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NIOSH Division of Applied Research and Technology
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    July 2018

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    DHHS publication ; no. (NIOSH) 2018-139
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    "The Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations, and Field Studies (DSHEFS) is part of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). DSHEFS provides national and international leadership for the detection and prevention of work-related illness through a focused program of surveillance, worksite evaluations, and research. To accomplish this mission, the division: 1. Conducts and coordinates surveillance activities. 2. Performs health hazard evaluations. 3. Studies industrywide health and exposures in working populations. 4. DSHEFS consists of three branches: A. The Surveillance Branch studies trends in worker injuries and illnesses. These surveillance studies improve worker safety and health by: a). Developing illness- and hazard-tracking systems to provide information about worker health. b). Providing technical assistance to state partners to build state-based occupational health surveillance programs. c). Promoting and supporting industry and occupation information found in health surveys and medical and vital records to identify and track links between workplace exposures and illnesses. B. The Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch administers the NIOSH Health Hazard Evaluation Program. The branch also: a). Provides technical and consultative assistance to federal, state, and local agencies and other stakeholders. b). Evaluates work-related deaths caused by medical conditions in firefighters as part of the fire fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program. c). Assists in the NIOSH response to occupational health concerns during disasters and emergency events. C. The Industrywide Studies Branch determines the incidence and prevalence of acute and chronic disease in workers and their children and studies the nature and extent of acute and chronic responses to potentially hazardous agents at work. These studies include epidemiologic and industrial hygiene field studies and longitudinal record-based studies. Results are communicated to workers, scientists, industry, and the public through peer-reviewed journal articles and targeted worker notifications." - NIOSHTIC-2 NIOSHTIC no. 20052183
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