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ERCs
Long-Standing Success Still Threatened

The good news is that the final FY2014 federal budget included an increase for the ERC.  The bad news is that  President’s proposed FY15 budget, beginning October 1, 2014, terminates the ERCs (as well as the NIOSH centers devoted to agriculture, forestry and fishing) for the fourth time in a row. All NIOSH support of the academic programs and continuing education efforts will cease at the University of Cincinnati July 2014, and the other ERCs, if this part of his proposed budget is passed.

I. What's New
II. Background
III. University of Cincinnati
IV. A Rebuttal Has Been Prepared to Balance the President's Justification
V. Testimonials
VI. What Can I Do?
VII. What Else is the ERC Doing?
VIII. Past Updates
IX. Archives

 

I. What's New

April 9, 2014

A 2012 graduate from Occupational Nursing Program applies knowledge and skills learned as an ERC student by working as a case manager for in the corporate head quarters of a chemical company.  
View the testimonial here

An Occupational Hygiene MS student assesses noise and its impact on nurses health
View testimonial by Dr. Daraiseh, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital here

ERC faculty in the Occupational Safety and Engineering Program develop nanomaterials and create jobs .
View testimonial by Drs. Schulz and Shanov here

 

II. Background

In 1970, the following was enacted by Congress:

"The secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, after consultation with the Secretary and with other appropriate Federal Departments and agencies shall conduct, directly or by grants or contracts (1) educational programs to provide an adequate supply of qualified personnel to carry out the purpose of this Act, and (2) informational programs..."

                                                                                    Section 21(a), PL91-956

This language resulted in stronger and new programs in occupational safety and health across the country. Today, 17 ERCs are funded by the NIOSH in accordance with this legislative mandate. 

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III. University of Cincinnati

The University of Cincinnati was in the first group of schools funded as ERCs in 1977, building on established programs in the Department of Environmental Health. Currently, the UC ERC provides on-campus graduate education in the four core disciplines (Occupational Health Nursing, Occupational Hygiene, Occupational Medicine Residency, Occupational Safety and Health Engineering), two allied programs (Biomonitoring and Hazardous Substances) and Continuing Education for practitioners.

The ERC brings together faculty and students in the Colleges of Engineering and Applied Science, Medicine and Nursing.

Graduates strive daily to reduce the toll of injury and illness on US workers

4,547 workplace fatalities per year, or more than 12 each day*

3.1 million recordable cases of injury and illnesses per year, or 8,393 each day*

By injury category, the top three*:

  • 933,200 cases involved sprains/strains/tears

  • 185,270 cases involved back injury

  • 208,470 cases involved a fall

This burden costs industry and citizens $4.8 billion each week**

*Source: 2010, www.bls.gov, **Source: The Milbank Quarterly

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IV. Details on President’s FY14 Budget


The President’s FY15 budget was released on March 3, 2014. The budget includes $281 million for Occupational Safety and Health programs, $52 million below FY 2012. The Budget continues targeted reductions including termination of the Education and Research Centers and the Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing Program within the National Occupational Research Agenda, see

http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/budget/fy2015/assets/ccs.pdf

Similar to last year, there was no specific justification. The justification and rebuttal for the FY12 and FY13 budget cycles can be found below in section IX. Archives.

 

 

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V. Testimonials

Occupational Nursing 2012 graduate applies skills in corporate headquarters

An Occupational Hygiene MS student assesses noise and its impact on nurses health

ERC faculty in the Occupational Safety and Engineering Program develop nanomaterials and create jobs

ERC students collaborate to reduce heat stress among firefighters

Laboratory Safety Training for Cincinnati Public Schools

Cincinnati Health Department - Working with the community in Health Impact Assessment

Preventing Injury through Design--a 2011 Occupational Safety and Health Engineering Graduate applies skills immediately

Cincinnati Health Department: Growing Capacity in a Learning Environment

Cincinnati School Partnership: children learn about what is monitored in outdoor air.

