nioshThe National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is seeking public comment from partners and the public to help evaluate the impact of the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA). Feedback is being accepted until closing of the federal docket on March 24, 2015.

NORA , a partnership program to identify and address the most critical issues in workplace safety and health, began in 1996 and entered its second decade in 2006 with a new sector-based structure. NIOSH is reviewing the accomplishments of NORA’s second decade and is preparing for the third decade, which will start in 2016.

Successes and challenges

As part of the second decade review, NIOSH is requesting that stakeholders—NORA partners and the general public—describe the most significant successes and challenges of their engagement with NIOSH during the second decade of NORA (2006 to present).

“The sector-based approach adopted by NORA in 2006 has fostered the creation of many exciting partnership opportunities and helped NIOSH move innovative research to practice within workplaces,” said NIOSH Director John Howard, M.D. “Feedback from our stakeholders is essential to help us understand whether or not we are making a difference in targeting research to improve the health and safety of America’s workforce.”

To comment:

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