Northern Illinois University (NIU) has secured a $158,531 Susan Harwood Federal Safety Health Training Grant to improve workplace safety and health training. The aim of the grant is to provide mental health and suicide prevention training to employers and employees, with a focus on small businesses and at-risk construction and general industry workers.
The training sessions will cover topics such as recognition, avoidance, and mental health stressor prevention. These courses will be led by John Newquist, an OSHA-authorized outreach trainer and will range from two to four hours in length. They will be available through NIU’s continuing and professional education unit and the National Safety Education Center in face-to-face, virtual, and on-site delivery formats.
NIU’s Continuing and Professional Education offers non-credit, professional development, and certification prep courses in partnership with OSHA. This partnership allows for the provision of high-quality occupational safety and health training to workers, supervisors, and employers across various industries.
The National Safety Education Center at Northern Illinois University is an OSHA training institute education center that provides occupational safety and health training to professionals in both the public and private sectors. With this grant funding, NIU’s National Safety Education Center aims to expand its offerings to include more comprehensive mental health training for all employees.
For more information about NIU’s continuing education opportunities or the National Safety Education Center’s course schedules, visit niu.edu/nsec/course-schedules or osha.gov/sites/default/files.