The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) Foundation and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) are entering into a collaborative partnership to protect the safety and health of our nation’s young workers.

The signing of a new five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) took place at NIOSH offices in Washington D.C., October 1st.

Young workers, who often have limited or no prior work experience and lack safety training, have high rates of job related injury when compared to their adult co-workers. To address this public health problem, NIOSH and the BCSP Foundation seek to develop and disseminate a comprehensive, online workplace safety and health training.

The training will be available free of charge and used in conjunction with high school career development courses, CTE (career technical education), STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) pathways, and apprenticeship programs.

The new training will expand on “[email protected]: Talking Safety,” a foundational curriculum from NIOSH and partners for middle school and high school students to promote core competencies for workplace safety and health, such as the ability to recognize hazards in a work environment and the best methods for controlling them.

“NIOSH has a long history of collaboration with the BCSP. This new partnership with the BCSP Foundation allows us to extend our work and share a vision for preparing current and future generations of workers with the knowledge and skills they need to contribute to and benefit from safe, healthy and productive workplaces,” said NIOSH Director John Howard, MD.

The partnership between NIOSH and the BCSP Foundation will involve outreach to educators, high school counselors, businesses, labor organizations, and trades. NIOSH and the BCSP Foundation will also work together to develop an assessment tool for online training, analyze student assessment data, and evaluate the effectiveness of the training to increase young workers’ safety competence.

The joint activities between NIOSH and the BCSP Foundation are striving to gain reduction in injuries among young workers and help ensure the health and well-being of the emerging workforce.

More information on young worker safety and health is at: and More information on the NIOSH young worker curriculum, [email protected] WorkTalking Safety, can be found at

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