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The NIOSH Web site features many different types of databases and information resources. They are categorized here by Chemical; Injury, Illness & Hazards Data and Information; Publications; Respirators and Other Personal Protective Equipment; Agriculture; and Construction. The most popular databases include the International Chemical Safety Cards, NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards, and NIOSHTIC-2.


Injury, Illness & Hazards Data and Information

  • Power Tool Sound Levels Database
    This is an informational database of power tools commonly used in the occupational setting.  The database was developed by NIOSH and includes data gathered by NIOSH researchers.  The database is particularly helpful in determining the "real-world" noise level of power tools as they are used on the job. The database contains such information as sound power levels, sound pressure level and downloadable exposure and wave files.  Further, links to the NIOSH Hearing Protector Compendium are included to assist in choosing appropriate hearing protection.

  • Compendium of NORA Research Projects and Impacts, 1996-2005
    The Compendium of NORA Research Projects and Impacts contains over 400 brief descriptions from researchers who responded concerning their research projects identified as NORA from 1996-2005.

  • Hearing Protector Device Compendium
    This compendium, as of June 2003, contains data from 23 manufacturers nationwide (down from 53 in the 1994 compendium) on 292 hearing protectors (up from 241 in the 1994 compendium).

  • HHE Health Hazard Evaluations (HHEs)
    NIOSH conducts Health Hazard Evaluations (HHEs) to find out whether there are health hazards to employees caused by exposures or conditions in the workplace.

  • Life Table Analysis System
    Life table analyses originated as a form of survival analysis in which survival times are grouped into intervals. Hazard or incidence rates are calculated for each interval. The NIOSH Life Table Analysis System was created primarily to analyze cohorts defined by occupational exposures.

  • Nanoparticle Information Library (NIL)
    The Nanoparticle Information Library (NIL) is intended to help occupational health professionals, industrial users, worker groups, and researchers organize and share information on nanomaterials, including their health and safety-associated properties.

  • National Occupational Exposure Survey (NOES)
    NOES contains data collected by NIOSH from 1981 to 1983 on potential occupational exposures to chemical, physical, and biological agents in a broad spectrum of U.S. industries. It can be used to associate potential exposures with industry types, occupations, observed exposure conditions, and other parameters.

  • National Occupational Respiratory Mortality System (NORMS)
    An interactive query system designed to generate statistics, charts, and maps relating to mortality from occupationally-related lung diseases.

  • Organization of Work: Measurement Tools for Research and Practice
    Organization of work refers to the work process and the organizational practices that influence job design, including how jobs are and human resource policies are structured. This Web site enhances research in this priority area by providing a means for researchers to quickly and easily identify available instruments for measuring organizational characteristics that may be useful for advancing research on the associations between work organization and worker safety, health, and well-being.

  • Worker Health Chartbook, 2004
    The Worker Health Chartbook, 2004 is a descriptive epidemiologic reference on occupational morbidity and mortality in the United States. A resource for agencies, organizations, employers, researchers, workers, and others who need to know about occupational injuries and illnesses, the Chartbook includes more than 400 figures and tables describing the magnitude, distribution, and trends of the Nation’s occupational injuries, illnesses, and fatalities.

  • Work-Related Injury Statistics Query System (Work-RISQS)
    Work-RISQS provides a web-based public access query system for obtaining national estimates (number of cases) and rates (number of cases per hours worked) for nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments. Users may interactively query based on demographic characteristics, nature of injury/illness, and incident circumstances for the years 1998 and 1999.

  • Work-Related Lung Disease (eWoRLD) Surveillance System
    The WoRLD report presents information on various work-related respiratory diseases and associated exposures in the United States, and describes where these diseases are occurring (by industry and geographic location), who is affected (by race, gender, age, and occupation), how frequently they occur, and temporal trends.

  • Standardized Occupation and Industry Coding (SOIC)
    The Standardized Occupation and Industry Coding (SOIC) software automates the coding process for industry and occupation (I&O) narratives from death certificates, cancer registries, and other record systems. The software assigns codes according to the 1990 Bureau of the Census industry and occupation codes and supplemental codes from the National Center for Health Statistics. This site provides a downloadable version of the SOIC software and User’s Manual as well as other SOIC information and installation resources.


    NIOSHTIC-2 is a bibliographic database of occupational safety and health publications, documents, grant reports, and other communication products supported in whole or in part by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

Respirators and Other Personal Protective Equipment

  • CBRN APR NIOSH Approved Respirators
    This site provides information for determining if a given APR is certified by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) for use by emergency responders in a potential CBRN situation. It also provides a list of devices that have been certified by NIOSH for such use.

  • CBRN SCBA NIOSH Approved Respirators
    This site provides information from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) on testing and certifying self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) for use by emergency responders in chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) environments.

  • Certified Equipment List (CEL)
    The CEL is a database of all NIOSH certified respirators and coal mine dust personal sampler units.

  • NIOSH-Approved Disposable Particulate Respirators (Filtering Facepieces)
    Provides a listing of NIOSH-approved disposable particulate respirators that health care workers can use to help protect themselves from diseases potentially spread through the air, such as SARS or Tuberculosis.


  • National Agriculture Safety Database (NASD)
    NASD is a collection of information about health, safety and injury prevention in agriculture. The information in the database was contributed by safety professionals and organizations from across the nation in an effort to promote safety in agriculture.


Page last updated: December 11, 2008
Page last reviewed: January 7, 2008
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

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