Global Outreach


Hands wrapping a world globe

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) seeks to reduce occupational diseases, injuries and deaths in the U.S. and globally through capacity building and information exchange with global collaborators. One of the Institute’s three strategic goals is to, “Enhance worker safety and health through global collaborations.” NIOSH works globally on collaborations, partnerships, capacity building, and information exchange with in areas of mutual interest to fill knowledge gaps and to enhance the impact of projects on workers both in the U.S. and in other countries. With expertise from across NIOSH’s divisions, NIOSH works to improve occupational safety and health:

  • Sharing information and research globally
  • Contributing to international documents
  • Providing international technical assistance
  • Participating in international committees and professional associations
  • Contributing to international training materials

NIOSH has strong connections with the international occupational health and safety community, and has partners globally.

Success Stories Published

Cover page for 2016-118

NIOSH and the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (FIOH), both World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centers for Occupational Health, jointly published “Improving Workers’ Health Across the GlobeCdc-pdf” to illustrate examples of successful Network projects benefiting workers globally.

WHO Collaborating Centers

NIOSH is a member of the Global Network of 55 WHO Collaborating Centers for Occupational Health, institutions that carry out activities to assist WHO and to improve global worker health.
Under its agreement with WHO, NIOSH has specific activities designed to support WHO work and those of the WHO Regional Offices, including the PanAmerica Health Organization, while also collaborating with other centers within the Network. The specific activities are listed below.

  1. In agreement with WHO and PAHO, to provide technical support to national and regional efforts and capacity building for the elimination of silicosis
  2. To contribute to WHO and PAHO work on strengthening health workers’ occupational health and safety
  3. To contribute to WHO work on strengthening health systems, governance, capacities and service delivery for workers’ health
  4. To contribute to WHO work on protecting health and safety of workers in the preparedness and response to public health emergencies and the implementation of the International Health regulations.


Access to global data, classification systems and resources are essential to improve international worker safety and health.

NAICS SectorsExternal
The work of the NIOSH Global Collaborations Program to prevent occupational disease and injury contributes to all North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Sectors of formal employment in the U.S.

International Standard Industrial Classification of all Economic Activities (ISIC-Rev.3)External
Global data by sector are organized by the International Standard Industrial Classification of all Economic Activities (ISIC-Rev.3).

Bureau of Labor Statistics External
The “Industry at a Glance” profile from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides detailed information on employment, wages, productivity, and outlook for employment in all sectors in the U.S.

Similar data for over 200 countries and territories can be found in LABORSTA, an International database on labor statistics of the International Labor Organization.

World Health Organization Occupational Health WebsiteExternal
The WHO website includes information, resources and data related to global occupational safety and health.

Global Environmental and Occupational Health e-library of public domain training materials.

International Labour Organization (ILO) Occupational Safety and Health WebsiteExternal
The only tripartite U.N. agency, the ILO brings together governments, employers and workers representatives of 187 member StatesExternal, to set labor standards, develop policies and devise programs promoting decent work for all women and men.

International Commission on Occupational HealthExternal
The International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH) is an international non-governmental professional society whose aims are to foster the scientific progress, knowledge and development of occupational health and safety in all its aspects.

International Occupational Hygiene Association (IOHA)External
The International Occupational Hygiene Association is an international association of national occupational hygiene organizations from across the world. IOHA works to improve occupational hygiene worldwide, providing a safe and healthy working environment for all.

International Ergonomics Association (IEA)External
The International Ergonomics Association (IEA) is the federation of ergonomics and human factors societies across the world. The mission of the IEA is to elaborate and advance ergonomics science and practice.

International Social Security AssociationExternal
The International Social Security Association is the principal international institution bringing together social security agencies and organizations.

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)External
The International Organization for Standardization is an independent, non-governmental international organization with a membership of 163 national standards bodies. Through its members, it brings together experts to share knowledge and develop voluntary, consensus-based, market relevant International Standards that support innovation and provide solutions to global challenges.

American Industrial Hygiene AssociationExternal
AIHA administers comprehensive education programs that keep occupational and environmental health and safety professionals current in the field of industrial hygiene.

Page last reviewed: November 16, 2017