About the ERCs
Through the 18 university-based ERCs across the US, NIOSH supports 87 interdisciplinary graduate degree programs and research training in the occupational safety and health core areas of industrial hygiene, occupational health nursing, occupational medicine, and occupational safety, plus specialized areas relevant to the occupational safety and health field. Graduates are employed in professional positions in institutions including: businesses, industries, academia, government agencies, labor organizations, health agencies, and health care facilities. Each ERC also has a vigorous continuing education program for occupational safety and health professionals and others with worker health and safety responsibilities. These programs assure rapid transfer of the newest information to improve worker health and safety to the workplace.
The ERCs have a unique mission: Address occupational safety and health professional practice and research training in an inter-disciplinary environment. This results in cross-fertilization that directly impacts safety and health practice in the workplace.
ERCs provide reviewed, accredited educational programs and undertake projects that focus on solving real problems and then transfer solutions to the workplace, following the NIOSH research to practice (r2p) initiative. The ERCs play a significant role regionally and nationally in moving newly documented best practices to the workplace to reduce or eliminate workplace injuries, illnesses, and deaths. ERCs are the regional and national resource on occupational safety and health issues for business, labor, government, and the public.
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