Northern Illinois University (NIU) has received 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 focus on small businesses and hard-to-reach, at-risk construction and general industry workers.
The training sessions will cover topics such as recognition, avoidance, and mental health stressor prevention. The 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 offered through NIU’s continuing and professional education unit in partnership with the National Safety Education Center (NSEC). NIU’s Continuing and Professional Education provides non-credit, professional development, and certification prep courses. NSEC is an OSHA training institute education center that offers 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.