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  • Congress Urged to Maintain NIOSH Funding for FY 2018 at FY 2016 Level

    April 11, 2017

    The Honorable Roy Blunt
    Chairman, Subcommittee on Labor, Health & Human Services, Education, & Related Agencies
    Committee on Appropriations
    U.S. Senate
    Washington, DC 20510

    The Honorable Patty Murray
    Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, & Related Agencies
    Committee on Appropriations
    U.S. Senate
    Washington, DC 20510

    The Honorable Tom Cole
    Chairman, Subcommittee on Labor, Health & Human Services, Education, & Related Agencies
    Committee on Appropriations
    U.S. House of Representatives
    Washington, DC 20515

    The Honorable Rosa DeLauro
    Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Labor, Health & Human Services, Education, & Related Agencies
    Committee on Appropriations
    U.S. House of Representatives
    Washington, DC 20515

    Dear Chairman Blunt, Ranking Member Murray, Chairman Cole and Ranking Member DeLauro:

    As Congress considers funding priorities for Fiscal Year 2018, the Friends of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health strongly urges you to include at least the Fiscal Year 2016 level of $339.121 million for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

    The Friends of NIOSH is a coalition of industry, labor, professional, education and scientific organizations that are dedicated to research and prevention of occupational injuries and illness and committed to the training of occupational health and safety professionals. Our broad coalition of stakeholders understands the value of research, education and occupational illness prevention from many perspectives, including the labor, academic and business communities.

    NIOSH understands these needs and has developed programs like the Education and Research Centers (ERCs), the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing Program (AFF), and the Healthier Workforce Centers to protect the health and safety of America’s workforce. NIOSH has also developed a robust research program -– National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) -- to apply the tools of science to improving workplace health and safety. The elimination of any of these programs, would limit the ability of workers to avoid exposures that can result in injury or illnesses, push back improved working conditions, eliminate occupational safety and health educational services to U.S. businesses, and ultimately raise health care costs.

    NIOSH is the primary federal agency responsible for conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related illness and injury. NIOSH provides national and world leadership to avert workplace illness, injury, disability, and death by gathering information, conducting scientific research, and translating this knowledge into products and services. NIOSH supports programs in every state to improve the health and safety of workers.

    The health and safety of the American workforce is a shared goal of all of our organizations. Many of our members are employed in high risk occupations. Rather than accept that working requires individuals to place their health and wellbeing at risk, we believe strongly that all occupations can be made safer through research, education and training.

    In order to maintain the health and safety of the American workforce, we ask that you include at least the Fiscal Year 2016 level of funding for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in the Fiscal Year 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations bill. Thank you for your consideration of this request.

