CDC-NIOSH'S Office of Mine Safety and Health Research (OMSHR) is the premier mining health and safety research establishment in the country. Its mission is to protect mine workers from injury and illness through research and prevention. Its two main divisions, the Division of Mining Research Operations and the Division of Mining Science and Technology, comprise seven branches covering ground control; human factors; electrical and mechanical systems safety; hearing loss prevention; dust, ventilation and toxic substances; fire and explosion prevention; and health communications, surveillance and research support.
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