The Rutgers School of Public Health, Center for Public Health Workforce Development is the proud recipient of its ninth consecutive U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (DOL-OSHA) Susan Harwood Training Program Grant (SH05026HS8). Dr. Koshy Koshy, assistant professor in environmental and health science, is the Principal Investigator.
Through this grant, the Center will develop and provide training sessions dedicated to the control of respirable crystalline silica hazards in construction. Approximately 500 construction employers and workers in New York and New Jersey will be trained through this program.
“Airborne silica dust does not discriminate; once created, without control, such particulates escape and migrate causing harm to many,” states Dr. Koshy. “This program opens an opportunity to raise awareness and encourage regulatory compliance of health related hazards and reinforces OSHA’s dual quest to protect the “safety” and “health” of America’s workforce, not just “safety” alone.”
Annually, the Rutgers School of Public Health, Center for Public Health Workforce Development (CPHWD) trains over 3,000 students in the recognition, avoidance and prevention of environmental and occupational safety and health hazards. These training and educational courses include professional certifications in fields, such as asbestos, hazardous waste and material management, and lead abatement, along with professional development and continuing educational courses in other occupational safety and health areas.
Drs. Megan Rockafellow Baldoni, Mitchel Rosen, and Derek Shendell are collaborates on the grant along with Center staff instructors Mr. Hassim Mohammed and Mr. Michael Presutti.
Visit the Rutgers School of Public Health Center for Workforce Development website for more information.