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National Occupational Injury Research Symposium (NOIRS)

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NOIRS 1997

NOIRS 1997

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), in association with its public and private sector partners, hosted the National Occupational Injury Research Symposium on October 15, 16, and 17, 1997 at the Appalachian Laboratories for Occupational Safety and Health in Morgantown, West Virginia.

Dr. Linda Rosenstock, NIOSH Director, welcomes nearly 300 NOIRS attendees at the opening session. Susan Baker of John Hopkins University was a keynote speaker and David Herbert of the National Safety Council also delivered a keynote address.

Dr. Linda Rosenstock  Susan Baker   David Herbert

(Speakers from left to right: Dr. Linda Rosenstock, Susan Baker, David Herbert)

Questions addressed at the symposium included:

  • What are the latest traumatic occupational injury research findings?
  • What are emerging problem areas in workplace trauma?
  • How is high technology being applied to occupational injury research and prevention?
  • Which interventions and prevention strategies do and do not work? In what specific workplaces and under what circumstances?
  • What are the economic costs of occupational injuries and how cost-effective are the prevention strategies?
  • What are current and emerging research areas and disciplines?
  • What are the trends in occupational injury and fatality incidence? In research tools, techniques, and methods? In prevention?
  • What specific workplace risks are faced by children and adolescents, older adults, minority workers, non-English-speaking workers, low-literacy workers, and other special populations?
  • How can researchers and practitioners in different sectors and disciplines collaborate and coordinate their activities to reduce traumatic occupational injuries?
  • What methods are available to assess, quantify, and compare traumatic occupational injury risks?

Occupational injury researchers from all disciplines attended and shared their research. Participants included:

  • Safety practitioners
  • Health care professionals
  • Administrators
  • Employers
  • Manufacturers
  • Educators and trainers
  • Health and science reporters
  • Communicators
  • Regulators
  • Policy makers
  • Insurers
  • Students
  • Advocates
  • Workers

The NOIRS symposium is a means of implementing the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) for traumatic occupational injuries. NORA was formulated through the cooperative efforts of business, labor, academic, safety and health, and government leaders under the sponsorship of NIOSH.

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