Public Safety Sector Council

The NORA Public Safety Sector Council brings together individuals and organizations to share information, form partnerships, and promote adoption and dissemination of solutions that work. At the start of the second decade of NORA in 2006, Public Safety was a sub-sector of Services, but formed a separate council to focus on the health and safety needs of public safety workers in 2009.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 Co-Chair or NORA Coordinator with any questions, comments, or to volunteer.

Meetings and News

In Case You Missed It: NORA Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances Webinar Recording Available
The recording from the Public Safety Sector Council webinar titled “State of Research and Practice for Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)” is now available. It features presentations from a diverse group of researchers, collaborators, and partners around PFAS in the public safety sector.

Sector Description

The Public Safety sector includes over 2.86 million employees in 2015, organized into five sub-sectors: fire service, wildland fire fighting, law enforcement, emergency medical services and corrections. These occupations fall under four specific NAICS codes and are among some of the most dangerous. On a daily basis, these workers respond to emergencies occur that threaten people’s life, well-being, property, peace, and security, and may be putting their health, safety, and even lives on the line. Public safety workers are exposed to a variety of risks and stressors, and sometimes experience serious injuries from motor vehicle incidents, workplace violence, and musculoskeletal injuries.

Information is available about the NIOSH Public Safety Program, which facilitates the work of the Council.

Page last reviewed: May 23, 2022