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NIOSH’s Engineering Controls Database

The hierarchy of controls shows us that engineering controls can protect workers by eliminating or reducing hazardous conditions to acceptable exposure levels. The idea behind the hierarchy is that the control methods at the top of the graphic are potentially more effective and protective than those at the bottom. Following the hierarchy of controls can Read More >

Posted on by Brennan Lockwood and Trudi McCleery, MPH12 Comments

Improving Workers’ Health Across the Globe

According to the International Labour Organization, globally, 6,300 people die as a result of occupational injury or work-related diseases every day – more than 2.3 million deaths per year. This has a tremendous impact on the global community- individuals, families, and employers. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is committed to improving worker Read More >

Posted on by Debbie Hoyer, MPH; Nura Sadeghpour, MPH; Leslie Nickels, PhD, MEd; and RADM Margaret M. Kitt, MD, MPH 3 Comments

Help Set the Research Agenda for the Healthcare and Social Assistance Sector

NIOSH wants to hear from you on how to improve workplace health and safety in the Healthcare and Social Assistance industry sector. Your insights will be used to inform the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA). NORA is a partnership program to stimulate innovative research and improved workplace practices in occupational safety and health.  Since 1996, Read More >

Posted on by LT Megan Casey, RN, BSN, MPH21 Comments

The “S” in NIOSH

The “S” in NIOSH could stand for science, super, or spectacular but as we all know (and maybe sometimes forget) it stands for safety. Safety is a critical part of the NIOSH mission: safety and health at work for all people through research and prevention. Why Is Worker Safety So Important? In 2014: -4,821 U.S. Read More >

Posted on by John Howard, MD; Sydney Webb, PhD; and Trudi McCleery, MPH 1 Comment

Using a Seat Belt: A safety priority on- and off-the-job

Share Roads Safely is this week’s emphasis for National Safety Month. Motor vehicle safety is an important topic in the workplace as motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of fatal injuries among workers in the United States. When it comes to reducing severity of injury or death in a crash, seat belt use can Read More >

Posted on by Rosa L. Rodriguez-Acosta, PhD and Winnie Boal, MPH3 Comments

Making Alaska a Safer Place to Work

  During 1980-1989, Alaska had the highest work-related fatality rate of any state in the nation, with a rate of 34.8 deaths per 100,000 workers per year compared to the average U.S. rate of 7 deaths per 100,000 workers per year. At the invitation of the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and the Read More >

Posted on by John Howard, M.D. 11 Comments

Protecting Young Workers in Retail Jobs

June, which is National Safety Month, is an appropriate time to focus on young workers, as they head out of school and into the workforce. Many of them will find jobs in the retail industry, a leading employer of young workers in the United States. In 2014, there were approximately 18.1 million workers younger than Read More >

Posted on by Donna Pfirman14 Comments

Help Set the Research Priorities for Occupational Respiratory Diseases

  Work-related respiratory diseases include both those that are uniquely caused by work, such as coal workers pneumoconiosis, and those that are caused by both work and non-work factors. Asthma is an example of this second type of condition.  Work-related asthma is the most common respiratory disease treated in occupational health clinics in the United Read More >

Posted on by Paul Henneberger, ScD, and David Weissman, MD 19 Comments
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