[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 30 (Tuesday, February 14, 2006)]
[Page 7778]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E6-2017]



Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health; National 
Occupational Research Agenda

    The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) 
of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announces the 
following public meeting and request for information:
    Name: Opportunity to Provide Input for the National Occupational 
Research Agenda (NORA).
    Time and Date: March 13, 2006, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. EST.
    Place: Department of Health and Human Services, Great Hall, The 
Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, 
DC 20201.
    Status: This meeting is open to the public, limited only by the 
space available.
    Background: NORA is a framework to guide occupational safety and 
health research for the nation. NORA seeks to focus research in order 
to reduce work-related injury and illness. As the program approaches a 
ten-year milestone, NIOSH is accepting input from individuals and 
organizations on important research issues and agendas. This input will 
assist in the development of the initiative's future direction, which 
will be based on eight different industry sector groups.
    The public meetings are open to everyone, including all workers, 
professional societies, organized labor, employers, researchers, health 
professionals, government officials, and elected officials. Broad 
participation is desired. All participants are requested to register 
for the free meeting at the NORA Web page or onsite the day of the 
meeting. Participants wishing to speak are encouraged to register 
    Purpose: The meeting will address priorities for research during a 
morning and an afternoon public comment period. Stakeholders will be 
invited to speak for 5 minutes on an important occupational safety and 
health issue, including those that occur in multiple sectors. 
Participants may register to speak during either the morning or the 
afternoon session, though they are encouraged to stay for both sessions 
should they choose.
    Types of occupational safety and health issues might include 
diseases, injuries, exposures, populations at risk, and needs of 
occupational safety and health systems. Falls from heights, for 
example, might be a top injury issue for the residential construction 
industry. Low back pain and related back disorders might be a top 
disease concern for the urban transit industry.
    If possible, please include as much information as might be useful 
for understanding the safety or health research priority you identify. 
Such information could include characterization of the frequency and 
severity with which the injury, illness, or hazardous exposure is 
occurring and of the factors you believe might be causing the health or 
safety issue. Input is also requested on the types of research that you 
believe might make a difference and which partners (e.g., specific 
industry associations, labor organizations, research organizations, 
governmental agencies) should be involved in informing research efforts 
and solutions.
    All presentations will be entered into the NORA Docket, which is 
maintained by NIOSH. All comments in the NORA Docket will be used to 
help shape sector-specific and related cross-sector research agendas 
for the nation. Comments may also be e-mailed to [email protected] 
or sent via postal mail to Docket NIOSH-047, Robert A. Taft 
Laboratories (C-34), 4676 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio 45226. 
More information about NORA can be found on the NORA Web page at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/nora/townhall.
    For Further Information Contact: Sid Soderholm, PhD, NORA 
Coordinator, (202) 401-0721.
    Stakeholders are also invited to submit comments electronically at 
the NORA Web page http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/nora. Comments submitted to 
the Web page by others can also be viewed there along with information 
about similar meetings that were held earlier.
    The Director, Management Analysis and Services Office, has been 
delegated the authority to sign Federal Register Notices pertaining to 
announcements of meetings and other committee management activities, 
for both CDC and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

    Dated: February 6, 2006.
Alvin Hall,
Director, Management Analysis and Services Office, Centers for Disease 
Control and Prevention.
[FR Doc. E6-2017 Filed 2-13-06; 8:45 am]