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.

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Science Seminar Series

Upcoming: Spotlight on Exposure Assessment
Join us for this free webinar on September 8, 2- 3:30 pm ET. Throughout NIOSH’s 50-year history, exposure assessment has been at the core of NIOSH’s mission and work. This special session covers some iconic NIOSH exposure assessment efforts including the National Occupational Exposure Survey, the foundation of exposure monitoring methods in the NIOSH Manual of Analytical Methods, the evolution of NIOSH exposure assessment efforts to enhance epidemiologic risk assessment and the advancement of statistical methods and modeling. Click here to register.external icon

Upcoming: Behind the Science: Spotlight on NIOSH Field and Laboratory Research
Register now to attend a webinar highlighting three scientific research activities from field and laboratory researchers, on September 21, at 2pm ET. Topics include the 30-year NIOSH involvement in mining-induced seismicity research; highlights from NIOSH research to identify a workplace hazard from inhaled butter flavoring vapors; and the research to practice story of the NIOSH respirator research to advance technology, ensuring first responders are equipped with appropriate chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) protective respirators. Click here to registerexternal icon.

In Case You Missed It: Recording Available for NIOSH 50th Anniversary Webinar
The recordingexternal iconexternal icon from the presentation “Looking Back: The Important Role of Science in Fulfilling the Occupational Safety and Health Act” Is now available. The webinar featured current and past NIOSH leaders discussing key scientific accomplishments during their tenure for the NIOSH 50th anniversary. This event occurred on May 11 as a part of the NIOSH 50th Anniversary Science Webinar Series, which will continue through the end of the year and include a variety of presentations from current and former NIOSH staff and partners. See the NIOSH 50th Anniversary webpage for a list of other NIOSH 50th activities.

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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.

Oregon Healthy Workforce Center Features Dr. Howard in Podcast Recognizing the NIOSH 50th
For the NIOSH 50th anniversary, the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center recently released a podcastexternal icon, featuring our very own NIOSH Director, Dr. John Howard, reflecting back on the history of the institute and its important work and accomplishments. This podcast is a part of the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center’s (OHWC) What’s Work Got To Do With It?external icon podcast series, which is geared toward highlighting the ways in which work can affect our overall safety, health and well-being. The Oregon Healthy Workforce Center is one six NIOSH-funded Centers of Excellence for Total Worker Health®.

National Toxicology Program Honors NIOSH 50th Anniversary
The National Toxicology Program (NTP) recently highlighted its common goals and collaborative research with NIOSH in recognition of the institute’s 50thanniversary via a recent articleexternal icon in the Environmental Factor. Read more about NTP’s accomplishments and partnership with NIOSH in this newsletter published by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. A recent NIOSH Science Blog and the American Industrial Hygiene Association’s The Synergist newswireexternal icon also featured this collaboration.

University of Iowa Recognizes 20-Plus Year Collaboration With NIOSH
NIOSH currently funds three centers at the University of Iowa – the Heartland Center for Occupational Health and Safety (Education and Research Center), the Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health (Center for Agricultural Safety and Health) and the Healthier Workforce Center of the Midwest (Center of Excellence for Total Worker Health®). In honor of the NIOSH 50th anniversary, the university recently posted an articleexternal icon, highlighting its decades-long partnership with the institute and the research and education these centers provide to protect worker health and safety.

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 view more on the Millersville University website.external icon

Texas ERC and AG Center Recognize NIOSH 50th During Inaugural Research Symposium
Check out this video, featuring the 1st Annual Southwest Centers Occupational Health Research Symposium held in June 2021, recognizing the NIOSH 50th. This event featured pilot feasibility research studies from the Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Healthexternal icon (SWCOEH) and the Southwest Center for Agricultural Health, Injury Prevention and Educationexternal icon (SW Ag Center). SWCOEH is a NIOSH supported Education and Research Center (ERC) at the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Public Health, and the SW Ag Center at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler is one of 11 NIOSH-funded Centers for Agricultural Safety and Health (Ag Centers).

Southwest Ag Center Recognizes 25-Year Partnership With NIOSH
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Southwest Center for Agricultural Health, Injury Prevention and Education (SW Ag Center) -one of 11 NIOSH-funded Centers for Agricultural Safety and Health (Ag Centers). The SW Ag Center, located at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, is recognizing this milestone and its long-standing partnership with NIOSH. The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler highlighted the center’s successes as a NIOSH grantee in its magazine, The Shieldexternal icon. The center also recognized the NIOSH 50th in its SWAGbitesexternal icon newsletter and featured a timeline of its NIOSH-funded research over the past 25 years.

Texas Public Health Association Recognizes NIOSH’s Partnership with University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler
In celebration of the NIOSH 50th anniversary, the Texas Public Health Association highlighted the institute’s collaboration with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler in its recent newsletterexternal icon (see page 8). Through the NIOSH Training Project Grant (TPG), the university’s Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences Department has trained many occupational medicine physicians for more than a decade.
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler also recently created a videoexternal icon, highlighting the NIOSH 50th and its various accomplishments achieved through its partnerships with NIOSH including the TPG and the Southwest Center for Agricultural Health, Injury Prevention and Education (SW Ag Center).

NIOSH’s 50th Anniversary and Our Impact Through Partnership
Check out this blogexternal icon from the Center for Health, Work & Environment at the Colorado School of Public Health, which recognizes its various accomplishments in occupational safety and health and worker well-being through its NIOSH-funded Education and Research Center and Center of Excellence for Total Worker Health®. This blog was created in recognition of the NIOSH 50th anniversary.

Success of a Long-Term Partnership Focused on Workplace Violence
The University of Iowa Injury Prevention Research Center is highlighting its collaboration with NIOSH over the past few decades through a one-pagerpdf iconexternal icon on the achievements of this partnership in workplace violence. Through varied NIOSH grants, the center has been able to address this issue, which is the third leading cause of U.S. on-the-job deaths.

Reflecting Back: The Partnership between Oregon State University and NIOSH Western States Division
For the NIOSH 50th anniversary, Oregon State University captured its collaboration with the NIOSH Western States Division through a timelineexternal icon on its website. This university’s partnership with NIOSH, which is focused on commercial fishing, has been ongoing for nearly a decade.

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