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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 April 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.


Improving School Employee Safety and Health

The Labor Occupational Health Program at the University of California, Berkeley has developed extensive guidance materials and a training program for school employee injury and illness prevention across the United States ( Elementary and secondary public education recorded more than 250,000 reportable nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses in 2012, which is greater than any other public or private industry in the United States, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics ( The NORA Services Sector Council ( highlighted the need for improved occupational safety and health for school employees in its National Services Agenda ( For more information, contact Robin Dewey at

NIOSH Partners with Dental Safety Organization to Survey Private Dental Practices

The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) (, in partnership with the NORA Healthcare and Social Assistance Sector Council and NIOSH, launched an online survey of private dental practices to evaluate the use of exposure control plans for reducing the risk of exposure to blood and other potentially infectious materials. The survey is designed to be answered by the person in each practice who has primary responsibility for implementing OSHA regulations. For more information, email

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