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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.


Aviation-Related Wildland Firefighter Fatalities

The NORA Public Safety Council set a goal of characterizing risk factors for wildland fire-related injuries in the council’s agenda for the nation. A recent MMWR article contributes to this goal. Data were obtained from federal agencies and other organizations through partnerships. Analysis of these data provided information about the types and causes of aviation incidents that led to fatalities, and the types of workers involved in these incidents. This information will be used to encourage adoption of improved safety guidelines by each organization involved in wildland firefighting.

Motor Vehicle-Related Law Enforcement Injuries

NIOSH recently launched a new topic page, “Motor-Vehicle Safety of Law Enforcement Officers,” that supports strategic goal 6 of the National Public Safety Agenda under NORA. Among the many resources provided is a description of a large ongoing study, “Evaluation of an Occupational Motor-Vehicle Crash Prevention Program in Law Enforcement.” Partnerships at the NORA Public Safety Council led to information exchange and ultimately to developing this research project. More information is available from the contacts listed on the topic page.