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National Occupational Injury Research Symposium (NOIRS)

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About NOIRS 2011

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), in partnership with the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety (LMRIS) and the National Safety Council (NSC), hosted the fifth National Occupational Injury Research Symposium (NOIRS) on October 18-20, 2011 at the Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown, West Virginia. NOIRS is the only national forum focused on the presentation of occupational injury research findings, data, and methods.

This symposium served numerous objectives aimed at preventing traumatic occupational injury through research and prevention. They included:

  • Presenting current research findings.
  • Fostering collaboration among researchers from a broad range of disciplines, perspectives, and topic areas.
  • Identifying "best practices" for the prevention of work-related injuries.
  • Exploring the cost-effectiveness of injury prevention strategies and interventions.
  • Showcasing innovative and high technology approaches to research and prevention.
  • Continuing to promote the implementation of the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA).

Questions addressed included:

  • What are the latest traumatic occupational injury research findings?
  • What are emerging problems and research areas in workplace trauma?
  • How is prevention through design being applied to occupational injury research and prevention?
  • What activities are being done to implement research to practice in the area of traumatic occupational injury?
  • What are the best practice intervention and prevention strategies?
  • What are the economic costs of traumatic occupational injuries and are the prevention strategies cost-effective?
  • What are the trends in traumatic occupational injury and fatality incidence? In research tools, techniques, and methods? In prevention?
  • What specific workplace risks are faced by adolescents, older adults, foreign-born workers, non-English-speaking workers, low-literacy workers, and other special populations?
  • How can researchers and practitioners in different sectors and disciplines better 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. We encouraged participation by all interested individuals, including:

  • Safety researchers
  • Safety practitioners
  • Health care professionals
  • Administrators
  • Epidemiologists
  • Engineers
  • Manufacturers
  • Communication Researchers
  • Regulators
  • Employers
  • Policy makers
  • Insurers
  • Students
  • Advocates
  • Workers
  • Educators and trainers
  • Others interested in attending

The symposium consisted of contributed oral presentations in concurrent sessions and a poster session.