Occupational Hygiene 2010 graduate saves employer $93,000 in first year

Occupational Hygiene and Occupational Medicine Residency graduates team up to reduce exposures and costs at production facility.

Occupational Medicine Residents Improve Business, Reduce Costs.

Occupational Safety Engineering Principles Save Dollars for Industry, US..

Occupational Hygiene Graduate Get Job Quickly and Reduce Costs.

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VI. What can I Do?

Participate!

Write to Senators and Representatives:

  1. Use the 'fax' template to write to decision makers who lead the appropriation committees in the House and Senate. Fax is best, as mailed communications are delayed due to screeing procedures. For letter information, fax number and text to edit/personalize click here. This can be used by any stakeholder (current student, graduate, employer, ERC friend) to write to these decision makers.
  2. If your Representative and/or Senator(s) have shown their support by signing the “Dear Colleague” letter (see section VII below), send them a Thank you note.
  3. For those Senators and Representatives, who did not sign the “Dear Colleague” letter: let them know that you support funding at no less than the FY12 level, use www.contactingthecongress.org to send electronic messages. Sample text to edit/personalize is shown for ERC graduates, current students, those who hired a graduate and ERC friends. Reducing costs and creating jobs are the most important themes to stress in these letters. Specific examples from your experience personalize the note. Please select the appropriate letter, personalize and send.

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VII. What Else is the ERC Doing?

Dear Colleague letters sent to Senate and House Appropriation subcommittees.

Please read the listing of Senators below to identify if both or one of yours signed the letter to Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Tom Harkin and Ranking Member Jerry Moran supporting funding NIOSH ERCs and Agriculture centers for FY15. If listed, please send a brief 'thank you' through his/her website or www.contactingthecongress.org. Kettering Fellows live in most of the states shown...so please take the time to write!

Senate Letter
1.      Michael Bennet (D-CO)
2.      Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
3.      Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
4.      Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
5.      Al Franken (D-MN)
6.      Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
7.      Martin Heinrich (D-NM)
8.      Angus King (I-ME)
9.      Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
10.  Joe Manchin (D-WV)
11.  John Rockefeller (D-WV)
12.  Charles Schumer (D-NY)
13.  Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
14.  Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
15.  Ron Wyden (D-OR)

Ohio Senator Brown signed, for which we are most greatful!
Please read the listing of Representatives below to identify if both or one of yours signed the letter to Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Jack Kingston and Ranking Member Rosa DeLauro supporting funding NIOSH ERCs and Agriculture centers for FY14. If listed, please send a brief 'thank you' through his/her website or www.contactingthecongress.org. Kettering Fellows live in most of the states shown...so please take the time to write!

House Letter
1.      Ami Bera (D-CA)
2.      Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)
3.      Bruce Braley (D-IA)
4.      Tony Cardenas (D-CA)
5.      Matt Cartwright (D-PA)
6.      Kathy Castor (D-FL)
7.      John Conyers (D-MI)
8.      Joe Courtney (D-CT)
9.      Danny Davis (D-IL)
10.  Diana DeGette (D-CO)
11.  John Delaney (D-MD)
12.  Suzan DelBene (D-WA)
13.  Donna Edwards (D-MD)
14.  Keith Ellison (D-MN)
15.  John Garamendi (D-CA)
16.  Jim Gerlach (R-PA)
17.  Chris Gibson (R-NY)
18.  Richard Hanna (R-NY)
19.  Rush Holt (D-NJ)
20.  Ron Kind (D-WI)
21.  Ann Kuster (D-NH)
22.  Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)
23.  David Loebsack (D-IA)
24.  Ben Ray Luján (D-NM)
25.  Carolyn Maloney (D-NY)
26.  Doris Matsui (D-CA)
27.  Mike Michaud (D-ME)
28.  George Miller (D-CA)
29.  Jerrold Nadler (D-NY)
30.  Rick Nolan (D-MN)
31.  Bill Owens (D-NY)
32.  Frank Pallone (D-NJ)
33.  Bill Pascrell (D-NJ)
34.  Ed Perlmutter (D-CO)
35.  Linda Sanchez (D-CA)
36.  Terry Sewell (D-AL)
37.  Louise Slaughter (D-NY)
38.  Jackie Speier (D-CA)
39.  Mike Thompson (D-CA)
40.  John Tierney (D-MA)
41.  Henry Waxman (D-CA)
42.  Peter Welch (D-VT)
43.  Don Young (R-AK)

Friends of NIOSH letter
Friends of NIOSH, a group of organizations supporting NIOSH activities, has submitted a support letter to both the House and Senate. The letter was signed by over 150 organizations in 2014.

