed by the Study Section. Otherwise, assignments depend on whether occupational safety and heath issues are central or peripheral to an application.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Study Section provides advice and makes recommendations to the Secretary, HHS; the Director, CDC; and the Director, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, on scientific, research, and training areas related to occupational safety and health, which are in need of special emphasis and expertise to meet such needs. The committee provides review for scientific and technical merit of all research and demonstration grant applications, as well as fellowships in the program areas related to the cause, prevention, and control of diseases and injuries in the occupational environment; provides review for educational, scientific, and technical merit of safety and occupational health training grant applications; and recommends grant applications, which merit support, to the appropriate national advisory councils. There is no direct duplication of the committee review activities with other committees.
Why close or partially close meetings?Meetings are closed since the subject matter is considered proprietary and confidential under the terms of Section 552b(c)(4) and (6), Title 5, U.S.C., and Section 10(d) of Public Law 92-463.
Recommendation RemarksDr. Jeanne Geiger-Brown retired early from the committee (11/01/2021).


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingYesAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsYes
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentNA
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*Yes
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed140
Outcome CommentNANumber Of Grants Recommended73
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$125,563,747.00
Cost Savings CommentThis method of holding committee meetings are more cost effective than Special Emphasis Panels; however, an exact amount of savings cannot be determined.Grants Review CommentThis amount reflects the dollar amount of grants received for review. The total amount awarded for FY22 was $2,983,466.00.
Number Of Recommendations*0Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThis is a grant application reivew committee and does not make recommendations.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*0.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThis is a grant application review committee and does not make recommendations.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentThis is a grant application review committee and does not make recommendations.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentThe reviewers provide critiques of the reviews online. The reviewers provide scientific scores while physically present at the meetings.
Agency Feedback Comment*The agency provides the committee and the public information on award funding. Information can be found on the NIOSH website.Narrative Description*The agency's mission and the U.S. taxpayer are served by an extramural program that funds quality (peer reviewed) applications in the area of occupational safety and health. This Study Section, which contains invaluable expertise in the multidisciplinary areas reflected in the grant applications, offers scientific advice to the agency by peer review of applications.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$18,750.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$30,000.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$71,601.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$74,895.00
Payments to Consultants*$24,250.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$30,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$156,649.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$160,048.00
Total Costs$271,250.00Est. Total Next FY*$294,943.00
Date Cost Last Modified10/27/2022 12:21 PMEst. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.62
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.62Est Cost Remarks
Cost Remarks  
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Interest Areas

Health Care
Medical Education
Occupational Safety and Health
Workforce and Occupations


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-040329Safety and Occupational Health Study Section2021
 COM-038608Safety and Occupational Health Study Section2020
 COM-036481Safety and Occupational Health Study Section2019
 COM-034680Safety and Occupational Health Study Section2018
 COM-001695Safety and Occupational Health Study Section2017
 COM-002428Safety and Occupational Health Study Section2016
 COM-004175Safety and Occupational Health Study Section2015
 COM-004398Safety and Occupational Health Study Section2014
 COM-005935Safety and Occupational Health Study Section2013
 COM-006618Safety and Occupational Health Study Section2012
 COM-008017Safety and Occupational Health Study Section2011
 COM-008843Safety and Occupational Health Study Section2010
 COM-010378Safety and Occupational Health Study Section2009
 COM-010819Safety and Occupational Health Study Section2008
 COM-012075Safety and Occupational Health Study Section2007
 COM-012879Safety and Occupational Health Study Section2006
 COM-014039Safety and Occupational Health Study Section2005
 COM-014611Safety and Occupational Health Study Section2004
 COM-015943Safety and Occupational Health Study Section2003
 COM-016480Safety and Occupational Health Study Section2002
 COM-018016Safety and Occupational Health Study Section2001
 COM-018742Safety and Occupational Health Study Section2000
 COM-019914Safety and Occupational Health Study Section1999
 COM-020412Safety and Occupational Health Study Section1998
 COM-021734Safety and Occupational Health Study Section1997