National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Published: | Updated: April 18, 2018

Definition - What does National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) mean?

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is the U.S. federal agency responsible for collecting, analyzing and interpreting information, conducting scientific research for the prevention of work related injury and illness, and converting this knowledge into products and services.

Safeopedia explains National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

NIOSH leads the United States and the world in preventing work-related illness, injury, disability, and death. The NIOSH mission is to generate new knowledge regarding occupational health and safety, and subsequently to transfer that knowledge into practice for the benefit of workers. In an effort to achieve this mission, NIOSH conducts scientific research, develops guidance and firm recommendations, disseminates information and responds to requests for workplace health hazard assessments.

The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 created NIOSH, and it is a part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) under the Department of Health and Human Services. Federal Mine Safety and Health Amendments Act of 1977 also delegated additional authority to NIOSH for coal mine health research. NIOSH headquarters are situated in Washington, D.C., and Atlanta. It has a large numbers of scientists from the fields of epidemiology, medicine, industrial hygiene, safety, psychology, engineering, chemistry, statistics, economics and administration.

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