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The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, NIOSH, is part of the U.S. federal government's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). NIOSH's web site is http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/.
NIOSH is the only federal Institute responsible for conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related illnesses and injuries.
NIOSH was created by the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act of 1970, the same Act that created OSHA. However, OSHA is responsible for creating and enforcing workplace safety and health regulations while NIOSH is in the Department of Health and Human Services and is a research agency.
Examples of NIOSH activities include:
Creating new ways to prevent workplace hazards is the job of NIOSH.
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Many NIOSH-approved standards appear on Safety Data Sheets. For example, a NIOSH-approved respirator might be a specific piece of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) recommended under Section 8 (exposure controls/personal protection) of the SDS. Other examples of NIOSH's involvement with SDS's or related information include:
See also: ACGIH, OSHA, NFPA, RTECS.
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