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Respiratory Health Cross-Sector Council

The NORA Respiratory Health Cross-Sector Council brings together individuals and organizations to share information, form partnerships, and promote adoption and dissemination of solutions that work. It was formed in 2016 for the third decade of NORA. The Council seeks to facilitate the most important research, understand the most effective intervention strategies, and learn how to implement those strategies to achieve sustained improvements in workplace practice. Contact the Co-Chair or NORA Coordinator with any questions, comments, or to volunteer.

Meetings and News

The public comment period for the draft National Occupational Research Agenda for Respiratory Health has been extended to July 13, 2018.  To provide input and help set the agenda for worker respiratory health, go to, and enter CDC-2018-0024 in the search field and click “Search”.

Cross-Sector Description

The NORA Respiratory Health Cross-Sector advances primary and secondary prevention addressing a range of hazardous exposures and their adverse respiratory health effects including lower airways diseases (e.g., asthma, chronic obstructive lung disease); upper airways diseases (e.g., rhinosinusitis); interstitial lung diseases (e.g., coal workers’ pneumoconiosis, asbestosis, silicosis); respiratory infectious diseases (e.g., tuberculosis, influenza, anthrax, emerging infectious diseases); respiratory tract and pleural malignancies (e.g., lung cancer, mesothelioma); and emerging exposures and related diseases (e.g., engineered nanomaterials, World Trade Center dust, flavoring chemicals). In addition to preventing work-related respiratory disease, seeks to improve workers’ respiratory health.

Information is available about the NIOSH Respiratory Health Program, which facilitates the work of the Council