Worker Training Program


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 60% of the nation's population makes up the U.S. workforce – approximately 200 million people. Occupational safety is one of the most crucial, yet generally understated, forms of public health.

The NIEHS Worker Training Program (WTP) provides occupational health and safety training for workers who face risk of exposure to physical, chemical, radiological, and biological hazards. Workers encounter these hazards when handling or cleaning up hazardous or biological waste; responding to emergency releases of hazardous materials; or responding to natural or manmade disasters. Depending on the nature of their work, some workers also face psychological stressors that impact their mental health and well-being.

WTP uses current, evidence-based science when assessing the broad range of risks that workers face. In doing so, WTP aims to provide the most accurate, updated information to protect the health of workers, as well as their colleagues, families, and communities.

To receive news and updates on worker safety issues, subscribe to the weekly E-Newsbrief which is maintained by WTP's National Clearinghouse for Worker Safety and Health Training.