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Final research agenda for immune, infectious, dermal disease prevention issued

Research intended to benefit employees with workplace exposures

Posted April 23, 2019

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) says the final National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) for Immune, Infectious, and Dermal Disease Prevention (IID) is now available. The Agenda is intended to identify the knowledge and actions most urgently needed to prevent immune, infectious, and dermal diseases, and to provide a vehicle for stakeholders to describe the most relevant issues, research gaps, and needs for the public safety workforce.

The following objectives were agreed upon for the IID Agenda, which was finalized after a public comment period:

  1. Investigate effects of recurring low-level occupational exposures on dermal, immune, and infectious diseases
  2. Investigate the contributions of skin exposure to the overall body burden of toxic substances
  3. Improve current skin exposure measurement methods
  4. Reduce the incidence and transmission of infectious disease in the workplace
  5. Reduce the incidence of allergic disease in the workplace
  6. Investigate autoimmune disease risk associated with occupational and environmental exposures

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