National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH)


Definition - What does National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) mean?

The National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) is a federal agency established by the Occupational Health and Safety Act of 1970. NIOSH is part of the United States Department of Health and Human Services' Center for Disease Control (CDC) and is tasked with protecting the safety and health of workers within the United States. To fulfill their mandate, NIOSH works closely with other federal agencies, including the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) and the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) partnership program. NIOSH initiatives address issues ranging from chemical hazards in the workplace to emergency preparedness through training, research, grant funding, and other activities.

WorkplaceTesting explains National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH)

One of the primary functions of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is to facilitate the gathering and analysis of information on worker wellness and safety. NIOSH conducts scientific research directly and through funding of independent research projects. NIOSH also shares research and occupational safety information through the publication of resource materials and the provision of occupational safety and health training. Additionally, NIOSH's Health Hazard Evaluation (HHE) program permits employers, employees, employee representatives, or other government agencies to request an assessment of their workplace to assist in identify occupational health and safety risks. In 2016, NIOSH operated with a budget of approximately $280 million.

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