[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 215 (Tuesday, November 6, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 66619-66620]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-27172]


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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Partnerships To Advance the National Occupational Research Agenda 
(NORA)

AGENCY: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health 
(NIOSH) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

ACTION: Notice of public meeting.

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SUMMARY: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health 
(NIOSH) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 
announces the following public meeting: ``Partnerships to Advance the 
National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA)''.
    Public Meeting Time and Date: 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. EST, January 30, 
2013.
    Place: Patriots Plaza, 395 E Street SW., Conference Room 9000, 
Washington, DC 20201.
    Purpose of the Meeting: The National Occupational Research Agenda 
(NORA) has been structured to engage partners with each other and/or 
with NIOSH to advance NORA priorities. The NORA Liaison Committee 
continues to be an opportunity for representatives from organizations 
with national scope to learn about NORA progress and to suggest 
possible partnerships based on their organization's mission and 
contacts. This opportunity is now structured as a public meeting via 
the Internet to attract participation by a larger number of 
organizations and to further enhance the success of NORA. Some of the 
types of organizations of national scope that are especially encouraged 
to participate are employers, unions, trade associations, labor 
associations, professional associations, and foundations. Others are 
welcome.
    This meeting will include updates from NIOSH leadership on NORA as 
well as updates from approximately half of the NORA Sector Councils on 
their progress, priorities, and implementation plans to date, likely 
including the NORA Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; Healthcare; 
Mining; Oil and Gas Extraction; and Transportation, Warehousing and 
Utilities Sector Councils. An update will also be given on planning for 
the evaluation of the second decade of NORA. An additional NIOSH 
Program that is working on several NORA priorities may also provide an 
update. After each update, there will be time to discuss partnership 
opportunities.
    Status: The meeting is open to the public, limited only by the 
capacities of the conference call and conference room facilities. There 
is limited space available in the meeting room (capacity 34). 
Therefore, information to allow participation in the meeting through 
the Internet (to see the slides) and a teleconference call (capacity 
50) will be provided to registered participants. Participants are 
encouraged to consider attending by this method. Each participant is 
requested to register for the free meeting by sending an email to 
noracoordinator@cdc.gov containing the participant's name, organization 
name, contact telephone number on the day of the meeting, and 
preference for participation in-person or by Web meeting (requirements 
include: computer, Internet connection, and telephone, preferably with 
`mute' capability). An email confirming registration will include the 
details needed to participate in the Web meeting. Non-US citizens are 
encouraged to participate in the Web meeting. Non-US citizens who do 
not register to attend in person on or before January 7, 2013, will not 
be granted access to the meeting site and will not be able to attend 
the meeting in-person due to mandatory security clearance procedures at 
the Patriots Plaza facility.
    Background: NORA is a partnership program to stimulate innovative 
research in occupational safety and health leading to improved 
workplace practices. Unveiled in 1996, NORA has become a research 
framework for the nation. Diverse parties collaborate to identify the 
most critical issues in workplace safety and health. Partners then work 
together to develop goals and objectives for addressing those needs and 
to move the research results into practice. The NIOSH role is 
facilitator of the process. For more information about NORA, see http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/nora/about.html.
    Since 2006, NORA has been structured according to industrial 
sectors. Ten major sector groups have been defined using the North 
American Industrial Classification System (NAICS). After receiving 
public input through the Web and town hall meetings, ten NORA Sector 
Councils defined sector-specific strategic plans for conducting 
research and moving the results into widespread practice. To view the 
National Sector Agendas, see http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/nora/.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sidney C. Soderholm, Ph.D., NORA 
Coordinator, Email

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noracoordinator@cdc.gov, telephone (202) 245-0665.

    Dated: November 1, 2012.
John Howard,
Director, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
[FR Doc. 2012-27172 Filed 11-5-12; 8:45 am]
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