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For Immediate Release: Tuesday, October 15, 2002

Maine Occupational Research Agenda Receives State and Federal Recognition

The Maine Occupational Research Agenda (MORA), an innovative partnership of government and non-governmental agencies, recently received recognition from both Maine State Government and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) for innovative work in improving workplace safety and health.

NIOSH awarded a $24,110 grant to support the MORA Conference, May 21 and 22, 2003. The two-day conference "Using Research to Improve Safety and Health" will bring together researchers, educators, medical professionals, employers, labor representatives, academicians and occupational safety and health, environmental and public health professionals to focus on research in the prevention and control of occupational injury and illness. Presentations will reflect a broad spectrum of academic and workplace-based research.

Maine State Government awarded the MORA steering committee the Department of Labor Teamwork Award for "developing statewide safety and health priorities and taking steps to ensure these priorities receive top attention by employers, workers and educational institutions."

Modeled on the NIOSH National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA), MORA provides a framework to guide occupational safety and health research in Maine. The framework will help channel limited resources where they will yield the greatest benefits in terms of reducing workplace injuries and illnesses. Maine is one of only three states to have a statewide occupational research agenda.

The MORA steering committee is comprised of representatives from government, private industry, insurance, medical professions, labor unions and occupational, environmental and public health professions. This collaboration of the larger occupational safety and health community provides MORA with a broad perspective that strengthens the decision-making process.

For more information on MORA, go to www.state.me.us/labor/bls/MORA.htm or contact Kim Lim at 207-624-6443 (email Kim.C.Lim@state.me.us).