The U.S. Government’s Role in Safety – Part 1

The U.S. government signed the Occupational Safety and Health Act into law in 1970.  Great strides have been made in workplace safety since then.  Today’s post is the first in a four part series on the U.S. government and it’s role in workplace safety.

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“The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health is the U.S. federal agency that conducts research and makes recommendations to prevent worker injury and illness.” (The National Institute, 2013)  NIOSH research helps provide solutions to identified problems.  There are 155 million workers in the United States that benefit from NIOSH’s research.  NIOSH is the only dedicated federal investment for research in the prevention of worker injuries and illnesses.

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NIOSH was established as a result of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970.  NIOSH partners with OSHA and is a division of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. NIOSH employs more than 1,200 people and is headquartered in Washington D.C. and Atlanta, Georgia (The National Institute, 2013).

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. (2013, July 26). Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved from http://http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/about.html

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