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Feb. 13, 2006

NOTE TO EDITORS: John Howard, M.D., director of NIOSH, will be available to meet with reporters Feb. 17 from 8:15 to 8:45 a.m. in room 2117 of the Medical Education and Research Facility (MERF), 375 Newton Road.

NIOSH Seeks Public Input On Workplace Safety, Health Issues Feb.17

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is seeking public input on occupational safety and health issues at a town hall meeting Friday, Feb. 17. Comments gathered at this meeting will help NIOSH shape its National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) for the next decade. John Howard, M.D., director of NIOSH, will attend this meeting.

The meeting will be held in Iowa City from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in room 2117 of the Medical Education and Research Facility (MERF), located at 375 Newton Rd. Participants may attend all or part of the meeting in person or via remote computer access. There is no cost to participate. Public parking is available in the Newton Road Ramp.

NIOSH asks that all participants register for the meeting online at www.cdc.gov/niosh/nora/townhall/default.html.

The meeting is open to all workers, professional societies, organized labor, employers, researchers, health professionals, government officials and elected officials. Broad participation is desired. Stakeholders will be invited to speak for three to five minutes on important occupational safety and health issues affecting their geographic region, industry, workplace or area of expertise. Participants wishing to speak are encouraged to register early.

Information about participating via remote computer access is available at www.public-health.uiowa.edu/gpcah/conference.html.

More information on the town hall meetings, as well as directions on how to submit comments by online form, e-mail or letter, is available at www.cdc.gov/niosh/nora/townhall/default.html. For more information on NORA, including activities and products from the first decade, and planning for the second decade, see www.cdc.gov/niosh/nora/.

This NORA town hall meeting is co-sponsored by the Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health and the Heartland Center for Occupational Health and Safety, both based in the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

NIOSH is the federal agency responsible for conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related injury and illness. NORA is the agency's national agenda for planning, stimulating and supporting scientific research that will have the greatest impact for preventing work-related injuries, illnesses and deaths. It was originally developed in 1996 in a partnership involving NIOSH and more than 500 individuals and organizations. As NORA approaches a 10-year milestone, NIOSH is hosting a series of public meetings nationwide to seek input on important research issues and agendas.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa College of Public Health Office of Communications, 4257 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

CONTACTS: Media: Debra Venzke, 319-335-9647, debra-venzke@uiowa.edu; Program: NORA town hall meetings: Fred Blosser 202-401-3749

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa College of Public Health Office of Communications, 4257 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

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