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NIOSH Work Group: Human Performance

Laboratory Excellence – FY12

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  • To conduct an assessment of NIOSH / NPPTL physiology research laboratory practices and procedures.
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Applicable Standards

  • None

Key Partners

  • None



Table of Tasks Timeline and Status

Project Scope

  • In 2010, 4 of the 10 protocols deemed by the HSRB to be “greater than minimal risk” were from NPPTL
  • In October 2010, NIOSH/OD requested information from NPPTL regarding typical subject safety practices on human physiology studies
  • WG team was formed
  • No recognized standard for assessment of physiology research laboratories
  • Benchmark existing practices for human subject studies against peer organizations doing similar work involving life-safety equipment such as PPE


  • None


  • Benchmark survey and gaps report (completed Dec 2011)


  • Improve safety practices at NPPTL
  • Better recognition of industry standards by NIOSH HSRB
Page last updated: April 17, 2012
Page last reviewed: April 17, 2012
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
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