The National Research Institute on Occupational Health in Norway is the authorities’ main advisor upon work environment and occupational health related issues. The institute has an advisory role to the Labour and Petroleum Inspection Authorities. The institute is a sector institute, publicly funded and placed under the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.
As a sector institute, our research contributes to requested, and needed, knowledge within the area of work environment and occupational health. Being a sector institute, we provide scientific and knowledge based support in order to contribute to a knowledge-based public administration within our sector.
Typical knowledge based tasks performed by our institute are: The National Surveillance System for Work Environment and Occupational Health, Coordination of the work of the Occupational Clinics in Norway, an Occupational medicine outpatient clinic, Special services for risk related work environment, the Secretariat of Occupational Health Services, Regulatory toxicology, Occupational hygiene laboratory services, Sampling equipment rental services and the National Work Environment Library.
The institute does perform quite a few other tasks which are considered to contribute to a knowledge-based public administration, such as systematic literature reviews, smaller research and development projects, holding the advisory function to the Norwegian working life as well as providing courses and education within the sector of work environment and occupational health.