Robots are machines or automated technologies that are capable of performing a series of actions to do everything from drive cars to perform patient surgery. Robots have existed in the workplace for quite some time, but their presence on jobsites is increasing, as are their capabilities. Today’s robots are designed to work alongside, move amongst, and be worn by human workers.
NIOSH’s Role in Robotics
Given NIOSH’s mission to develop new knowledge, the Institute is uniquely positioned to evaluate potential benefits and risks of robots in the workplace, conduct workplace interventions to prevent robot-related worker injuries, and develop guidance for safe interactions between humans and robots. To do this, NIOSH created the Center for Occupational Robotics Research (CORR) in September 2017.
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CORR Mission: Provide scientific leadership to guide the development and use of occupational robots that enhance worker safety, health, and wellbeing.
- Page last reviewed: September 11, 2017
- Page last updated: September 18, 2018
- Content source:
- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Division of Safety Research