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National Public Safety Agenda - March 2013

An updated agenda is available here

The NORA Public Safety Sub-Sector includes corrections, emergency medical services, firefighting and law enforcement.

The NORA Public Safety Council produced the National Public Safety Agenda to address occupational safety and health issues for public safety workers after evaluation of surveillance data, expert and practitioner input, and public comments. The NORA Public Safety Sector included over 3.5 million employees and volunteers in 2011.

On any given day, public safety workers may respond to emergency calls including criminal acts, structural fires, and traumatic injuries. In some cases, they enter uncontrolled environments to rescue potential victims. These duties increase their risks for traumatic injuries and fatalities and place them in contact with biological, chemical, physical, and psychosocial hazards that are associated with cardiovascular disease, cancer, and other chronic disorders.

The Council made relatively minor revisions in preparation for adding goals related to wildland fire fighting. Comments on the Agenda are always welcome; they will be considered in future updates of this agenda. Information on wildland firefighting is of particular interest to the Council. You may submit correspondence by email to

National Public Safety Agenda

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NIOSH is interested in your opinions about the relevance and value of these strategic goals for the public safety sector. We encourage you to consider partnering with us on issues of interest to you and your organization.

Questions or Comments?

Comments on this agenda are always welcome. They will be considered in future updates of the agenda. Contact the NORA Coordinator, or the Public Safety Program Coordinator at

Sidney C. Soderholm, PhD
NORA Coordinator
William E. Haskell, M.S.
NORA Public Safety Council Co-Chair