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March 19, 2013
NIOSH grant strengthens Virginia Tech grad program

Virginia Tech will use a 5-year, $471,000 grant from NIOSH to expand its graduate education program in construction-related safety and health. The university’s Center for Innovation in Construction Safety and Health and the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering have been involved in OSH research and education for the past 35 years. The departments have received NIOSH funding since 1992.

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According to the university, the new award will expand education and training offerings for those seeking careers in safety and health, particularly in the construction sector. Virginia Tech provides coursework and experience in occupational safety, industrial hygiene, prevention through design, ergonomics, and other areas. The construction offering is a specialty track within the human factors engineering graduate program.

Faculty from the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering partnered with faculty from Virginia Tech Myers-Lawson School of Construction on the new offering.

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