Program to Help Improve Occupational Health and Safety for Workforce
HELENA, MT-The Montana Department of Labor & Industry recently received a multiyear grant from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), in participation with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to develop a state occupational health and safety surveillance program. The cooperative agreement award will provide a one-year grant in the amount of $110,000 that is renewable for up to five years.
“Workplace safety is a high priority of the Department of Labor & Industry,” said Labor Commissioner, Pam Bucy. “The data gathered from this program will help ensure Montana’s workforce goes home safely each night to their families.”
The funding will be used to promote three primary activities that together can provide valuable information and lead to safer workplaces across the state. These activities include:
- Collecting, reporting and analyzing NIOSH Occupational Health Indicators as a baseline for workplace safety improvements.
- Using indicators to further analyze trends for occupational health.
- Monitoring the occupational health and safety landscape to reveal areas in need of more in-depth surveillance, guide research and prevention efforts.
The grant also focuses on building interagency collaborations between the Department of Labor & Industry and the Department of Public Health and Human Services to improve the quantity and quality of occupational safety data.
“We’re ready to engage with the Department of Public Health and Human Services to improve safety across the board,” said Bucy. “These types of partnerships are what moves Montana forward and protects our employees and businesses. Being able to involve more stakeholders provides more avenues for information to reach our respective agencies.”
The Montana Department of Labor & Industry exists to promote and protect the well-being of Montana’s workers, employers and citizens, and to uphold their rights and responsibilities.
For more information about this or other activities from the Department of Labor & Industry, please visit dli.mt.gov.