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VIII. Past Updates

April 18, 2013

Research and innovation by ERC faculty reduces health care cost and creates jobs

ERC faculty member, Dr. Bhattacharya, in collaboration with Dr. Nelson Watts, MD, a UC College of Medicine faculty, developed a non-invasive tool for early detection of skeletal disorders. The innovation has resulted in a startup company with three employees (including one from the ERC graduates).

Dr. Bhattacharya was honored by 2013 Emerging Entrepreneur Award by University of Cincinnati. See the full story at:

http://www.healthnews.uc.edu/news/?/22337/

January 3, 2013

A new report shows that the annual cost of injuries and fatalities reaches nearly $1 billion annually in California alone.

The reports are posted at: http://www.citizen.org/price-of-inaction-california-construction-safety-report

View older updates here.


December 14, 2012

New report by UC Davis economist J.Paul Leigh, PhD estimates the medical and productivity costs of occupational injuries and illnesses among low-wage workers exceeds $39 billion. A companion policy brief by Celeste Monforton, DrPH, MPH and Liz Borkowski of the George Washington University School of Public Health summarizes Leigh's analysis and explains 'why it matters.'

The reports are posted at: http://defendingscience.org/low-wage-workers

November 20th, 2012

Team of ERC students has worked on assessing early signs of heat stress in firefighters. Fire Chief William A. Jetter describes the benefits of the work to firefighters in a testimonial here.

View the testimonial here.

The project was featured in local news on Channel 5:
http://www.wlwt.com/news/health/UC-study-hopes-to-help-save-firefighters-lives/-/9837732/17483536/-/13jiopq/-/index.html

May 30th, 2012

OSHA-an agency that does not kill jobs

Using real data and recognized scientific methods, a team investigating the long-term impact of random OSHA inspections on workplaces has shown that an inspection results in:

  • 9.4% drop in workplace injury claims
  • 26% saving on workers' comp costs

These two items equal an average saving of about $355,000. The California experience shows no evidence that OSHA killed jobs and if the savings are reinvested, could actually be job creating.

The abstract, complete report and supplemental materials are found in the May 18 issue of Science, http://www.sciencemag.org (almost at the end of the site): Randomized Government Safety Inspections Reduce Worker Injuries with No Detectable Job Loss, Levine DI, Toffel MW, Johnson MS.

See comments from the research team and others in the Harvard Business School weekly newsletter http://hbwsk.hbs.edu; commentary from OSHA is shown at http://www.osha.gov

March 22nd, 2012

Section VII: House of Representatives support for including the ERCs in the budget has been sent to the Appropriations Subcommittee. See list of signers and send a thank you if yours is listed.

March 15th, 2012

Section III: Statistics for workplace injury and illness have been updated.
Section IV: The web-site for contacting the congress has been corrected: www.contactingthecongress.org

February 5th, 2012

Section VI: Letters are posted. Please write to support the ERCs.

January 23rd 2012

Section IV: A Rebuttal is posted to refute the FY13 ERC termination proposed by the President

Section V: What can I do? participate in the FY13 plan

Section VII: What the ERC will do? with your help, generate more success stories, get ready for lame duck

Section IX: Archives. New section captures FY12 information

January 9th, 2012

Section: What Else is the ERC Doing?

