National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) - Pittsburgh Research Laboratory

FLC Region

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626 Cochrans Mill Road
P.O. Box 18070
Pittsburgh, PA 15236-0070
United States

Laboratory Representative


The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is the federal agency responsible for conducting field and laboratory research on the full scope of occupational disease and injury. In addition to conducting research, NIOSH investigates potentially hazardous working conditions when requested by employers or employees; makes recommendations and disseminates information on preventing workplace disease, injury, and disability; and provides training to occupational safety and health professions. NIOSH is an organization made up of employees representing a wide range of disciplines including industrial hygiene, nursing, epidemiology, engineering, mining, medicine, and statistics. NIOSH's technologies vary from discovery and early stage inventions to commercially-ready products. There are hundreds of partnering opportunities available to domestic and international corporations.


The Office of Mine Safety and Health Research Pittsburgh site occupies 180 acres and serves as one of two focal points for Federal mine safety and health research. The research program is based on surveillance data and stakeholder input and addresses most mining sectors, with emphasis on the safety and health hazards of mining and disaster prevention. Programmatic areas include dust (coal and silica) monitoring and control, mine ventilation, hearing loss prevention and engineering noise controls, diesel particulate monitoring and control, emergency response and rescue, firefighting and prevention, training research, ergonomics and machine safety, mine ground control, electrical safety, explosives safety, surveillance, and technology transfer.


Major programs include: Health hazards; Safety hazards; and Disaster Prevention.

Technology Disciplines

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Air Quality Assurance: A Monitor for Continuous, Simultaneous Analysis of Atmospheric or Aerosolized Particulate Mixtures
Cable-line Safety Sytem: Electro/hydraulic Emergency Stop Device for a Winch, Drum or Capstan
Computer Controlled Aerosol Generator with Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotube Inhalation Testing Capabilities
Cylindrical Handle Dynamometer for Improved Grip-Strength Measurement
Device to Measure Muscle Contractile-Relaxant and Epithelial Bioelectric Responses of Perfused, Intact Tracheal Airways Tissue In Vitro
Diisocyanate Specific Monoclonal Antibodies for Occupational and Environmental Monitoring of Polyurethane Production Exposure-related Asthma and Allergy and Clinical Diagnosis
Emergency Maritime Battery Charger
Extension-Ladder Safety: Multimodal-feedback Indicator for Improved Ladder Positioning Safety and Efficiency
Flushed Seal for an Improved, More Protective, Negative-Pressure Respirator
Focused Electrostatic Collection of Aerosol Particles for Chemical Analysis by Spectroscopic Techniques


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Acoustic Test Chamber
Full Scale Continuous Miner Dust Gallery
Motion Analysis Laboratory
Safety Research and Experimental Coal Mines
The Safety Structures Testing Laboratory (SST)
Virtual Immersion and Simulation Laboratory

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Current Mining Funding Opportunities can be found at



NIOSH announces its extramural research, training, and conference support programs in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts. Links to these announcements are provided in each of the research activity sections below.

NIOSH Sector and Cross-Sector programs have identified priority goals for extramural research.  These goals are available on the NIOSH Program Portfolio page and should be considered at the time research projects are being developed.  Researchers are encouraged to identify priority goals for extramural research as a part of their application.  Please see Funding Opportunities for specific instructions regarding the selection of research goals for individual funding announcements. 

All NIOSH funding opportunities are also posted on is the single access point for over 1000 grant programs offered by 26 Federal grant-making agencies. Visitors to can register for e-mail notification of grant opportunities by category and agency. Previous announcements for each category of activity are available through a "Past Funding" link.


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