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New NIOSH Report Highlights Second Decade of the National Occupational Research Agenda

August 10, 2017
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Press Contact: Christina Spring (202)245-0633

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is highlighting ten years of occupational safety and health research in a new publication, National Occupational Research Agenda: Second Decade in Review | 2006–2016, a report of the activities, effectiveness, outcomes, and impacts of a decade of work by NIOSH and our partners in the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA).

The report outlines the progress and impact made in addressing occupational safety and health research needs over the second decade of NORA. During this decade, the focus of NORA was on moving research into practice in the workplace, with an emphasis around ten industry sectors. This report highlights the work of NIOSH and our partners in achieving this impact.

In addition to the main report, the Sector and Cross Sector Program Supplement report provides program-specific results on the work of each of the ten NORA sectors and twenty-four cross-sector programs, which were developed by NIOSH to support the NORA sector program goals and objectives.

“As we continue moving forward into the third decade of NORA, it is important to reflect on the progress we have made through the efforts of NIOSH researchers and our partners,” said NIOSH Director John Howard, M.D. “With this report, we have a clear picture of the value of bringing together groups that all have an interest in occupational safety and health and the impact we can have when we work together on shared goals.”

NORA is a partnership program to stimulate innovative research and improved workplace practices. Unveiled in 1996, NORA has become a research framework for NIOSH and the nation. Participation in NORA is broad, including stakeholders from universities, large and small businesses, professional societies, government agencies, and worker organizations. The third decade of NORA will focus on what the future of occupational safety and health research will be in 2020 and beyond.

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