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NIOSH - Spokane Research Laboratory

Laboratory Information:

NIOSH - Spokane Research Laboratory
315 E. Montgomery Avenue
Spokane, WA 99207-2291
Website: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/contact/im-srl.html
Agency/Department: Dept. of Health and Human Services
Region: Far West

FLC Laboratory Representative:

Ms. Kathleen Goedel
Phone: (513) 533-8686
Fax: (513) 533-8660
Email: kgoedel@cdc.gov

Background/History of the Laboratory:

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, medicine, and statistics. The Spokane Research Laboratory (SRL) pursues an innovative program to promote the health and safety of the Nation's miners by delivering on the Nation's promise: Safety and health for all mine and other workers through research and prevention.

Mission of the Laboratory:

The SRL mission is to provide quality leadership in the prevention of work-related illness, injury, and death in the extractive industries in the western United States by

  • Tracking fatal and nonfatal traumatic injuries, occupational diseases, health and safety hazards, and the use of control technology in the extractive industries, with a focus on issues unique to mine workers in the Western states, such as those associated with deep metal mines, western coal mines, and precious metal deposits;
  • Conducting field investigations, health hazard evaluations, and laboratory studies of occupational diseases, injuries, and fatalities;
  • Conducting laboratory and field investigations to better understand the causes of catastrophic events that may lead to multiple injuries and fatalities, such as collapse of underground workings, massive slope failures, and collapse of mine structures;
  • Developing tests and demonstrations of sensors, predictive models, and engineering control technologies to reduce miners' risks for injury or death;
  • Preparing and recommending appropriate criteria for new standards, NIOSH policy, documents, or testimony related to health and safety in the extractive industries; and
  • Creating underground and surface health and safety training tools.

Facilities:

Technology Transfer Mechanisms:

  • Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs)
  • Patents and Licensing
  • Technical Assistance

Technology Areas of Expertise:

  • Mine condition simulation and modeling
  • Mining equipment design study
  • Mining Injury and Disease Prevention
  • Mining Surveillance and Statistical Support
  • Risk factor identification
  • Underground and surface mine injury prevention