Northern Illinois University has been awarded a $158,531 Susan Harwood Federal Safety Health Training Grant. The grant will promote education, workplace safety, and health training, with a focus on mental health and suicide prevention. These training opportunities will be available to small businesses, as well as construction and general industry workers who are at risk and harder to reach.
The topics covered in the training include recognition, avoidance, and prevention of mental health stressors. The courses will be led by John Newquist, an OSHA-authorized outreach trainer. Training sessions will be available in various formats, including face-to-face, virtual, and on-site delivery, with sessions ranging from two to four hours in length.
These courses are provided through the university’s continuing and professional education unit and the National Safety Education Center. The university’s Continuing and Professional Education offers non-credit professional development and certification-preparation courses, as well as partnering with OSHA to provide training courses. The National Safety Education Center is an OSHA training institute education center that offers occupational safety and health training to public and private sector workers, supervisors, and employers.
For more information about these training opportunities, individuals can visit niu.edu/nsec/course-schedules or osha.gov/sites/default/files.