Emerging Issues

NEC research activities are fundamentally focused on long-term strategies to develop and test solutions for primary causes of injury, death and health disorders in agriculture, forestry and fishing industries. However, despite the need for long-term, sustainable prevention strategies, sudden changes in technology, demographics, regional economies and weather or climate can severely impact the health and safety of AFF workers. Given the need for a rapid response to extreme occupational health and safety crises, the NEC will be working with Center advisory groups, state departments of health and industry stakeholders to establish an NEC early occupational safety and health warning system. As emerging issues are identified, issues will be categorized and prioritized using the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Classification system. Every year, those emerging issues that are identified as a 'High Need/High Feasibility' concern will be selected and rapid-response solutions will be developed and implemented.