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Please join us in supporting occupational safety and health funding for Fiscal Year 2019.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is the primary federal agency responsible for conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related illness and injury. NIOSH provides leadership to avert workplace
illness, injury, disability, and death and supports programs to improve the health and safety of workers. Through 18 university-based Education and Research Centers (ERCs) in 17 states, NIOSH trains thousands of occupational safety and health professionals
to minimize the dangers faced by workers.
Agricultural safety and health has been an important focus of NIOSH for more than 20 years. Congress designated NIOSH to lead a comprehensive national effort to prevent occupational injuries in the agricultural sector. NIOSH funds 10 regional Centers for
Agricultural Disease and Injury Research, Education, and Prevention, as well as the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety. The Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing Program (AFF) is the only substantive federal effort to meet
the obligation to ensure safe working conditions for workers in one of our nation’s largest and most vital production sectors.
The concept of Total Worker Health (TWH) seeks to combine practices that improve workplace health and safety with those that promote worker health more broadly and comprehensively.NIOSH funds six Centers of Excellence to conduct research on the concepts
of Total Worker Health. The Centers advance knowledge by building the scientific evidence base through research and practice that aims to improve the overall safety, health, and well-being of the diverse population of workers in our nation.
We invite you to join us in sending this letter to Chairman Cole and Ranking Member DeLauro requesting funding for the NIOSH Education and Research Centers (ERCs), the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing Program (AFF), and the Total Worker Health Program in
the FY19 Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations bill.
To sign onto the letter, please contact Mark Fowler in Rep. Welch’s office at
PETER WELCH JOHN FASO JOE COURTNEY
Member of Congress Member of Congress Member of congress
Chairman Tom Cole Ranking Member Rosa DeLauro
House Appropriations Subcommittee on House Appropriation Subcommittee on
Labor, HHS, Education Labor, HHS, Education
Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20515
Dear Chairman Cole and Ranking Member DeLauro:
We are writing to respectfully request that the Fiscal Year 2019 Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations bill include at least $339.121 million (FY16 level) for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and within that amount
no less than the FY17 level for the Total Worker Health Program, $25.5 million for the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (AFF) Program, and $29 million for the Education and Research Centers (ERCs). NIOSH supports 18 university-based Education and Research
Centers in 17 states, ten regional Centers for Agricultural Disease and Injury Research, Education, and Prevention, and a National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety, and six Total Worker Health Centers.
Annually, nearly 3 million workplace injuries are reported by private sector employers. Each day, 12 workers die from an injury suffered at work, and 145 people die from work-related diseases. The mission of the ERCs is to reduce these work-related injuries
through research, training and programs to improve occupational health and safety. Collectively, the ERCs provide training and research resources to every Public Health Region in the United States.
Workers in the agriculture, forestry, and fishing industries are up to 38 times more likely to die on the job than workers in other industries. In addition, agricultural injuries cost the U.S. an estimated $7.6 billion in medical and lost productivity costs.
The AFF Program serves as a resource for agricultural safety and health and works closely with major agricultural industries, including the forestry and fishing sectors, to understand related health risks, develop and evaluate interventions, and build capacity
to address health and safety needs of agricultural businesses. The NIOSH AFF program aims to protect vulnerable workers in this sector in addition to providing leadership in applied research, disease and injury surveillance, education, and prevention. The
AFF program is the only substantive federal program working to ensure safe working conditions for 5.5 million workers in some of our Nation’s most dangerous and important production sectors.
The concept of Total Worker Health (TWH) seeks to combine practices that improve workplace health and safety with those that promote worker health more broadly and comprehensively. NIOSH funds six Centers of Excellence for Total Worker Health that complete
multidisciplinary research, intervention, outreach and education, and evaluation activities advancing the overall safety, health, and well-being of the diverse population of workers in our nation. The TWH Centers, along with their partners in government, business,
labor, and community are the conduits for research-to-practice effort that hold promise to impact the health and productivity of the American worker.
We urge you to recognize the important contribution of NIOSH, including the ERCs, the AFF Program, and the TWH Program to the health and productivity of our nation’s workforce by providing at least $339.121 million for NIOSH, including the FY17 level for
the AFF Program, the ERCs, and the TWH Program in the FY 2019 Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations bill.
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