Research and Advisory Work

Our interdisciplinary research environment consists of people with various professional backgrounds such as medicine, physiology, chemistry, biology, psychology among others. STAMI is also the Norwegian authorities’ main advisor upon work environment and occupational health related issues.



Divisions of research

STAMI performs research, work environment surveillance, knowledge support to the public administration and worklife support to the Norwegian worklife, education and training, communication and dissemination.

We are about 140 employees who create, use and promote knowledge on occupational health.

Organization STAMI

Research group for Work Psychology and Physiology

The research group studies the effects of psychological, social and organizational work environment factors, as well as the significance of mechanical and physical working conditions’ impact on health, investigating mechanism and reasons for work-related complaints and diseases.

Head of research group:
Håkon Johannessen –

Research group for Occupational Medicine and Epidemiology

The research group develops and applies knowledge about work and health, among other things through the investigation of illness that is suspected to be related to work, mapping possible connections between work environment and illness.

Head of research group:
Karl-Christian Nordby –

Research group for Chemical Work Environment

The research group is engaged in the mapping and identification of chemical and biological pollution in the work environment, which may entail risk to the health of the workers, and in studying the mechanisms by which health outcomes occur. The group provides advice and guidance on sampling and offers analyzes of air and biological samples for occupational exposures.

Head of research group:
Nils Petter Skaugset –

Research group for Occupational Toxicology

The research group works with research and knowledge building on toxic effects on workers’ health originating from chemical and biological exposure. The group provides advice and guidance on risk factors, measures, limit values, and priorities related to working environment conditions in Norwegian working life.

Head of research group:
Shan Narui  –

National Surveillance System for Work Environment and Occupational Health

The Department of Occupational Health Surveillance (NOA) coordinates, systematizes and disseminates knowledge and statistics about the working environment and health to government authorities and other users.

Head of department:
Therese Hanvold –

Advisory work

STAMI 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 Inclusion.

As a sector institute, our research contributes to requested, and needed, knowledge within the area of work environment and occupational health. We provide scientific- knowledge-based support contributing 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
  • National Work Environment Library

The institute does perform quite a few other tasks which are considered contributing to a knowledge-based public administration, such as systematic literature reviews, smaller research projects and development projects, holding the advisory function to the Norwegian working life and providing courses and education within the sector of work environment and occupational health.