NIOSH Science Blog Posts

Providing Clarity Regarding the Regulation of Respirators Used in Health Care Settings

  A Discussion Paper, Streamlining Regulatory Oversight of Respirators Used in Health Care Settings will Improve Worker Protection, was recently published in the National Academy of Medicine’s NAM Perspectives journal by respiratory experts outside of the federal government. This paper highlights continued confusion amongst interested parties including health care organizations and manufacturers seeking approval regarding Read More >

Posted on by Christopher Coffey, PhD; Maryann D’Alessandro, PhD; John Howard, MD; Meghan Kiederer, BA; and Susan Moore, PhD9 Comments

Impact Wellbeing™ Guide Workshop Series Brings Together Hospital Leaders to Improve Healthcare Worker Wellbeing

  NIOSH’s Impact Wellbeing™ campaign gives hospital leaders evidence-informed solutions to reduce healthcare worker burnout and sustain wellbeing. The goal is to build a system where healthcare workers thrive. It helps hospital leaders go beyond individual resilience efforts and encouraging self-care to instead focus on systems-level improvements. Many hospitals face challenges getting started or have concerns Read More >

Posted on by Emily Novicki, MA, MPH; Stefanie Simmons, MD, FACEP; and Claire Viscione, BS1 Comment

Celebrating 20 Years of the Nanotechnology Research Center: Highlights from Engineering Controls and Personal Protective Equipment

  As the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Nanotechnology Research Center (NTRC) marks its 20th anniversary, we celebrate the creative work of the Engineering Controls and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) critical topic area, one of the ten critical nanotechnology topic areas of the NTRC. NIOSH researchers have established both research publications and Read More >

Posted on by Evanly Vo, PhD, DDS; Michael Bergman, MS; and Ziqing Zhuang, PhDLeave a comment

Partnering to Reduce the Risk to Firefighters Responding to High-risk Buildings

  Building strategic partnerships can create solutions to large community safety issues High-risk buildings can be abandoned or condemned structures.  These buildings pose hazards to firefighters and communities. This is because many are structurally unsound and not safe for any person to enter. These buildings are commonly a key contributing factor to firefighter line of Read More >

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National Safety Month 2024

Each June, we bring a little extra attention to safety issues by highlighting National Safety Month®. For each week of the month, the National Safety Council (NSC) identifies a theme to focus on. This blog highlights select research and prevention efforts from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and NSC in this year’s Read More >

Posted on by John Howard and Lorraine M. Martin2 Comments

NIOSH Risk Assessment of Engineered Nanomaterials

Nanotechnology as we know it today did not exist at the time of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. Yet, its provisions to “assure safe and healthful working conditions” apply to nanotechnology workplaces and other workplaces where engineered nanomaterials are produced or used. Engineered nanomaterials are used in a variety of products and Read More >

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Proposed Framework for Developing and Evaluating Total Worker Health® Education and Training Programs

  A constantly changing work environment and a shortage of occupational safety and health (OSH) professionals may bring new challenges to the field. Some OSH professionals will be asked to perform roles they are not formally trained in nor have the expertise needed to fully address evolving hazards and implement necessary interventions.[1] [2] [3] To Read More >

Posted on by Tat’Yana A. Kenigsberg, MPH; Adele M. Childress, PhD; Donjanea Fletcher Williams, EdD; Maria Lioce, MD; L. Casey Chosewood, MD, MPHLeave a comment

Prioritizing our Healthcare Workers: The Importance of Addressing the Intersection of Workplace Violence and Mental Health and Wellbeing

  Workplace violence impacts the mental health and wellbeing of the healthcare workforce. The negative outcomes not only affect the healthcare worker but can trickle down to patient safety and satisfaction. It is important that healthcare institutions implement workplace violence prevention programs that benefit the entire healthcare workforce. This blog post highlights current efforts across Read More >

Posted on by Cammie Chaumont Menendez, Elisa Arespacochaga, Robyn Begley, Melissa Bhatnagar, Priscilla Ross, Megan E. Schaefer, Christina Spring8 Comments

The Role of Work Arrangements in the Future of Work

  The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Future of Work Initiative hosted a webinar to address the role of work arrangements in the future of work. Among the changes anticipated in the Future of Work is an increasing prevalence of nonstandard work arrangements, such as contingent, platform-based, seasonal, on-call, or other “nonstandard” Read More >

Posted on by Rene Pana-Cryan, PhD, Tapas Ray, PhD, Edward Yelin, PhD, and Molly Leshner, MPHLeave a comment

Tackling Mental Health Challenges in the Public Safety Sector: Implementing and Evaluating Mental Health Programs

  Public safety sector workers including firefighters (structural and wildland), law enforcement officers, emergency medical services (EMS) clinicians, and corrections personnel are at a high risk of occupational exposure to traumatic events and stress. As such, mental health programs are critical for addressing the unique challenges these workers face. Effective programs must be multi-faceted, address Read More >

Posted on by Meghan Kiederer, BA; Hope Tiesman, PhD; Daniel Gerard, MS, RN, NRP; Meret Hofer, PhD; Kristen Wheldon, PsyD; Dana Neitlich, MSW; David Shapiro, BA; Wesley R. Attwood, Dr.CJ; Maryann D’Alessandro, PhD; Suzanne Marsh, MPA1 Comment

The Nanotechnology Research Center Carbon Nanotube Registry

  To celebrate the Nanotechnology Research Center’s (NTRC) 20th anniversary, we are highlighting the ongoing efforts of the Center’s Carbon Nanotube Registry. This is a long-term National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) research effort dedicated to understanding workplace health risks associated with carbon nanotubes. What is the Carbon Nanotube Registry? A registry collects Read More >