    Sincerely,

    1. AgriSafe Network
    2. Agri-Services Agency LLC
    3. Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America (ASHCA)
    4. Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA)
    5. Alpha Technology USA Corp
    6. American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN)
    7. American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM)
    8. American Industrial Hygiene Association
    9. American Industrial Hygiene Association -- Chicago Section
    10. American Industrial Hygiene Association -- Florida Local Section
    11. American Nurses Association
    12. American Occupational Therapy Association
    13. American Public Health Association
    14. American Seafoods Company
    15. American Society of Safety Engineers
    16. American Thoracic Society
    17. Arkansas Farm Bureau
    18. Arkansas Timber Producers Association
    19. Associates in Occupational + Environmental Health, LLC
    20. Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare (AOHP)
    21. Association of University Programs in Occupational Health and Safety
    22. Atlantic OSHA Training Center, Universidad Metropolitana, San Juan, Puerto Rico
    23. Aurora Industrial Hygiene
    24. Aurora Organic Dairy
    25. Bassett Healthcare Network
    26. Boise State University, School of Allied Health Sciences, Environmental &
    Occupational Health Program
    27. California State Association of Occupational Health Nurses
    28. California El Camino Real Association of Occupational Health Nurses (CECRAOHN)
    29. California Industrial Hygiene Council
    30. Center for Occupational & Environmental Health, University of California, Irvine
    31. Center for Occupational & Environmental Health, University of California, LA
    32. Center for Occupational & Environmental Health, University of California, Davis
    33. Central Appalachian Regional Education and Research Center
    34. Central Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Health Physics Society
    35. Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (CS-CASH)
    36. College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Oregon State University
    37. Colorado Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers
    38. Colorado Livestock Association
    39. Colorado School of Public Health OEM Residency Program
    40. Colorado State University
    41. Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
    42. Colorado State University, Office of the Vice President for Research
    43. Communications Workers of America
    44. Culinary Health Fund
    45. Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
    46. Deep South Center for Occupational Health and Safety
    47. Dept. Environmental & Occupational Health, Colorado School of Public Health
    48. Dept. Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington
    49. Dept. Environmental Health Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham School
    of Public Health
    50. Dept. Environmental & Radiological Health Sciences, Colorado State University
    51. Dimensions in Occupational Health & Safety, Inc.
    52. Division of OEM, Dept. Preventive Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mt Sinai
    53. Doisy College of Health Sciences, Saint Louis University
    54. Empire State Forest Products Association
    55. Environmental & Occupational Medicine & Epidemiology Program, Harvard T.H. Chan
    School of Public Health
    56. Ergonomic Technologies Corp
    57. Emergency Safety Instruction 2001
    58. Environmental Health & Safety Associates
    59. Evergreen Safety Council
    60. Farm Family Insurance
    61. Fishing Partnership Support Services
    62. Finishing Trades Institute Northwest (FTINW)
    63. Good Old Lower East Side Inc. (GOLES)
    64. Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health
    65. Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies, University of Washington
    66. Harvard Education and Research Center for Occupational Health and Safety
    67. Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Center for Work, Health, & Wellbeing
    68. Health Sciences Associates
    69. Heartland Center for Occupational Health and Safety
    70. High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health and Safety
    71. Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES)
    72. Iowa’s Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (I-CASH)
    73. Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
    74. International Association of Fire Fighters
    75. International Chemical Workers Union Council (ICWUC)
    76. Intrinsik Environmental Sciences (US) Inc.
    77. Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy
    78. Johns Hopkins Education & Research Center for Occupational Safety and Health
    79. Labor Occupational Health Program, Center for OEH, UC Berkeley
    80. Laborers' Health and Safety Fund of North America
    81. Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH)
    82. Midwest Consortium for Hazardous Waste Worker Training
    83. Migrant Clinicians Network
    84. Minnesota Association of Occupational Health Nurses
    85. Montana Tech School of Mines and Engineering
    86. Mount Sinai Selikoff Centers for Occupational Health
    87. Mountain and Plains Education and Research Center
    88. National Center for Farmworker Health, Inc.
    89. National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Safety and Health
    90. National Council for Occupational Safety and Health
    91. National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS)
    92. National Farm Medicine Center, Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation
    93. National Safety Council
    94. Nationwide Insurance
    95. New Belgium Brewing Company
    96. New England College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (NECOEM)
    97. New Solutions: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy
    98. New York New Jersey Education and Research Center
    99. The New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health
    100. New York Farm Bureau
    101. New York State Nurses Association
    102. NMSU Dairy Extension
    103. Northeast Center Occupational Health & Safety: Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing
    104. Northeast Iowa Association of Occupational Health Nurses
    105. NorthEast New York Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (NENYCOSH)
    106. North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health and Education and Research Center
    107. North Dakota State University Extension Service
    108. Northern California Center for OEH, Univ. of California, Berkeley, Davis, & SF
    109. Northwest Green Chemistry
    110. OAI, Inc.-Opportunity, Advancement, Innovation in Workforce Development
    111. Occupational & Environmental Health & Safety Education/Research Center, UIC (IL)
    112. OEM Residency Program, University of California, Irvine
    113. Office of Public Health Practice, Rutgers School of Public Health
    114. Old Dominion University Department of Psychology
    115. OSHA Training Institute Education Center at the University of South Florida
    116. Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center
    117. Pacific Northwest Section of the American Industrial Hygiene Association
    118. Penn State Agricultural Safety and Health Program
    119. Pinnacol Assurance
    120. Puget Sound Shipbuilders Association (PSSA)
    121. Rocky Mountain Academy of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
    122. Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (RMCOEH)
    123. Rutgers School of Public Health
    124. School of Health Sciences, College of Health & Human Sciences, Purdue University
    125. School of Occupational Therapy- University of Western Ontario
    126. Seattle Fishermen’s Memorial
    127. Sentis Inc., USA
    128. SMART Association
    129. South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension
    130. Southeast Center for Agricultural Health and Injury Prevention
    131. Southern Calif. Education & Research Center, University of CA/LA & Irvine
    132. Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health
    133. Sunshine Education and Research Center at the University of South Florida
    134. The University of Findlay, Environmental, Safety & Occupational Health Programs
    135. UTHealth School of Public Health
    136. Unite HERE Health Fund
    137. UNITE HERE International Union
    138. University of California, Irvine Occupational Medicine Residency Program
    139. University of Cincinnati Education and Research Center
    140. University of Iowa College of Public Health
    141. University of Iowa Healthier Workforce Center of Excellence
    142. University of Kentucky College of Public Health
    143. University of Michigan Center for Occupational Health and Safety Engineering
    144. University of Minnesota Div. of Environ. Health Sciences School of Public Health
    145. University of Minnesota, Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety
    (MCOHS) Education and Research Center (ERC)
    146. University of Minnesota School of Public Health
    147. University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health
    148. University of Pittsburgh Department of Occupational Therapy
    149. University of Washington, College of Built Environments
    150. University of Washington School of Public Health
    151. Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center
    152. USW local 9231
    153. Washington State Apprenticeship Coordinators Association (WSACA)
    154. WCF Insurance
    155. Western Center for Agricultural Health & Safety
    156. Western Occupational & Environmental Medical Association (WOEMA)
    157. Workers Compensation Fund (Utah)
    158. Worksafe Iowa