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The 1990s brought about the establishment of the Centers for Agricultural Health and Safety and the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA), a partnership program to stimulate innovative research and improved workplace practices.

Growing Responsibilities

Throughout the past five decades, NIOSH has expanded its work to include emerging safety and health concerns addressing both well-known and newly emerging hazards such as advanced manufacturing and robotics. NIOSH’s responsibilities have grown to supporting atomic weapons industry workers with cancer who filed claims for compensation under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000, as well as responders and survivors of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York City, at the Pentagon, and near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Looking to the Future

Upon its creation, NIOSH had 475 employees. Today NIOSH has nearly 2,000 researchers, support staff and contractors in eight locations including: Anchorage, Alaska; Denver, Colorado; Washington, DC; Atlanta, Georgia; Cincinnati, Ohio; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Spokane, Washington; and Morgantown, West Virginia. In addition, NIOSH has eight “virtual centers” through which researchers at its geographically dispersed locations work together to achieve NIOSH’s vision of safer, healthier workers.

Today, NIOSH is committed to continuing to grow and adapt to the rapidly changing nature of workplace and work issues experienced by today and tomorrow’s workforce.

Source of original article: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) / CDC Features Series (tools.cdc.gov).
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