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Harvard Receives $1.8 Million Grant for Worker Safety

Harvard School of Public Health’s Education and Research Center (ERC) for Occupational Safety and Health has been awarded a five-year, $1.8 million per year grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The renewal of this sustaining grant represents the center’s continued success in competing for funding since its inception in 1977, and will enable the continuation of important work both in training occupational safety and health professionals and in conducting research on a wide variety of occupational health problems. “The NIOSH grant’s degree-granting training aspect, which accounts for more than 60 percent of the ERC budget, is extremely important in helping us train professionals who can work both on the research side and also do real-world hazard assessment and intervention,” said Dr. David Christiani, Center director and Elkan Blout Professor of Environmental Genetics. Such training is critical, he added, because, “given the size of the American workforce – roughly 155 million – the number of professionals trained to deal with workforce health comes up pretty short.”