Musculoskeletal Health Council

The draft National Occupational Research Agenda for Musculoskeletal Health is open for public comment until May 21, 2018. To provide input and help set the agenda for worker musculoskeletal health, go to www.regulations.govExternal, and enter CDC-2018-0025  in the search field and click “Search”.

Meetings and News

The NORA Musculoskeletal Health Council is currently reviewing public comments on the draft National Occupational Research Agenda for Musculoskeletal Health and making revisions. The final version will be published later in 2018.

Cross-Sector Description

The NORA Musculoskeletal Health Cross-Sector focuses on preventing musculoskeletal disorders, which are soft-tissue injuries caused by sudden or sustained exposure to repetitive motion, force, vibration, or awkward positions. Musculoskeletal disorders are ubiquitous in all industries. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, these workplace injuries comprise over 1/3 of all lost-time workplace injuries in 2015. Occupations with particularly high rates of musculoskeletal injuries include laborers and freight, stock and material movers; nursing assistants and registered nurses; truck and delivery service drivers; and maintenance and repair workers.

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

Page last reviewed: August 2, 2017