Welcome to the NIOSH blog. It provides yet another way to further our long-standing commitment to optimizing two-way communication with our partners. The blog provides an expeditious system for you, our stakeholders, to present ideas to NIOSH scientists and each other while engaging in robust scientific discussion with the goal of protecting workers.

We want this blog to serve as a portal to real, open, and honest scientific communication. That said, this blog is moderated using the NIOSH Science Blog Comment Policy presented here.

We expect participants to show respect and consideration to the authors and others using the blog. Participants must comply with applicable policies, regulations, and laws. All comments will be reviewed before posting. We will not post vulgar language; personal attacks of any kind; offensive terms that target specific groups; or unsupported accusations. We will not knowingly post comments that promote misinformation, infringe on copyrights, are spam, are clearly off topic, promote services or products, or could be construed as lobbying. Documents and attachments will not be posted on the blog.

Importantly, comments from individuals outside of NIOSH do not necessarily represent NIOSH policy or the views of NIOSH. References to products or services do not constitute an endorsement by NIOSH or the U.S. government. Links to external sites will be deactivated. Comments submitted to this blog may include urls for information created and maintained by other public and private organizations and individuals’ blogs. We provide these urls solely for our users’ information and convenience. NIOSH does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness or completeness of information contained on sites. NIOSH does not endorse the organizations sponsoring the websites, and we do not endorse the views they express or the products/services they offer.

Participants should specifically ensure that no personal identifying or private medical information about a third party is released, especially information restricted from release under the Privacy Act or the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Every effort will be made to post comments in a timely manner that are responsive to the science presented on the blog and that do not violate the Comment Policy. Comments can be expected to appear during business hours Monday through Friday. To protect your own privacy and the privacy of others, please do not include phone numbers or email addresses in the body of your comment. The blog is not a substitute for public comments intended for the NIOSH docket.

Reporters are asked to send questions to the NIOSH Public Affairs Office through their normal channels and to refrain from submitting questions here as comments. Reporter questions will not be posted.

Thank you for taking the time to read the NIOSH Science Blog Comment Policy. We look forward to hearing from you on the blog!

If you have any questions about the Comment Policy, email nioshblog@cdc.gov.