Worker Health Surveillance

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About the NIOSH Surveillance Program

The NIOSH Surveillance Program improves worker safety and health by identifying and tracking workplace injuries, illnesses, hazards, deaths and exposures in the United States.

Our program makes a difference in worker safety and health by:

  • Analyzing existing data to monitor trends and track changes in workplace injuries, illnesses and exposures
  • Identifying gaps in current occupational health and exposure surveillance data
  • Conducting studies of specific occupations and industries to fill data gaps
  • Developing new analytic methods for surveillance research
  • Working with partners in Federal, State and private enterprise to improve occupational health surveillance
  • Measuring the long-term impacts of NIOSH research

Though partners supply much of the data we use in our surveillance studies, we expand the use of data by exploring relationships between work and exposures, and by providing new data. Our surveillance activities complement and further the research efforts of other Federal agencies, including:

  • Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
  • Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)
  • National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

The results of our surveillance studies are used by NIOSH’s Program Portfolio and National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) Councils to::

  • assess the burden of illness and injuries
  • track impact of occupational health and safety research
  • set research priorities and prevention strategies

These surveillance efforts examine workplace illnesses, injuries, hazards, deaths and exposures by industry and occupation.

To learn more about how the NIOSH Surveillance Program serves as a NIOSH core and specialty program, please contact:

Program Manager:
Teresa Schnorr, Ph.D.
Director, NIOSH Division of Field Studies and Engineering (DFSE)
1090 Tusculum Road, R-2, Cincinnati, Ohio 45226

Program Coordinator:
Marie Haring Sweeney, Ph.D.
Health Scientist
1090 Tusculum Road, R-2, Cincinnati, Ohio 45226

Assistant Program Coordinator:
Sara Luckhaupt, M.D.
Medical Officer
1090 Tusculum Road, R-2, Cincinnati, Ohio 45226

Our surveillance activities are conducted and managed within several of our divisions and office locations:

We also collaborate with other centers within CDC and HHS to foster a better understanding of how work contributes to health status.

Learn more about our program goals

Learn more about our surveillance program initiatives

If you would like to learn more about our Surveillance Program, please email us at

Developing a Smarter Surveillance System for Occupational Safety and Health in the 21st Century

A National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NAS) committee will study opportunities and develop a vision for conducting occupational safety and health surveillance for the future. The committee held its first meeting on June 15 and 16, 2016.  Learn more about presentations from this meeting and future meetingsexternal icon .

Program Performance One-pager

Program Performance One-Pagers (PPOPs) are a snapshot of NIOSH programs’ priorities, strategies used to make progress towards priorities, recent accomplishments, and upcoming work.

Surveillance Program Performance One-pager [PDF – 140 KB]

Page last reviewed: October 15, 2019