Workers are injured or killed every day as a result of preventable workplace accidents or exposures. NIOSH research works to improve workplace safety and health through safe practices, policies, and procedures.
Making a Difference Through Research
NIOSH research is driven by the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA). Priorities for this research agenda are influenced by:
- The number of workers at risk for a particular injury or illness
- The seriousness of a hazard or problem
- The chance that new data or approaches can make a difference
NORA research goals are organized into 10 programs representing different industry sectors. The NIOSH Research Program Portfolio supports many of these goals as well as other cross-sector goals set by NIOSH. In addition to conducting research, NIOSH offers grant funding to advance research beyond the Institute’s current staff.
To ensure sound science, many NIOSH research programs undergo periodic review by the National Academies. These reviews assess program impact and relevance, and identify emerging issues.
Making a Difference Through Practice
Research alone is not enough to change workplace practices. The Research to Practice (r2p) program takes research knowledge and works to put it to use by promoting engineering controls, new technologies, and communication products.
NIOSH Program Portfolio
Worker Services & Support
- Health Hazard Evaluations (HHE)
- World Trade Center Health Program
- Fatality InvestigationsFatality Assessment and Control Evaluation Program (FACE)
- Firefighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program
- Global Collaborations
- Respirators and Protective ClothingNational Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL)
- Radiation Dose Reconstruction Division of Compensation Analysis and Support (DCAS)
- Total Worker Health®
- Safe • Skilled • Ready Workforce Initiative
NIOSH Training and Workforce Development
NIOSH conducts research to find ways to reduce workplace injuries and illnesses through training. NIOSH also supports long and short term training programs.
Program Performance One-Pagers (PPOPs)
PPOPs describe the relevance and impact of NIOSH programs in a short and easy to understand format. Each document describes a program's priorities, major activities, accomplishments, and future plans.
- Page last reviewed: December 18, 2012
- Page last updated: June 15, 2016
- Content source:
- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division