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CDC and NIOSH - Guidelines and Standards





The CDC is one of the major operating components of the Department of Health and Human Services. Click here to view CDC's Organizational Chart to learn more about CDC′s organizational structure.

CDC's mission is to collaborate to create the expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health – through health promotion, prevention of disease, injury and disability, and preparedness for new health threats.

CDC seeks to accomplish its mission by working with partners throughout the nation and the world to:

  • monitor health
  • detect and investigate health problems
  • conduct research to enhance prevention
  • develop and advocate sound public health policies
  • implement prevention strategies
  • promote healthy behaviors
  • foster safe and healthful environments
  • provide leadership and training

Those functions are the backbone of CDC′s mission. Each of CDC′s component organizations undertakes these activities in conducting its specific programs. The steps needed to accomplish this mission are also based on scientific excellence, requiring well-trained public health practitioners and leaders dedicated to high standards of quality and ethical practice. (Source: CDC)

To learn more about the CDC and to access it's Web site, click here.

The CDC Division of Oral Health has a Web page dedicated to
Guidelines and Recommendations. Contained on that page is Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings, 2003, which was developed for dental health care personnel.

OSAP members largely work with the CDC's Division of Oral Health. This important Division addresses the prevention of cavities, gum disease, tooth loss and oral cancers, fluoridation, state oral health programs, and, of course, infection control.

Other divisions of the CDC that may be of interest in dentistry include:



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The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)


The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is a division of the CDC. NIOSH is the federal agency responsible for conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related injury and illness.

The mission of the NIOSH is to generate new knowledge in the field of occupational safety and health and to transfer that knowledge into practice for the betterment of workers. To accomplish this mission, NIOSH conducts scientific research, develops guidance and authoritative recommendations, disseminates information, and responds to requests for workplace health hazard evaluations.

NIOSH provides national and world leadership to prevent work-related illness, injury, disability, and death by gathering information, conducting scientific research, and translating the knowledge gained into products and services, including scientific information products, training videos, and recommendations for improving safety and health in the workplace.

The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 created both NIOSH and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA is in the US Department of Labor and is responsible for developing and enforcing workplace safety and health regulations. NIOSH is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Department of Health and Human Services. NIOSH is an agency established to help assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by providing research, information, education, and training in the field of occupational safety and health. Information pertaining to the specific responsibilities of NIOSH are found in Section 22 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (29 CFR § 671).
(Source: NIOSH)

To learn more about NIOSH and to access its Web site click here.

In additon to providing information for
health care workers in general on its Web site, NIOSH also has a Web page specifically for dental health care workers. Other topics of interest on the NIOSH Web site for dental health care workers include:


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