National Occupational Research Agenda for Immune, Infectious, and Dermal Disease Prevention (IID)
The National Occupational Research Agenda for IID is intended to identify the knowledge and actions most urgently needed to prevent immune, infectious, and dermal diseases. This agenda provides a vehicle for interested parties to describe the most relevant issues, research gaps, and needs for the public safety workforce. It is meant to be broader than any one agency or organization.
The IID Agenda was developed collaboratively, with web-based meetings and e-mail discussions among the IID Council members. Members first individually identified broad, evidence-based objectives informed by their areas of knowledge, expertise and concern, and then each suggestion was discussed by the Council at subsequent meetings. These discussions led to refinement of the objectives and supporting language for justification. Ultimately, six objectives were agreed upon for the IID Agenda, which was finalized after a public comment period.
Objective 1: Investigate effects of recurring low-level occupational exposures on dermal, immune, and infectious diseases
Objective 2: Investigate the contributions of skin exposure to the overall body burden of toxic substances
Objective 3: Improve current skin exposure measurement methods
Objective 4: Reduce the incidence and transmission of infectious disease in the workplace
Objective 5: Reduce the incidence of allergic disease in the workplace
Objective 6: Investigate autoimmune disease risk associated with occupational and environmental exposures