This document describes the successes of the teams and reflects on lessons learned during the first decade of NORA. Each NORA research team has described its efforts through a discussion of its priority area, progress made in the last ten years, and its perspective on important areas for future research. Advancing intervention effectiveness research, promoting new international standards for hearing-loss prevention, and describing new risks from hazardous drugs are just a few examples of impact that will ii be described in the following pages. Each chapter also includes a graph to illustrate trends in NORA funding by NIOSH during the past decade. A separate print compendium, titled A Focus on Impacts: NORA Research 1996-2005, and a more detailed electronic version titled A Compendium of NORA Research Projects and Impacts, 1996-2005, complement this volume and describe the accomplishments of individual NORA research projects. Preventing injury and illness on the job, where working men and women spend an important part of their adult lives, is vital for sustaining workers and families, reducing health care costs, and maintaining a strong economy. NORA has made its mark for helping create safer, healthier workplaces. It is our hope that this document will foster reflection on our previous achievements and will help us move forward for another successful decade of occupational health safety research.
Allergies; Dermatitis; Bronchial-asthma; Respiratory-system-disorders; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Cancer; Control-technology; Personal-protective-equipment; Exposure-assessment; Fertility; Teratology; Hearing-loss; Indoor-air-pollution; Infectious-diseases; Back-injuries; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Synergism; Traumatic-injuries; Surveillance-programs; Indoor-environmental-quality