National Occupational Research Agenda for Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing

The National Occupational Research Agenda for Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (AgFF) is intended to identify the knowledge and actions most urgently needed to identify occupational risk factors to prevent avoidable adverse health outcomes among workers. This Agenda provides a vehicle for stakeholders to describe the most relevant safety and health issues, research gaps, and needs for the AgFF sector. It is meant to be broader than any one agency or organization—an agenda for the nation.

The Agenda was developed collaboratively, beginning with web-based meetings and conversation in late winter 2016 and extending into summer 2017. Council members prioritized various safety and health research issues in each subsector through a web-based survey to provide a starting point for group discussions. The survey built on the goals and objectives from the previous decade of NORA (2006-2016), input from the Sector Council in 2014-2016 on emerging issues and those that warranted being carried forward. Subsequent meetings confirmed the survey results, provided additional detail about specific areas of interest or higher priority, and elicited discussion about emerging and potential future issues for consideration. Notes from each of these meetings were used to craft and then refine a draft list of public health research objectives. The draft document was circulated among the council members, and feedback was again incorporated to prepare a draft for public comment. After considering public comments, the final version was published.

National Occupational Research Agenda for Agirculture, Foresty, and Fishing

Agriculture

AG-01: Reduce risk of fatal and nonfatal injuries to workers in the agriculture sub-sector.
AG-02: Reduce the risk of work-related illnesses to workers in the agriculture sub-sector.
AG-03: Improve reporting and surveillance of injury and illness in the agriculture sub-sector.
AG-04: Reduce the risk of illnesses and injuries in vulnerable worker populations in the agriculture sub-sector.

Forestry

FO-01: Reduce the risk of fatal and non-fatal injuries to workers in the forestry sub-sector.
FO-02: Reduce the risk of work-related illness to workers in the forestry sub-sector.
FO-03: Increase data meshing, information sharing, and collaboration among researchers in the forestry sub-sector.
FO-04: Reduce injuries and illness in vulnerable worker populations in the forestry sub-sector.

Fishing

FI-01: Reduce the risk of fatal and non-fatal injuries in the commercial fishing sub-sector.
FI-02: Reduce the risk of work-related illness to workers in the commercial fishing sub-sector.
FI-03: Increase safety & health data meshing, information sharing, & collaboration among fishing safety researchers for workers in the fishing sub-sector.
FI-04: Reduce injuries and illness in the vulnerable worker populations in the fishing sub-sector.
FI-05: Reduce the risk of illnesses and injuries in the seafood processing industry.

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