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Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)

Last updated: March 21, 2019

What Does Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) Mean?

In the USA, the National Institute of Occupational safety and health (NIOSH) is the primary government agency that researches the causes of occupational injuries and illnesses. Based on their findings, recommendations are made to reduce the incidence of work-related accidents and diseases. NIOSH is a part of the Centre for Disease Control (CDC).

Safeopedia Explains Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)

NIOSH conducts health hazard evaluations covering biological, chemical, particulate and radiation hazards as well as physical workplace hazards related to heat, noise, stress and ergonomics. Health Hazard Evaluation reports (HHE reports) are prepared based on the evaluations and are presented to employers and employee representatives. A HHE report will identify hazards and make practical recommendations to minimize occupational risks. HHE evaluations and reports may be requested by an employer or by employees. This service is performed free of charge. Completed HHE reports are posted online and can be used as an information resource for workplace safety personnel.


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