Workers are injured or killed every day as a result of preventable workplace accidents or exposures. NIOSH research works to improve workplace safety and health through safe practices, policies, and procedures.
Making a Difference Through Research
NIOSH research is primarily driven by the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA). Priorities for this research agenda are influenced by:
- The number of workers at risk for a particular injury or illness
- The seriousness of a hazard or problem
- The chance that new data or approaches can make a difference
The third decade of NORA (2016-2026) is organized into 10 industry sectors and seven health and safety cross-sectors.
The NIOSH Research Program Portfolio supports NORA through its 10 sector programs and seven cross-sector programs. The Portfolio also has core and specialty programs that represent core activities, mandates, special emphasis areas, and methodological approaches. NIOSH uses the Burden, Need and Impact (BNI) method to identify its research priorities. In addition to conducting research, NIOSH offers grant funding to advance research beyond the Institute’s current staff.
Making a Difference Through Practice
Research alone is not enough to change workplace practices. The Research to Practice (r2p) program takes research knowledge and works to put it to use by promoting engineering controls, new technologies, and communication products.
Core and Specialty Programs
PPOPs describe the relevance and impact of NIOSH programs in a short and easy to understand format. Each document describes a program’s priorities, major activities, accomplishments, and future plans.
- Health Hazard Evaluations (HHE)
- World Trade Center Health Program
- Fatality InvestigationsFatality Assessment and Control Evaluation Program (FACE)
- Firefighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program
- Respirators and Protective ClothingNational Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL)
- Radiation Dose Reconstruction Division of Compensation Analysis and Support (DCAS)
NIOSH Training and Workforce Development
NIOSH conducts research to find ways to reduce workplace injuries and illnesses through training. NIOSH also supports long and short term training programs.
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Office of the Director