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Definition of National Institute For Occupational Safety And Health

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is the United States federal agency that is responsible for conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related injury and illness. NIOSH is a part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) inside of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. The headquarters of NIOSH is in Washington, D.C.. Research offices and laboratories are located across the country in Denver, Colorado; Atlanta, Georgia; Morgantown, West Virginia; Anchorage, Alaska; Cincinnati, Ohio; Pittsburg, Pennsylvania and Spokane, Washington. Unlike its counterpart, the Occupational and Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the NIOSH is not a regulatory agency. It does not issue safety and health standards that are enforceable under United States law.

The NIOSH has three overarching goals. They are:

  1. To conduct research to reduce work-related injuries and illnesses
  2. To promote safety and healthy workplaces through interventions, recommendations and capacity building
  3. To enhance global workplace safety and health through international collaborations.

These goals are supported by NIOSH's program portfolio. The portfolio categorizes the efforts of the institute into 8 groups that represent industrial sectors. The program portfolio additionally subdivides efforts into 24 cross sectors.

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