In 1996 the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and its partners unveiled the National Occupational Research agenda (NORA). NORA was developed by NIOSH and its partners in the public and private sectors to provide a framework to guide occupational safety and health research for the next decade. The effort to guide and coordinate research focused on 21 priority areas. As a working blueprint for innovative research, NORA has stimulated strong support and broad partnerships across industry, labor, government and the academic community. Through NORA and its collaborative structure, the Nation is better positioned to counter the toll of workplace injury, illness, and death in this time of unprecedented change in the American workplace. This document contains 446 abstract and impact statements from researchers who responded concerning their research projects identified as NORA from 1996-2005. The 188 extramural projects (out of353 identified as NORA), 256 intramural projects, and two cooperative agreements illustrate the impressive range of NORA priorities and the high quality of research that continues to result from these national partnerships. The intent of this document is to emphasize the importance of the transfer and translation of research findings, technologies, and information into highly effective strategies, practices and products that assist the prevention of injuries and illnesses of workers. A separate electronic collection titled A Compendium of NORA Research Projects and Impacts, 1996-2005 contains more complete project descriptions. The Team Document: Ten years of leadership advancing the National Occupational Research Agenda complements this volume and describes the accomplishments of the twenty NORA Teams. NIOSH is continuing to work with its partners to focus research on ways to develop effective products, translate research findings into practice, target dissemination efforts, and evaluate and demonstrate effectiveness. What is clear from the NORA research effort is that it takes the collaboration of many parties, including labor, industry, academia, private organizations and government to maximize the return on research investment. By providing brief project summaries and contact information, we hope this impact document will provide a tool to improve networking among researchers, foster communication between researchers and end-users, and stimulate thinking on new research ideas and new ways to highlight impact. We all share the same goal: the protection, preservation and improvement of the health of people who work.
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