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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.


Partnership Produces New Information on Injury Risk to Oil and Gas Extraction Workers

A partnership arising from the NORA Oil and Gas Extraction Council produced the first paper comparing injury rates among workers on new- and old-technology rotary rigs. Data from the largest U.S. drilling contractor were analyzed by NIOSH. The company’s overall injury rate on new rigs with controls was 33% lower than that on older rigs (without controls); the rate of severe injuries was nearly half. For more information, contact

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