Our mission is to eliminate mining fatalities, injuries, and illnesses through research and prevention. We are a program of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), which is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Our Research Facilities
Researchers conduct the majority of the work in the mining research program at two sites located near Pittsburgh, PA, and Spokane, WA. In addition to shops for working with electronics, chemistry and instrumentation, these sites house many truly unique facilities and laboratories for addressing mining safety and health problems.
Our Research Partners
We collaborate with many national and international partners, including mining companies, industry associations, enforcement agencies, labor unions, equipment manufacturers, suppliers, and academic institutions. NIOSH is part of the Global Mining Research Alliance which partners with mining research organizations in Canada, South Africa, and Australia. This alliance brings complementary capabilities together and allows partners to better leverage their resources in finding the solutions to mining health and safety problems.
To complement our intramural research program, we sponsor research and training through extramural programs. The creativity and special resources available in the extramural community make these programs an important component in achieving a national goal to have safe jobs and healthy workers.
The Mining program funds specific research initiatives from time to time and announces them on the funding opportunities page.
Information about NIOSH career opportunities may be found through the following links:
- Current Employment Opportunities at NIOSH's Mining program
- Current Employment Opportunities at NIOSH
We have a long and rich history of advancing mine worker safety and health. Our program began in 1910 when Congress created the U.S. Bureau of Mines. The Federal Mine Safety and Health Acts of 1969 and 1977 charged the Bureau of Mines with conducting mine safety and health research. Both NIOSH and the Bureau of Mines have contributed significant safety improvements to the mining industry. Since 1910, fatalities decreased from more than 3,000 per year to 26 occupational fatalities in 2015 occurring at a rate of 9.8 per 100,000 full-time equivalent employees. Yet, the risk of being killed in mining is still nearly 3 times greater than the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Private Industry fatal injury rate of 3.6.
Detailed history of the NIOSH Mining Program.
- Coal Mine Explosion Prevention Accomplishments
- A Compendium of NIOSH Mining Research 2000
- A Compendium of NIOSH Mining Research 2001
- A Compendium of NIOSH Mining Research 2002
- Mining Publications
- OMSHR Activities at MINExpo 2012
- OMSHR at the 2013 SME Annual Meeting
- OMSHR Welcomes a New Director to its Spokane Mining Research Division
- OMSHR's New Website
- Page last reviewed: 3/21/2017
- Page last updated: 3/21/2017
- Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Mining Program