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NIOSH: training occupational safety and health professionals: fact sheet.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
NIOSH 2001 Jul; :1-2
NIOSHTIC No.
20021614
Abstract
Each day an average of 9,000 U.S. workers sustain disabling injuries on the job, 16 workers die from an injury at work, and 137 workers die from work-related diseases. Data from a study published in 1997 funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) showed that in 1992, the economic costs of job-related injuries and illnesses totaled $171 billion. These costs are much higher than those for AIDS and Alzheimer''s Disease and are on a par with those for cancer and circulatory disease. However, there are not enough well-trained occupational safety and health (OS&H) professionals to meet this large burden of disease and injury. The Occupational Safety and Health Act directs NIOSH to fund training programs to educate professionals in the OS&H disciplines (industrial hygiene, occupational health nursing, occupational medicine, and occupational safety). To date, these programs have had a significant public health impact: An average of 700 students graduate annually from NIOSH-supported programs with training in medicine, nursing, industrial hygiene, and safety engineering. NIOSH estimates that about half of all U.S. occupational safety and health professionals graduate from NIOSH-supported programs at the Masters and Doctorate levels. A 1995 report by the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services noted that approximately 80% of the graduates from NIOSH-funded programs pursue careers in OS&H. NIOSH funds more than 1,000 continuing education courses each year with upwards of 30,000 participants.
Keywords
Training; Occupational-medicine; Occupational-health; Education; Educational-resource-centers
Publication Date
20010701
Document Type
Numbered Publication
Fiscal Year
2001
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
(NIOSH) 2001-158
NIOSH Division
EID; OD
Priority Area
Other Occupational Concerns
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
DC; OH
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