Occupational Cancer – Information for Researchers

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Information for Researchers

Cancer, Reproductive, Cardiovascular, and Other Chronic Disease Prevention Program (CRC)

National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) is a partnership program to stimulate innovative research and improved workplace practices. It consists of ten industry sectors based on major areas of the U.S. economy, and seven health and safety cross-sectors organized according to the major health and safety issues affecting the U.S. working population.

The CRC cross-sector of NORA provides leadership in the prevention of a number of different work-related diseases and conditions. The CRC Program works with partners in industry, labor, trade associations, professional organizations, and academia focusing on preventing and reducing:

  1. occupational cancer
  2. adverse reproductive outcomes related to work exposures
  3. cardiovascular disease (CVD) among workers
  4. occupational neurologic and renal disease
Cancer Surveillance

National Firefighter Registry (NFR)
The NFR will be used to track and analyze cancer trends and risk factors among U.S. fire fighters.

National Occupational Mortality Surveillance (NOMS)
NIOSH’s NOMS program is a federal-state partnership that monitors changes in cause of death by usual occupation or industry in the United States.

Collecting and Using Industry and Occupation Data
It is important to collect work-related information on case reports and public health surveys so researchers can consider all the factors that may make a person sick. Before you begin collecting and using industry and occupation information, there are some things to consider to ensure you get the information you need.

A Cancer Registrar’s Guide to Collecting Industry and Occupation (DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 2011-173)
The usual (longest-held) occupation and industry of workers can reveal the national cancer burden by industry and occupation. Such information can also be used to help discover jobs that may have a high risk for cancer or other diseases and for which prevention efforts can be focused.

NIOSH Industry and Occupation Computerized Coding System (NIOCCS)
NIOCCS is a free web-based tool used to translate industry and occupation text into standardized codes. Coding is based on the U.S. Census I&O Classification system.

Page last reviewed: June 23, 2021