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NIOSH Manufacturing Program

The NORA Manufacturing Council brings together individuals and organizations to share information, form partnerships, and promote adoption and dissemination of solutions that work. It was formed in 2006 for the second decade 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 Council Co-Chair or NORA Coordinator with any questions, comments, or to volunteer.

Meetings and News

The draft National Occupational Research Agenda for Manufacturing is open for public comment until October 23, 2017. You can read the draft agenda and provide comments by clicking here.  Alternatively, you can go to and enter CDC-2017-0072 in the search field and click “Search”. If you have any questions, contact

Sector Description

The Manufacturing sector includes establishments engaged in the mechanical, physical, or chemical transformation of materials, substances, or components into new products under NAICS codes 31-33. The assembling of component parts of manufactured products is considered manufacturing, except in cases where the activity is appropriately classified in Sector 23, Construction. Establishments in the Manufacturing sector are often described as plants, factories, or mills and characteristically use power-driven machines and materials-handling equipment. There are over 15 million workers in manufacturing, who are at risk for hearing loss, musculoskeletal disorders, traumatic injuries, and hazardous chemical exposures. More information can be found at the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Industries at a Glance: Manufacturing website.
Information is available about the NIOSH Manufacturing Program which facilitates the work of the Council