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NIOSH releases final research agenda for manufacturing

Agenda identifies most urgent occupational risk factors

Posted February 1, 2018

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) says the final National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) for Manufacturing is now available. The Agenda is intended to identify the most urgent occupational risk factors and actions needed to prevent avoidable adverse health outcomes among workers. Broader than any one agency or organization, the Agenda allows stakeholders to describe the most relevant issues, research gaps, and safety and health needs for the Manufacturing sector.

After reviewing comments on the draft version of the Agenda, the NORA Manufacturing Sector Council agreed on the following objectives:

  • Reduce the burden of acute and chronic occupational illnesses, injuries, and fatalities in manufacturing by: enhancing knowledge of occupational safety and health hazards and their effects; and developing effective interventions to reduce exposure to known occupational safety and health hazards.
    • Improve workplace safety to reduce traumatic injuries and fatalities in the manufacturing sector.
    • Contribute to the reduction of chronic diseases such as respiratory diseases, occupational cancer, cardiovascular disease, neurologic diseases, and adverse reproductive outcomes.
    • Contribute to the reduction of occupational musculoskeletal disorders in manufacturing.
    • Contribute to the reduction of occupational hearing loss in manufacturing.
  • Improve surveillance of work-related hazards, exposures, and illnesses in the manufacturing industry.
  • Examine emerging risks from new technologies and explore ways in which new technologies can advance occupational safety and health in manufacturing.
  • Improve occupational safety and health for workers in non-traditional employment arrangements.
  • Advance capacity-building and educational efforts in manufacturing.
  • Develop mechanisms for effective translation of research into practice in the manufacturing sector.

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