Mining Program Strategic Plan, 2019-2023 - Introduction
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is an institute within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) under the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and is responsible for conducting research, providing new scientific knowledge, making recommendations, and delivering practical solutions to prevent worker injury and illness. The NIOSH Mining Program provides health and safety research and science-based interventions for the mining workforce. The mining program is under the direction of the Office of Mine Safety and Health Research (OMSHR) and includes both the Spokane Mining Research Division (SMRD) in Spokane, Washington, and the Pittsburgh Mining Research Division (PMRD) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The NIOSH Mining Program conducts research to eliminate occupational diseases, injuries, and fatalities from the mining workplace. Our goal is to ensure that our research portfolio responds to the greatest needs of our stakeholders, that our work is of the highest quality, and that our limited resources will have the greatest impact. We provide solutions for miners working in the five major mining subsectors: metals, industrial minerals, crushed stone, coal, and sand and gravel. Our work extends to surface and underground operations, along with associated plants, mills, shops, and offices.