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Specific Occupations and Hazards

NIOSH Guidance

  niosh logo NIOSH makes recommendations for preventing work-related injury and illness.

Hazards & Exposures
More than 25 links to web pages about specific workplace hazards and exposures

Diseases & Injuries
More than 30 links to web pages about occupational diseases and injuries

More than 50 links to web pages containing safety and health information for industrial chemicals

Safety & Prevention
Contains links to 40 web pages containing information on a wide range of workplace safety and prevention topics

Industries & Occupations
More than 30 links to web pages containing information about specific industries, jobs, populations, and environments

Emergency Preparedness & Response
Links to 17 web pages containing information on topics related to emergency preparedness and response

Fast Facts

Self-employed workers were 2.7 times as likely to die from work-related injuries as wage and salary earners between 1995 and 2001. This may be because the self-employed are over-represented in dangerous industries such as agriculture and construction.

Source: Pegula SM. Occupational Fatalities: Self-employed Workers and Wage and Salary Workers. Monthly Labor Review 2004: 30-40.


Construction Sites

AGC Safety and Health Services   blueprints in a framed building
Includes safety and health training courses for the construction industry (offered live and online), instruction, and trainings. Also, the website lists links to over 100 safety products designed to improve safety on construction job sites.

Provided by the Association of General Contractors' Safety and Health Services Department/


Construction Solutions   workers looking at a building plan
A free database of strategies for reducing or eliminating various hazards associated with specific construction work activities including:

  • Carpentry
  • Drywall, glass, and floor coverings
  • Electrical
  • Excavation and demolition
  • Heavy equipment
  • Masonry
  • Paints and coatings
  • Pipes and vessels
  • Residential Construction
  • Roofing
  • Sheet metal and HVAC
  • Structural steel