Ongoing Research

Chemical hazards are encountered in many workplaces.  Fundamental to its mission, NIOSH research on chemical hazards improves worker safety and health and empowers employers and workers to create safe and healthy workplaces through control of hazardous exposures. This research takes many forms, such as engineering controls, developing analytical methods to measure chemical concentrations, evaluating the effectiveness of respirators, and countless others.  Leading these efforts are the several divisions and programs, listed below, each involved in research assessing workplace chemical hazards and finding solutions to reducing the associated risk to workers.

  • Division of Compensation Analysis and Support (DCAS)
  • Division of Safety Research (DSR)
  • Division of Field Studies and Engineering (DFSE)
  • Division of Science Integration (DSI)
  • Health Effects Laboratory Division (HELD)
  • National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL)
  • Pittsburgh Mining Research Division (PMRD)
  • Spokane Mining Research Division (SMRD)
  • Respiratory Health Division (RHD)
  • Western States Division (WSD)
  • World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP)

An overview of some of the ongoing NIOSH research projects is available on our Research Programs page.

Page last reviewed: February 6, 2017