SAFETY AND HEALTH HELPFUL LINKS
NIOSH Health Hazard Evaluation Program
In addition to the resources available from OSHA to address workplace health concerns, assistance also is available from the Health Hazard Evaluation (HHE) program of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Through the HHE program, NIOSH responds to requests for evaluations of workplace health hazards from employers, employees and their representatives, and government agencies.
At no cost to the employer or employees, NIOSH conducts studies of workplaces in response to these requests to learn if workers are exposed to hazardous materials or harmful conditions. Workplace exposures studied include chemicals, biological agents, work stress, noise, radiation, and ergonomics. NIOSH evaluates the workplace environment and the health of employees by reviewing records and conducting on-site environmental and medical testing. Upon completion of the study, NIOSH issues a report that includes recommendations for addressing identified problems, reducing exposure, and preventing disease. HHEs can be especially helpful in the following situations:
1) Employees have an illness from an unknown cause.
2) Employees are exposed to an agent or working condition that is not regulated by OSHA.
3) Employees experience adverse health effects from exposure to a regulated or unregulated agent or working condition, even though the permissible exposure limit is not being exceeded.
4) Medical or epidemiological investigations are needed to evaluate the hazard.
5) The incidence of a particular disease or injury is higher than expected in a group of employees.
6) The exposure is to a new or previously unrecognized hazard.
7) The hazard seems to result from the combined effects of several agents.
Related Federal Web Sites
OSHA and the Department of Transportation have joined to create a very informative web site informing drivers of the dangers of distracted driving.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is the federal agency responsible for conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related injury and illness. This link provides a series of valuable publications.
The American Petroleum Institute‘s mission is to influence public policy in support of a strong, viable U.S. oil and natural gas industry essential to meet the energy needs of consumers in an efficient, environmentally responsible manner. API’s publications are available through this web site.
The American Society of Safety Engineers members manage, supervise and consult on safety, health, and environmental issues in industry, insurance, government and education.
The American Industrial Hygiene Association serves the needs of occupational and environmental health professionals practicing industrial hygiene in industry, government, labor, academic institutions, and independent organizations.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics is the principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics. The BLS is an agency within the Department of Labor.
The National Fire Protection Association’s mission is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education.
The American National Standards Institute has a mission to enhance both the global competitiveness of U.S. business and the U.S. quality of life by promoting and facilitating voluntary consensus standards and conformity assessment systems, and safeguarding their integrity.
The American Chemical Society is a congressionally chartered independent membership organization which represents professionals at all degree levels and in all fields of chemistry and sciences that involve chemistry.
Related State Web Sites
Links to the following related web sites are provided as a convenience to our web page visitors.
The New Mexico Department of Health’s Occupational Health Surveillance Program collects, tracks, and analyzes administrative data and reports from health care providers in order to identify opportunities for preventing or reducing the occurrence of work-related injuries and illnesses and to communicate surveillance findings to those who can affect positive change for workers.
The New Mexico OSHA Bureau is one of the programs of the New Mexico Environment Department. Information about the environment department and other environment programs can be found on this web site.
PSI, the New Mexico E-Services for Contractor Licensing provides a web site for checking all New Mexico contractors for the current status of their license information.
The New Mexico Commission of Public Records was established to preserve, protect and facilitate access to public records that are held in trust for the people of New Mexico. Their web site provides access to public records and information on how to obtain copies of these records.
The New Mexico Workers’ Compensation Administration provides many programs and services to employers, workers, insurance carriers and self-insured businesses, health care providers, and related organizations. The WCA is a source for safety videos.
The New Mexico General Services Department Risk Management Division has a web site related to the Loss Control Bureau. This bureau assists state agencies and universities with identifying, preventing and controlling insurable losses.
The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions is a World-Class, market-driven workforce delivery system that prepares New Mexico job seekers to meet current and emerging needs of New Mexico businesses; and ensures that every New Mexico citizen who needs a job will have one; and every business who needs an employee will find one with the necessary skills and work readiness to allow New Mexico businesses to compete in a global economy.
The New Mexico Administrative Code web site contains quick links to various public records.