Informing the OMB of the value of ERCs was the focus of substantial effort in November and December. We now posting three letters: one from three ERC directors who met with the OMB analyst responsible for ERC evaluation, one from the House to OMB Director Lew, and one from the Senate to OMB Director Lew. those that represent you. See What Else is the ERC Doing?, below, for a typed listing of House and Senate signers, and our request

 

January 3rd, 2012

Section: Testimonials

ERC students helped in the development of Laboratory Safety Training for Cincinnati Public Schools. Cynthia Eghbalnia, the Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator of Cincinnati Public Schools, describes the project in the testimonial here.

November 18th, 2011

Section: Testimonials

A 2011 graduate of the Occupational and Environmental Hygiene program conducted the baseline evaluation related to Health Impact Assessment of I-75 construction. Health Commissioner Dr. Noble Maseru, City of Cincinnati, describes the benefits of this work to the community in a testimonial here.

 

November 10th, 2011

Section: Testimonials

A 2011 graduate of the Occupational Safety and Health Engineering program has applied the knowledge and skills learned as an ERC student in the Occupational Safety and Health Engineering program to reduce hazards through better machine design. Micheal Martin, MS, describes his work as co-chairman of the Product Safety Committee in a Testimonial here.

 

November 3rd, 2011

Westat, a private survey research firm, has completed a national assessment of the health and safety workforce needs. Overall, employers project hiring twice as many folks in the next five years than will graduate from academic programs. We are a bit better off in the Midwest, where demand just about balances output--but of course graduates do move to other regions of the US or abroad. A summary is shown here and the full report can be viewed at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/oshworkforce/pdfs/NASHW_Final_Report.pdf.

 

October 26th, 2011

The second of our testimonials for partnerships is posted here. The Cincinnati Heath Department is an important partner with the ERC, and one example is shown for a valued experience of Occupational Health Nursing graduate Diane Busch James.

 

October 10th 2011

Section: Testimonials

The first in a new series of descriptions of ERC partnerships with Cincinnati Public Schools and the Cincinnati Health Department is shown. These all involve students, and provide a substantial learning experience while helping to meet unmet need in Cincinnati. In this first fact sheet, Chris Sparks (HSAT student) is shown interacting with North Avondale Montessori students during a discussion and demonstration of ambient air monitoring.

 

July 29th 2011

Section: A Rebuttal
Friends of NIOSH letters for FY12 Budget Process
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Section: Testimonials
2010 Occupational Hygiene Graduate Saves Employer $93,000 in First Year
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Section: What Can I Do
AIHA Point and Counter-Point--read and then weigh in by expressing an opinion on the AIHA blog
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July 13th 2011

New testimonial: Medicine and Hygiene Team Saves $1M Annually For Company...

You can view it here.

 

June 27th 2011

New Section: Testimonials.

 

June 17th 2011

In 'A Rebuttal...'

  • Sample letters from APHA

  • ASSE links to important statements supporting the Agriculture Grants program

    In 'What Can I Do?'

  • Follow-up editable letter

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    May 20th 2011

    • In ‘A Rebuttal….’

      The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society has issued a strong rebuttal, authored by an ERC director (Dr. Tom Bernard) and two ERC faculty (Drs. David Rempel and our own Kermit Davis).

    • In ‘What Can I Do?’

      New editable letter added: For those not able to participate in the e-mail blast from AIHce, a new letter is posted to use upon return from AIHce. This can be modified for use at any other meeting, such as ASSE coming up soon in Chicago.

     

    May 2nd, 2011

    • In 'A Rebuttal...'

      --letter from two Senators to OMB

    • In 'What Can I Do?'

      --links to Senate and House vote on budget

     

    April 13th, 2011

    • In ‘What Can I Do?’

      --updated listing of alumni and friends support

     

    April 8th, 2011

    • In ‘What Can I Do?’

      --link to White House E-Mail
      --updated listing of alumni and friends support

    • In ‘What Else is the ERC Doing?’

      --Con Agra partnership described

     

    March 30th, 2011

    • In ‘Rebuttal’

      --Friends of NIOSH letter
      --ASSE letter

    • In ‘What Can I Do?’

      --updated Received letters

    • In ‘What Else is the ERC Doing?’

