Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2013-140, 2013 Apr; :1-2
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is the U.S. federal agency that conducts research and makes recommendations to prevent worker injury and illness. NIOSH research is key to national efforts for preventing worker injuries, illnesses, and deaths and provides practical solutions to identified problems. The Institute's work in this area protects the safety and health of the nation's 153 million workers and provides the only dedicated federal investment for research needed to prevent worker injuries and illnesses that cost the United States $250 billion annually. These safety and health risks take huge tolls on workers, their families, businesses, communities, and the nation's economy; NIOSH works to promote a healthy, safe and capable workforce that can rise to the challenges of the 21 Century. NIOSH Mission: NIOSH produces new scientific knowledge and provides practical solutions vital to reducing risks of injury and death in traditional industries, such as agriculture, construction, and mining. Of equal importance, NIOSH supports research to predict, prevent, and address emerging problems that arise from dramatic changes in the 21 Century workplace and workforce. NIOSH partners with diverse stakeholders to study how worker injuries, illnesses, and deaths occur. NIOSH scientists design, conduct, and support targeted research, both inside and outside the institute, and support the training of occupational health and safety professionals to build capacity and meet increasing needs for a new generation of skilled practitioners. NIOSH and its partners support U.S. economic strength and growth by moving research into practice through concrete and practical solutions, recommendations, and interventions for the building of a healthy, safe and capable workforce. NIOSH Origins: The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 established NIOSH. NIOSH partners with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA is part of the U.S. Department of Labor, and it develops and enforces workplace safety and health regulations. 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 of helping to assure "every man and woman in the National safe and healthful working conditions and to preserve our human resources;" NIOSH has more than 1,200 employees from a diverse set of fields including epidemiology, medicine, nursing, industrial hygiene, safety, psychology, chemistry, statistics, economics, and many branches of engineering. NIOSH Research Through the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA), a public-private partnership, now in its second decade, NIOSH works closely with diverse partners to identify the most critical issues in workplace safety and health. NIOSH and its partners then stimulate and conduct innovative research that addresses needs in a wide range of industries central to our society and economy: Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing; Construction; Healthcare and Social Assistance; Manufacturing; Mining; Oil and Gas Extraction; Public Safety; Services; Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities; and, Wholesale and Retail Trade.