The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) was created in 1970 by the same act of Congress as its sister agency, OSHA. The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 created NIOSH for the purpose of conducting research and making recommendations as a basis for safety regulations in the workplace.
NIOSH research and recommendations are designed to prevent work-related illness, injury, disability, and death. The studies they conduct are for the purpose of providing insight into the causes of workplace injuries and provide the basis for their products and services, scientific information products, training videos and regulatory recommendations. The agencie’s specific responsibilities are outlined in Section 22 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970.
NIOSH is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Department of Health and Human Services. NIOSH has 1,200 scientists from the fields of epidemiology, medicine, industrial hygiene, safety, psychology, engineering, chemistry, statistics, economics and administration. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the agency has personnel and facilities in Atlanta, Anchorage, Cincinnati, Denver, Morgantown, WV, Pittsburgh and Spokane.
NIOSH conducts research in its own laboratories in addition to providing support for occupational safety and health research in academic centers across the United States.
The feeds below are the latest articles from the NIOSH Science blog. This is an excellent site for learning about the latest research and to determine the shape of regulatory affairs in the future.