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Rutgers: Faculty Examines Continuing Education Needs and Interests of Occupational Safety and Health Professionals

Rutgers School of Public Health Assistant Professor, Dr. Mitchel Rosen, along with his colleagues, has found that continuing education (CE) needs of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) professionals are evolving.

The study, which recently appeared in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, surveyed OSH professionals and tracked their CE needs.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health‐funded Education and Research Centers collectively developed and distributed an internet‐based survey to the OSH workforce. The survey was used to determine the needs and interest of OSH professionals. A total of 2,064 OSH professionals submitted responses.

The results showed that the majority of respondents (61 percent) reported that they perform work activities outside of those associated with their primary OSH profession. The highest area of CE interest was safety, with high interest in areas such as, legal, compliance, risk management, OSH management, risk communication, and accident prevention.

Developing relevant, tailored, and cross‐cutting courses using a variety of instructional design methods ranging from asynchronous online courses to live, in‐person training events, is critically important to the safety of OSH professionals.

Dr. Joshua Scott, the study’s lead author, is an assistant professor at the Colorado School of Public Health and Mountains and Plains Education and Research Center.

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