Safer, Healthier Workers
To develop new knowledge in the field of occupational safety and health and to transfer that knowledge into practice.
Relevance—NIOSH programs are responsive to the occupational safety and health problems that burden today’s and tomorrow’s workers.
Quality—NIOSH utilizes only the best science, the highest level of data quality, and the most transparent and independent peer review.
Partnership—NIOSH accomplishes our mission in partnership with industry, workers, governments, academe, and scientific and professional communities, both nationally and internationally.
Transparency—NIOSH openly shares information about our work processes and our customers can obtain all NIOSH products and services through traditional, electronic and mobile sources.
Impact—NIOSH programs are results-oriented and are evaluated by how well they solve the occupational safety and health problems found in today’s workplaces and the workplaces of tomorrow.
Diversity—NIOSH employees and contractors reflect the full spectrum of diversity found in the American workforce and our research and interventions reflect the diversity of solutions needed for the American workplace.
NIOSH has a strategic plan with seven strategic goals that best represent the health and safety issues facing the U.S. workforce:
- Reduce occupational cancer, cardiovascular disease, adverse reproductive outcomes, and other chronic diseases.
- Reduce occupational hearing loss.
- Reduce occupational immune, infectious, and dermal disease.
- Reduce occupational musculoskeletal disorders.
- Reduce occupational respiratory disease.
- Improve workplace safety to reduce traumatic injuries.
- Promote safe and healthy work design and well-being.
These seven strategic goals are supported by intermediate and activity goals that guide occupational health and safety research priorities and service work. These goals address a broad range of occupational health and safety hazards, affecting an ever-changing workforce. Longer hours, compressed workweeks, an aging workforce, reduced job security, and part-time and temporary work have also changed the workforce.
The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 established NIOSH as a research agency focused on the study of worker safety and health, and empowering employers and workers to create safe and healthy workplaces. NIOSH is part of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It has the mandate to assure “every man and woman in the Nation safe and healthful working conditions and to preserve our human resources.” NIOSH has more than 1,300 employees from a diverse set of fields including epidemiology, medicine, nursing, industrial hygiene, safety, psychology, chemistry, statistics, economics, and many branches of engineering.
To view a list of NIOSH programs and learn more about them, go to NIOSH Programs. Also view Program Performance One-Pagers (PPOPs), short documents that describe the relevance and impact of NIOSH programs.
- Division of Compensation Analysis and Support (DCAS)
- Division of Field Studies and Engineering (DFSE)
- Division of Science Integration (DSI)
- Division of Safety Research (DSR)
- Health Effects Laboratory Division (HELD)
- National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL)
- Respiratory Health Division (RHD)
- Western States Division (WSD)
- World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program