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 courses covered in the training include recognition, avoidance, and prevention of mental health stressors. John Newquist, an OSHA-authorized outreach trainer, will lead these training sessions. The courses will be provided in various formats such as 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.
Individuals interested in learning more about these training opportunities can visit niu.edu/nsec/course-schedules or osha.gov/sites/default/files for more information on how to sign up for the course they desire