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National skill standards for workers.

Palassis J; Schulte P; Haring Sweeney M
American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition, May 20-25, 2000, Orlando, Florida. Fairfax, VA: American Industrial Hygiene Association, 2000 May; :5
The National Skills Standards Board (NSSB) was established by Congress (Public Law 103-227) to address the future needs of a fast-changing technology and to keep the United States competitive in a global economy. Subsequently, NSSB established guidelines for voluntary, nationwide, unified national skill standards for use in education and the workplace. The standards can be used by employers, employees, communities, teachers, students, and state and federal agencies. Although the majority of the standards address competency in specific technical areas, occupational health and safety is an integral part of each standard. The standards are being developed through "voluntary partnerships" of labor, industry, academia, and government. NIOSH formed a voluntary partnership with NSSB and is working to ensure that occupational health and safety factors are integrated into the national skill standards. The first standards developed are for the manufacturing sector representing the largest U.S. economic sector in terms of employees, and the first of 15 sectors that divide the U.S. economy. High schools, community colleges, universities, union, trade, and apprenticeship schools may choose to upgrade their curricula and instructional methods to meet the high level of competencies of the national skill standards. Workers meeting the criteria and competencies, which include occupational health and safety, will be able to take written and skill tests and receive certification in their trade. The training and academic institutions that meet the high requirements of the national skill standards, consequently, will have to increase their emphasis in occupational health and safety. As a result, workers entering the workplace will be knowledgeable about health and safety practices. We expect that the National Skill Standards to contribute to a reduction in the number of occupational injuries, illnesses, and deaths in the United States.
Workers; Work-performance; Work-analysis; Work-capability; Standards; Education; Training; Task-performance; Teaching; Occupational-health-programs; Occupational-safety-programs; Industrial-environment; Industrial-health-programs; Industrial-safety-programs; Work-practices; Safety-practices; Health-standards
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American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition, May 20-25, 2000, Orlando, Florida
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