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NIU Secures Grant to Improve Workplace Safety and Health Training with Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Focus on Small Businesses and At-Risk Workers


Feb 11, 2024
NIU awarded grant for training in workplace safety and health – Shaw Local

Northern Illinois University (NIU) has secured a $158,531 Susan Harwood Federal Safety Health Training Grant to improve workplace safety and health training. The grant aims to provide mental health and suicide prevention training to employers and employees, with a particular focus on small businesses and hard-to-reach, at-risk construction and general industry workers.

The training topics covered in the sessions will include recognition, avoidance, and mental health stressor prevention. The training courses will be led by John Newquist, an OSHA-authorized outreach trainer, and will range from two to four hours in length. These sessions will be available in face-to-face, virtual, and on-site delivery formats.

All of these courses and training opportunities will be provided through the university’s continuing and professional education unit and the National Safety Education Center. NIU’s Continuing and Professional Education offers non-credit, professional development, and certification prep courses in partnership with OSHA to provide training courses.

The National Safety Education Center at Northern Illinois University is an OSHA training institute education center that provides occupational safety and health training to workers, supervisors, and employers in both the public and private sectors. For more information about the training courses provided by NIU’s National Safety Education Center, visit niu.edu/nsec/course-schedules or osha.gov/sites/default/files.

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