Extramural Workforce Development: Training Project Grants

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Background and Purpose

Work-related injuries and illnesses have a significant public health impact, and part of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)’s mission is to train the next generation of occupational safety and health (OSH) practitioners and researchers. The National Assessment of the Occupational Safety and Health Workforce documents a significant shortfall in the supply of trained OSH professionals to meet current and future demand in the United States. The report provides evidence of the continued need to support OSH training and education in the core and allied OSH disciplines.

The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 mandates that NIOSH provide an adequate supply of qualified personnel to carry out the purposes of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. NIOSH Training Project Grants (TPGs) have a key role in helping meet this mandate and contribute to the Institute’s core mission of providing national and world leadership to prevent workplace illnesses and injuries.

The purpose of this program is to support NIOSH TPGs, to address the burden of OSH in the United States by providing state-of-the-art training for the next generation of leaders in OSH practice and research. Recent work by Felknor, et al (2020) speaks to the ‘rapid and profound changes in the future of work that will have significant implication for the education and training of OSH professionals and the workforce’.  NIOSH’s network of TPGs is critical in developing OSH professionals prepared to respond to the changing nature of work. These changes are the inevitable result of technological advances, globalization, new and emerging risks, climate change, and occupational health disparities associated with the changing demographics of the US workforce.

TPGs provide well-trained graduates to meet the demand for a professional OSH workforce for federal, state, and local government agencies, not-for-profit agencies, industry, agriculture, business, healthcare, worker advocacy groups, and labor organizations.  TPGs help meet our nation’s need for skilled, knowledgeable practitioners and researchers in OSH and enhance diversity and inclusion in the OSH workforce.

Training Project Grants

Training Project Grant Descriptions

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