What is the relationship between OSHA and NIOSH?

March 9th, 2009

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is the division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that researches and publishes worker safety recommendations. NIOSH does not publish "regulations" or enforce them, but NIOSH recommendations contain the latest U.S. Public Health Service guidelines. OSHA requires compliance with the latest U.S. Public Health Service guidelines for standards, such as bloodborne pathogens, so it is good a good idea to follow NIOSH recommendations so that you are in compliance with the corresponding OSHA regulation.