Posted on by Kaitlin Kelly-Reif, PhD, and Mathew Dahm, PhDLeave a comment

The Problem of Falls from Elevation in Construction and Prevention Resources

The Current Situation with Falls In 2022 falls from elevation represented approximately 81% of all fatal and 20% of all nonfatal slips, trips, and falls for all industry workers (BLS 2023a, BLS 2023b).  Many of these falls occurred in the construction industry, and significantly impact construction employers, workers, and their families. In fact, construction workers Read More >

Posted on by Christina Socias-Morales, DrPH; G. Scott Earnest, Ph.D, PE, CSP; Jessica Bunting, MPH; Rosa Greenberg, MPH; Scott P. Breloff, Ph.D; Asha Brogan, MS; Douglas Trout, MD, MHS1 Comment

A Deeper Look into Protecting Wildland Firefighter Safety and Health

  Wildland firefighters perform a hazardous job in dangerous conditions. Their daily tasks pose risk of burns and other heat-related injuries or illnesses; slips, trips, falls, strains, and sprains; and becoming trapped or injured by equipment or debris.1 In addition, exposures related to fighting fires—especially when it comes to smoke inhalation—have been classified as “carcinogenic,” Read More >

Posted on by Kathleen Navarro DuBose, PhD, MPH; Kenny Fent, PhD, CIH; Rick Swan; & Jay Tarley, CFEILeave a comment

Workers’ Memorial Day 2024: Statement by NIOSH Director

Each year, on April 28, we pause to recognize Workers’ Memorial Day and honor those whose death or suffering resulted from exposure to hazards at work. Words are not enough when it comes to change. Research has shown that the health and safety of workers relies on active and intentional involvement in ways that take Read More >

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2024 NIOSH Science and Service Awards

Exemplary science is the foundation for all National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) research and prevention activities. Each year, NIOSH recognizes outstanding science and service from our employees. This year’s Science and Service Awards took place on April 25, 2024. The awards booklet contains the finalists, awardees, and honorable mentions as well as information Read More >

Posted on by John Howard, MD; Marie de Perio, MD; Kelley A. Durst, MPA; Christina Spring, MA1 Comment

Support for Existing Expertise: Community-focused training initiatives to improve the safety and health of Tribal buffalo herd workers

American bison, also known as buffalo, are the largest land mammal in North America and are perfectly adapted to the harsh landscape of the high plains, capable of surviving extreme winters, vast changes in temperature, drought conditions, high humidity, and many diseases that impact other hoofed mammals. In recent decades, indigenous communities across North America Read More >

Posted on by Mystera M. Samuelson, Arlo Iron Cloud Sr., Lisa Iron Cloud, KC Elliott, Jessica Post, Risto Rautiainen, Ellen Duysen, and John Gibbins1 Comment

Keeping Junior Firefighters Safe and Healthy: The Fire Department’s Role in Promoting Positive Childhood Experiences

  Historically, junior firefighter programs have been an important recruitment and retention tool for the fire service. Also known as “explorers” or “cadets,” junior firefighters range from 14-17 years of age and are part of volunteer, career, and combination (career/volunteer) fire departments. Most states’ child labor laws limit their participation to only fundraising activities, training, Read More >

Posted on by Wesley R. Attwood, Dr.C.J.; Meghan Kiederer, B.A; Jeffrey R. Funke; Michael Krzeminski; KC Elliott, MA, MPH; Tammy Schaeffer; and Patrick R. Montague8 Comments

Supporting Mental Health in the Workplace

  Work plays a significant role in workers’ mental health. This impact is so substantial that managers impact workers’ mental health more than doctors or therapists do, according to the Workforce Institute’s Mental Health at Work study. The U.S. Surgeon General even emphasizes the role of workplaces in shaping our mental and physical well-being, noting Read More >

Posted on by Emily Kirby, BPH, and L. Casey Chosewood, MD, MPH3 Comments

An Urgent Call to Address Work-related Psychosocial Hazards and Improve Worker Well-being

  Work-related psychosocial hazards are factors in the work environment that can cause stress, strain, or interpersonal problems for the worker. This has the potential to cause physical and psychological harm. Work-related psychosocial hazards are on the verge of surpassing many other occupational hazards in terms of their contribution to poor health, injury, disability, and Read More >

Posted on by Paul Schulte, PhD; Steven Sauter, PhD; Hope Tiesman, PhD; Sudha Pandalai, MD; L. Casey Chosewood, MD, Rene Pana-Cryan, PhD; Chia-Chia Chang, MPH; Tapas Ray, PhD; John Howard, MD; Thomas Cunningham, PhD; Naomi Swanson, PhD; Jeannie Nigam, MS; Steven Wurzelbacher, PhD; and Dori Reissman, MD6 Comments

Using Internal Traffic Control Plans to Prevent Construction Worker Injuries and Fatalities in Work Zones

Struck-by injuries are the leading cause of nonfatal injuries and second most common cause of fatalities among construction workers. From 2011 to 2022, there were 1,462 fatal occupational injuries that occurred at road construction sites .[1] Of these, 68% (n=1,000) were among workers in the construction industry (See figure) followed by workers in transportation and Read More >

Posted on by Amber Trueblood, David Fosbroke, Ryan R. Papariello, Nancy Romano, Scott Breloff, Scott Earnest, Douglas TroutLeave a comment