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NORA Services Sector Council

The NORA Services 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 2006 for the second decade of NORA. Now in the third decade of NORA (2016-2026), 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 to volunteer, or NORA Coordinator with any questions or comments about NORA in general.

Meetings and News

The NORA Services Council is currently working to update the Services Agenda for the third decade of NORA. It will be available for public comment later this year.

Sector Description

The NORA Services Sector is a highly diverse sector with over 72 million U.S. workers distributed across 10 major NAICS industry groups. It ranges from teachers to hotel housekeepers, movie producers to librarians, bank tellers to restaurant cooks, among many other occupations. The work accomplished by these workers, day after day, is even more diverse. While we can celebrate their contributions to the well-being of all of us, we know that some jobs and tasks have inherent risks. An important priority for the Sector is to address needs of workers who experience disproportionate incidence of occupational injuries and illnesses, such as temporary and contingent workers. Other important issues that cut across much of the services industry include occupational stress, hearing loss, and musculoskeletal disorders. Finally, while many can easily recognize the potential for workplace violence in banks and among public safety workers, the risk for homicide is great for workers in the restaurant, hotel, automotive repair, and laundry industries.

Information is available about the NIOSH Services Program, which facilitates the work of the council.