NIOSH 50th Anniversary

2021 marks the 50th anniversary of NIOSH. Created by the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act of 1970, NIOSH was established as a separate and independent research program to create objective scientific research findings in the field of occupational safety and health.

NIOSH will be recognizing this important milestone through various channels throughout the year and posting links to them below.

Please bookmark this page or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay up to date on NIOSH 50th activities.

NIOSH Science Seminar

Join us on May 11, 2:00 pm -3:30 pm (EDT) for the presentation “Looking Back: The Important Role of Science in Fulfilling the Occupational Safety and Health Act.” This webinar will feature current and past NIOSH leaders discussing key scientific accomplishments during their tenure. You must register in advanceexternal icon for this Zoom webinar.


From the Director’s Desk: NIOSH Looks at 50

Research Rounds: For the NIOSH 50th Anniversary, please enjoy this limited time series, “NIOSH Then” where we look back at research efforts inside and outside of NIOSH from the past 50 years.

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Partners and the NIOSH 50th

As part of the 50th anniversary, NIOSH welcomes current and past partners to highlight successes and accomplishments, resulting from collaborations with our institute. Check out the information below from some of our partners who are recognizing this milestone and showcasing their NIOSH partnerships. Please contact Donjanea Williams (, if you would like to join NIOSH in recognizing five decades of improving the occupational safety and health of workers and transferring new knowledge into practice.

The Occupational Safety & Environmental Health Program Marks 40 Years at Millersville University
Millersville University held an online event April 28 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of its Occupational Safety & Environmental Health Program—a program that is 1 of the 28 recipients of the NIOSH-funded Training Project Grant. The day-long program, which was recorded, featured presentations by leading safety professionals, as well as panel discussions, breakout sessions, tours, and interactions with current students. The program also recognized its partnership with NIOSH during this milestone event. You can read information about it on the Millersville University websiteexternal icon.

Afternoon of Science – NIOSH 50th Anniversary Celebration
West Virginia University’s Office of Research and Graduate Education is hosting the “Afternoon of Science – NIOSH 50th Anniversary Celebration”. This event will celebrate the NIOSH 50th anniversary and showcase the university’s accomplishments through its various partnerships with NIOSH through grants and other collaborations. The online event happens May 5, 2021, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (EDT). For more information visit, icon.

Other Materials

NIOSH Update: NIOSH Celebrates 50 Years

2021 NIOSH Bibliography
Each year the NIOSH Bibliography highlights the institute’s accomplishments of the prior year. The 2021 edition however, also celebrates NIOSH’s progress over the first 50 years, from its publication of the NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards and evaluations of firefighter and other worker deaths to its administration of the World Trade Center Health Program and support of responder and workforce safety in crises such as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Ebola outbreak, and COVID-19 pandemic.

Related Wikipedia Articles
As part of the 50th anniversary, NIOSH is creating Wikipedia articles on PHS and NIOSH history topics.

Page last reviewed: February 16, 2021