Sending Office: Honorable Peter Welch
Sent By: Mark.Fowler@mail.house.gov

Deadline to Sign: Friday, March 22 COB

Dear Colleague:

Please join us in supporting occupational safety and health funding for Fiscal Year 2020.

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$B!G(Bs Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety. The Agriculture, Forestry
and Fishing Program (AFF) is the only substantive federal effort to meet the obligation to ensure safe working conditions for workers in one of our nation$B!G(Bs 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 Chairwoman DeLauro and Ranking Member Cole 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 FY20 Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations bill.  If you have any questions or would like to sign the letter, please contact
mark.fowler@mail.house.gov (Welch),
Jesse.vonStein@mail.house.gov (Young), or
Maria.Costigan@mail.house.gov (Courtney).

 

Sincerely,

 

PETER WELCH                           DON YOUNG                              JOE COURTNEY                    

Member of Congress                    Member of Congress                    Member of Congress

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Chairwoman Rosa DeLauro                                               Ranking Member Tom Cole
House Appropriations Subcommittee on                          House Appropriation Subcommittee on
Labor, HHS, Education                                                     Labor, HHS, Education
Washington, DC 20515                                                     Washington, DC 20515

 

Dear Chairwoman DeLauro and Ranking Member Cole:

We are writing to respectfully request that the Fiscal Year 2020 Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations bill include at least $346.3 million for the National Institute for
Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and within that amount at least a $2 million increase over the fiscal year 2019 level for the Education and Research Centers (ERCs), the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (AFF) Program and the Total Worker Health Program.
NIOSH supports 18 university-based Education and Research Centers in 17 states, ten regional Centers for Agricultural Disease and Injury Research, Education, and Prevention, and a National Children$B!G(Bs Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety, and
six Total Worker Health Centers.

Annually, 2.8 million workers are seriously injured on the job with one third of those workers requiring time off. Each day, 14 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 29 times more likely to die on the job than workers in other industries. In addition, agricultural injuries cost
the U.S. an estimated $7.6 billion in medical and lost productivity costs. The AFF Program serves as a resource for agricultural safety and health and works closely with major agricultural industries, including the forestry and fishing sectors, to understand
related health risks, develop and evaluate interventions, and build capacity to address health and safety needs of agricultural businesses.  The NIOSH AFF program aims to protect vulnerable workers in this sector in addition to providing leadership in applied
research, disease and injury surveillance, education, and prevention.  The AFF program is the only substantive federal program working to ensure safe working conditions for 5.5 million workers in some of our Nation$B!G(Bs most dangerous and important production
sectors.

Total Worker Health (TWH) is a comprehensive approach designed to protect the safety and health and to advance the overall well-being of workers.  NIOSH funds six Centers of Excellence
for TWH 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, conduct and disseminate scientific, evidence-based research and practices with the goal of improving the overall safety, health, well-being and the productivity of the American workforce. The TWH Centers are an
investment in the American economy that work to help businesses and communities reduce the impact and cost of injuries and illness.

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$B!G(Bs workforce by providing
at least $346.3 million for NIOSH, including at least a $2 million increase over the fiscal year 2019 level for the ERCs, AFF Program, and the TWH Program in the FY 2020 Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations bill.

Sincerely,

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