Respiratory Health Cross-Sector Council

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The NORA Respiratory Health Cross-Sector Council brings together individuals and organizations to share information, form partnerships, and promote adoption and dissemination of solutions that work. It was formed in 2016 for the third decade of NORA. 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

New Video Series: Faces of COPD

These four short videos focus on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). They include a physician explaining what the disease is and interviews with patients diagnosed with work-related COPD who discuss work exposures, their quality of life having the disease, and ways to minimize the risks of getting the disease. Check out the videos here!

Webinar Recording Now Available

The NORA Respiratory Health Cross-Sector Council co-hosted a webinar Working safely with natural and engineered stone products: Controlling worker exposure to silica dust during countertop manufacturing, finishing, and installation. View the archived recording here.

This webinar will describe the dangers of silica exposure, employer requirements to comply with OSHA’s Respirable Crystalline Silica Rule, and methods employers can use to protect workers. It is hosted by the NIOSH NORA Respiratory Health Cross-Sector Council, OSHA, the California Department of Public Health’s Occupational Health Branch, CPWR, and the Natural Stone Institute.

Cross-Sector Description

The NORA Respiratory Health Cross-Sector advances primary and secondary prevention addressing a range of hazardous exposures and their adverse respiratory health effects including lower airways diseases (e.g., asthma, chronic obstructive lung disease); upper airways diseases (e.g., rhinosinusitis); interstitial lung diseases (e.g., coal workers’ pneumoconiosis, asbestosis, silicosis); respiratory infectious diseases (e.g., tuberculosis, influenza, anthrax, emerging infectious diseases); respiratory tract and pleural malignancies (e.g., lung cancer, mesothelioma); and emerging exposures and related diseases (e.g., engineered nanomaterials, World Trade Center dust, flavoring chemicals). In addition to preventing work-related respiratory disease, seeks to improve workers’ respiratory health.

Information is available about the NIOSH Respiratory Health Program, which facilitates the work of the Council.

Page last reviewed: July 25, 2017