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NIOSH and Its Direction and Programs The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health NIOSH and the Occupational Safety an Health Administration OSHA were established by the Occupational Safety and Health Act passed by congress in 1970 NIOSH is a part of the Center for Disease Control CDC and is the only federally funded and controlled division responsible for conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work related illnesses and injuries It is important to understand the OSHA and NIOSH are two separate agencies OSHA is housed under the Department of Labor and is responsible for the development and enforcement of workplace health and safety regulations NIOSH on the other hand is in the Department of Health and Human Services and is a research agency NIOSH was created when the US Secretary of Labor was directed by congress through section 2B 56 of the OSH Act to provide for research in the field of occupational safety and health including the psychological involved and by developing innovative methods techniques and approaches for dealing with occupational safety and health problems by exploring ways to discover latent diseases establishing causal connections between diseases and work and environmental conditions and conducting other research relating to health problems in recognition of the fact that occupational health standards present problems often different from those involved in occupational safety During its 25 year history NIOSH has had its function revised two times once in 1977 by amendment to the Coal Mine Health and Safety Act and in 1995 when the US Bureau of Mine Health and Safety Research was consolidated and placed in NIOSH These changes allowed NIOSH to play the same role in the mining industry that they played in all others The duties and responsibilities of NIOSH are numerous but include Investigating potentially hazardous working conditions as reported by employees or employers Evaluate the hazards of new technologies and work practices Researching Creating and
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