NIOSH Manufacturing Program


The NORA Manufacturing Council meets once per year. Workgroups meet more frequently during the year, usually by teleconference.

March 13-14, 2019 in Cincinnati, OH

Wednesday, March 13                   9:00 am – 5:00 pm ET

  • Open meeting and housekeeping
    Sarah Felknor and Frank Renshaw, Council Co-chairs
  • Updates of Council work and perspectives for future work
    Thais Morata, NIOSH
  • Respirable dust and silica exposure: benefits and limitations of advanced monitoring approaches
    Emanuele Cauda, NIOSH
  • Epi Info: Potential practical applications for industry-based OSH practitioners
    Matthew Groenewold, NIOSH
  • Updates of activities related to contingent workforce
    Michelle Owens-Gary, NORA Services Council
  • Workgroup meetings
    • Emerging Technologies
      Introduction by John Snawder (NIOSH) and Stan Brubaker (Liberty Mutual Insurance) and discussions
    • Data-driven Occupational Safety and Health Programs
      Presentations by Frank Renshaw (Bayberry EHS Consulting, LLC) and Taylor M. Shockey (NIOSH) and discussions

Thursday, March 14                        9:00 am – 12:00 pm

  • Workgroup Reports
  • Discussion of next steps and wrap-up
    Sarah Felknor, Thais Morata, and Frank Renshaw

September 24, 2019        10:00 am – 11:30 pm ET (virtual meeting)

  • Introduction to new Cincinnati structure
  • Introductions of new leaders and members of the Manufacturing Council
  • Workgroup updates
  • NIOSH Exposure Banding e-tool presentation by Dr. T. J. Lentz
  • Planning of 2020 in-person Council meeting

March 14, 2018                 9:00 am -4:15 pm in Cincinnati, OH

  • Welcome and self-introductions
    Sarah Felknor (NIOSH Manufacturing Program Manager), Thais Morata (NORA Council Co-Chair), and Frank Renshaw (NORA Council Co-chair)
  • Injury surveillance from the prism of data visualization (re Objectives 1 and 2)
    Xiangyi Duan, NIOSH
  • Introduction to the NIOSH Center for Direct Reading and Sensor Technologies (re Objective 3)
    John Snawder, NIOSH
  • Wearable technology and workplace safety (re Objective 3)
    Stanford Brubaker and Wayne S. Maynard, Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • Introduction to the Center for Occupational Robotics Research (re Objective 3)
    HeeSun Choi, NIOSH
  • Translation Research at NIOSH: Program and Applications (Objectives 5 and 6)
    Tom Cunningham and Rebecca Guerin, NIOSH
  • 3rd Decade of NORA Council activities and evaluation considerations
    Sarah Felknor and Thais Morata
  • Workgroup Reports (Jan and Feb Conference calls)
    Alysha Meyers, Pranav Rane, Thais Morata and Sarah Felknor
  • Discussion on priorities and planning of Workgroup Activities
    Breakout group discussion
  • Workgroup reports
  • Discussion of next steps and wrap-up
    Sarah Felknor and Frank Renshaw

February 2-3, 2017 in Cincinnati, OH

February 2, 2017               9:00 am – 5:00 pm

  • Welcome and self- introductions
  • Meeting objectives, Introduction to NIOSH portfolio, Q&A
    Gayle DeBord and Frank Renshaw, Co-chairs
  • Review of the 2nd Decade of the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA),  Q&A
    Thais Morata, NIOSH Manufacturing Program Coordinator
  • Third Decade of NORA
    Emily Novicki, NORA Coordinator
  • Using principles of burden, need and impact for planning research activities, Q&A
    Thais Morata and NIOSH cross-sector representatives

February 3, 2017               8:30 -11:30 am

  • Perspectives for 3rd Decade of NORA  – Coordination of dissemination and outreach efforts towards implementation of evidence-based interventions
    Breakout group discussion
  • Discussion of next steps and wrap up

November 28, 2017         1:30-2:30 pm ET (virtual meeting)

  • Completion of the research agenda following the input received through public comments
  • Interest in joining or leading one (or more) of the 3 workgroups
    • Group A: Objectives 1 and 2
    • Group B: Objectives 3 and 4
    • Group C: Objectives 5 and 6
  • Identifying 1 or 2 key topics for concerted action of the whole council
  • Planning of the face-to-face Council meeting in Cincinnati in early 2018
  • General updates and open mic
Page last reviewed: March 28, 2018