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NIOSH Regulations

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is responsible for conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related injury and illness. Although NIOSH is generally characterized as a non-regulatory agency, guidance and recommendations issued by NIOSH are often used by other agencies responsible for developing and enforcing workplace safety and health regulations.

NIOSH is also directly responsible for several regulations. These regulations mostly outline procedures and requirements for specific health and safety related matters involving a particular industry or set forth rules for NIOSH to follow in administering programs assigned to the Institute. The regulations include rules regarding the following:

  1. The Coal Workers Health Surveillance Program which describes x-ray screening of underground coal miners, autopsies, and operation of the B-reader program for classifying pneumoconiosis;
  2. NIOSH grants and educational training programs;
  3. Implementation of HHS responsibilities under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness and Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA);
  4. Approval of respiratory protective equipment;
  5. Conducting investigations at places of employment for the Health Hazard Evaluation (HHE) program and for occupational safety and health research; and
  6. Implementation of the World Trade Center Health Program.

The NIOSH regulations are found in the following parts of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and are linked below.

Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)

Regulation No.Title
  42 C.F.R. pt. 37  Specifications for Medical Examinations of Underground Coal Miners
  42 C.F.R. pt. 80  Administrative Functions, Practices, and Procedures
  42 C.F.R. pt. 81  Guidelines for Determining Probability of Causation Under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000
  42 C.F.R. pt. 82  Methods for Conducting Dose Reconstruction Under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000
  42 C.F.R. pt. 83  Procedures for Designating Classes of Employees as Members of the Special Exposure Cohort Under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000
  42 C.F.R. pt. 84  Approval of Respiratory Protective Devices
  42 C.F.R. pt. 85a  Occupational Safety and Health Investigations of Places of Employment
  42 C.F.R. pt. 85  Requests for Health Hazard Evaluations
  42 C.F.R. pt. 86  Grants for Education Programs in Occupational Safety and Health
  42 C.F.R. pt. 87  National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Research and Demonstration Grants
  42 C.F.R. pt. 88  World Trade Center Health Program
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