SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE

Program Goals

Two construction workers standing outside of a truck

The Small Business Assistance Program seeks to reduce occupational injuries and illnesses in smaller businesses across all industries. To do this work, the program intersects with several sector and cross-sector programs within the NIOSH Program Portfolio. Ten sector programs represent industrial sectors, and seven cross-sector programs are organized around health and safety outcomes. Small Business Assistance is one of numerous core and specialty programs that represent core activities, mandates, special emphasis areas, and methodological approaches. The sector programs intersect with cross-sector programs in a matrix-like fashion, with relevant core and specialty programs playing a supporting role.

This approach allows multiple programs to work towards accomplishing the shared research goals in the NIOSH Strategic Plan. Many of the goals highlight research needed to improve occupational safety and health for workers in small businesses, defined as businesses with 50 or fewer employees. Smaller businesses often have fewer resources to devote to occupational safety and health because face a riskier economic environment and have greater financial limitations than larger businesses. The Small Business Assistance Program focuses on the industry sectors that have the high proportion of small businesses, and contributes to the following goals:

Table
Sector Intermediate Goal
Construction Reducing:
Services Reducing:

Improving:

Oil and Gas Extraction Reducing:
Wholesale and Retail Trade Reducing:

Improving:

Manufacturing Reducing:
Page last reviewed: January 9, 2019