Respiratory Health Cross-Sector Council

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

The NORA Respiratory Health Council is currently reviewing public comments on the draft National Occupational Research Agenda for Respiratory Health and making revisions.

On Tuesday, July 24, 2018 three NORA Councils held a joint meeting: Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities (TWU); Cancer, Reproductive, Cardiovascular and other Chronic Disease Prevention (CRC); and, Respiratory Health (RH). Highlights of the meeting were presentations about the potential to use medical claims data to advance the health of workers and discussions about the importance of engaging with companies and other stakeholders.

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