NIOSH Creates Robotics Research Center

Occupational Health and Safety – NIOSH [the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Protection] announced Oct. 16 that it is launching a Center for Occupational Robotics Research to assess potential benefits and risks of robot workers and develop guidance for safe interactions between humans and robots.

Increasing numbers of robots are entering the 21st century workplace, yet the benefits and potential risks of robots in the workplace aren't fully known, according to NIOSH, hence the decision to create the new center to assess the benefits and risks and to develop guidance for safe interactions between people and robots. Its first formal partnership commenced on Oct. 5, 2017, when representatives of OSHA, NIOSH, and the Robotic Industries Association signed an alliance to work together to enhance OSHA's and NIOSH's technical expertise, improve awareness of workplace hazards associated with traditional industrial robots and the emerging technology of human-robot collaboration installations and systems, and help identify needed research to reduce workplace hazards.

Read more at Occupational Health and Safety.