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Grants for education programs in occupational safety and health: long-term training project grants.

NIOSH 2004 Sep; :1-17
The industrial hygiene (IH) program at the University of North Alabama (UNA) was created in the mid-seventies in response to the passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. It is one of the first undergraduate programs of IH established in the nation and the only one of this type in the State of Alabama. The program offers the degree of a Bachelor of Science (or Bachelor of Arts) with a major in IH. The IH curriculum is designed to prepare professionals for the comprehensive practice of IH. It is broad in scope and includes complementary education in the allied sciences of safety and environmental health. It also contains a very important component of chemistry courses, and offers, without the need of any extra coursework, the option of a double major in industrial hygiene and general chemistry. The NIOSH Training Project Grant (TPG) awarded to the UNA IH program three years ago has brought positive developments and desirable results. By supporting academic scholarships and funding students' extramural activities, it has helped us in our recruitment effort. Enrollment of the IH program has increased by 65.6% in the last three years. The grant was also instrumental in securing funding for the process initiated in the year 2002 for accreditation. It addition, it supported release time the program director used in the evaluation process for accreditation, and added value to our application as a NIOSH supported program. The IH program was accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of the American Board of Engineering Technology on August 15, 2003. Since the academic year 1998-1999, a total of twenty five students have graduated with a double major in industrial hygiene and general chemistry and one with a major solely in industrial hygiene. Nineteen of these graduates currently hold positions in the field of environmental health and safety. From these, thirteen have been employed by local industry in the North Alabama region. Seven of the UNA graduates (since 1998-99) have applied and been accepted at graduate school programs.
Education; Training; Industrial-hygiene; Industrial-hygiene-programs; Industrial-hygienists; Occupational-health; Occupational-medicine; Occupational-health-programs; Occupational-medicine-programs
Department of Chemistry and Industrial Hygiene, University of North Alabama, Florence, Alabama 35632
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Department of Chemistry and Industrial Hygiene, University of North Alabama, Florence, Alabama