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The National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA)

The National Occupational Research Agenda (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. Diverse parties collaborate to identify the most critical issues in workplace safety and health. Partners then work together to develop goals and objectives for addressing these needs.  more...

National Sector Agendas

NORA Sector Councils  have created sector agendas for the nation to guide research and research-to-practice through the decade ending in 2016. The Councils will update the National Sector Agendas as needed. Please send suggestions for improving the agendas any time. All comments sent to the NORA Coordinator will be forwarded to the relevant Council.


Multidisciplinary Successes

The NORA Healthcare and Social Assistance Sector Council has helped achieve notable successes in promoting improved occupational safety and health through multidisciplinary approaches. The American Nurses Association standards Safe Patient Handling and Mobility were developed and require implementation by a multidisciplinary team that includes nurses, physical therapists, occupational health specialists, occupational therapists, and others. An international working group published Cleaning and Disinfecting Environmental Surfaces in Health Care: Toward an Integrated Framework for Infection and Occupational Illness Prevention. A review that appeared in the May issue of the journal published by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology endorsed the workgroup’s call for hospitals to have multidisciplinary infection prevention teams that include occupational health. For more information, contact

Research Translation

Occupational safety and health researchers are learning more about causes of disease and injury and about the preventative interventions that work. A challenge is how best to translate research results and disseminate interventions into workplaces. The Manufacturing Sector Council is exploring new, coordinated translation mechanisms with Council members and partners like the National Safety Council and with tools like blogs and Twitter to engage those responsible for safe and healthy workplaces. Different metrics such as number of visitors to our website, comments submitted, and number of views of our web pages and videos indicate that this coordination had a measurable impact on our information dissemination efforts. Contact Thais Morata at for more information and partnership opportunities.

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