Long before the Straus-Kahn publicity, hotel workers have been suffering from work related accidents and injuries leading to workers compensation benefits. The US Centers for Disease Control and The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health have published a brochure and announced a new partnership program to promote innovative research and improve workplace practices.
The National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) is a partnership program to promote innovative research and improve workplace practices. Unveiled in 1996, NORA is a framework for guiding occupational safety and health research and interventions throughout the nation. NORA stakeholders collaborate to identify critical workplace issues in industry sectors. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) convened a number of these partners to develop the National Services Agenda, which includes safety and health goals for the Accommodations Industry. Groups such as unions, worker organizations, government agencies, and hotel/motel associations can build partnerships to implement these goals and help ensure that hotels are safe for all employees.