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Notable Milestones in NIOSH History


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The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is the federal agency responsible for conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related injury and illness.


  • 2009 – Present: John Howard, M.D.
  • 2002 – 2008: John Howard, M.D.
  • 1994 – 2000: Linda Rosenstock, M.D.
  • 1981 – 1993: J. Donald Millar, M.D.
  • 1978 – 1981: Anthony Robbins, M.D.
  • 1975 – 1978: John Finklea, M.D.
  • 1971 – 1975: Marcus Key, M.D.
  • 2001

    • NIOSH provides technical assistance for responder safety and health in the World Trade Center rescue and recovery
    • NIOSH en Espanol Web site launched
  • 2003

    NIOSH eNews debuts

  • 2004

    Research to Practice (r2p) Initiative established

  • 2005

    NIOSH provides technical and humanitarian assistance after Hurricane Katrina

  • 2006

    • Second Decade of NORA begins
    • NIOSH partnered with SKC Inc., to commercialize two low-cost, NIOSH-designed field methods to help first responders, public health officials, and remediation workers quickly detect the presence of methamphetamine on various environmental surfaces
  • 2007

  • 2009

    NIOSH publishes a literature review and critical analysis of Qualitative Risk Characterization and Management of Occupational Hazards: Control Banding (CB)

  • 2010

    NIOSH provides technical assistance for responder safety and health in the Deepwater Horizon containment and cleanup