      --link to NIOSH posting of benefit to business

     

    March 24th, 2011

    • In ‘What Can I Do?’

      -check out new letter writers
      -list of businesses benefiting from ERCs has grown to 46 pages (each with three columns!), and will be updated again
      -Hill Rom partnership added—building infrastructure and creating jobs

    • Friends of NIOSH letter

      The final letter will be posted here next week. We thank our many friends in organizations that have signed-on.

     

    March 17th, 2011

    • In 'A Rebuttal...'

      The American Public Health Association has added a rebuttal and AIHA is supporting the rebuttal language.

    • In 'What Can I Do?'

      -New editable letters have been added Field Project Site personnel and the Employer.
      -More letters documention the value of the ERC have been written. This week we are adding the feature of underlining additions to the list.

    • Another activity:

      The Friends of NIOSH, a group of organizations that value NIOSH products is asking groups to sign-on in support. We are very pleased that the University of Cincinnati has agreed to be included in the growing list of NIOSH supporters. The letter will be posted on this webpage when complete. Contact us if you represent an organization that would consider being included.

     

    March 9th, 2011

    • See above for information about the AgFF Centers, and the LONG list of businesses around the country served by the ERCs.


    • New photos are shown at the side. An occupational hygiene and a hazardous substance student are demonstrating air monitoring equipment at a Brownfields training at the ICWUC in Cincinnati.

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    IX. Archives

    FY13 - What Else is the ERC Doing?

    Please read the listing of Senators below, sorted by state, to identify if both or one of yours signed the letter to Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Tom Harkin and Ranking Member Richard Shelby supporting funding NIOSH ERCs and AFFs for FY13. If listed, please send a brief 'thank you' through his/her website or www.contactingthecongress.org. Kettering Fellows live in most of the states shown...so please take the time to write!

    • CA: Barbara Boxer

    • NH: Jeanne Shaheen

    • NJ: Robert Menendez

    • NM: Jeff Bingaman, Tom Udall

    • NY: Kirsten Gillibrand, Charles Schumer

    • OR: Jeff Merkley, Ron Wyden

    • WI: Herb Kohl

    • WV: Jay Rockefeller

    • VT: Patrick Leahy, Bernard Sanders

    Ohio had no signers on this letter (Senator Brown is on the committee and cannot write to himself).

    Friends of NIOSH, a group of organizations supporting NIOSH activities, has written to both the House and Senate. We are very pleased to see so many groups included that are related to the UC ERC. These include the Department, our three student groups and the local AIHA section, Pilot Research Program participating universities (departments at Central State, Eastern Kentucky, Murray State, Ohio University, Purdue, University of Kentucky ), local partners (Alliance for Leadership and Interconnection, Cincinnati Interfaith Workers Center, Greater Cincinnati Occupational Health Center, Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council), ERC Advisory Board affiliates (Carroll County Memorial Hospital, Sycamore Township EMS & Fire Department), and national unions that we have worked with (IAFF, ICWUC/UFCW, TWU,Steelworkers). And the national professional organizations are very prominent in the listing: AAOHN, ACOEM, ACGIH, AIHA, ANA, APHA, ASSE, ATS, AOHP, HFES, NSC.

    Hats off to each of you who helped get the signers; thank leadership of these groups, when you can.

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    Please read the listing below, sorted by state, to identify if your representative signed the letter to Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Rehberg and Ranking Member DeLauro supporting funding NIOSH ERCs and AFFs for FY13. If one of them represents you, please send a brief 'thank you' through his/her website or www.contactingthecongress.com. DC-dwellers, note that Eleanor Holmes Norton joined the supporters this year.

    Ohio signers are led by Congressman Chabot of the first district, for which we are most grateful! Dennis Kucinich and Betty Sutton represent voters in the northern part of Ohio. (Ohio representatives Kaptur, Austria and LaTourette are members of the committee the letter is sent to, and therefore do not sign.)

    OH: Steve Chabot, Dennis Kucinich, Betty Sutton
    AK: Don Young
    CA: Judy Chu, Doris Matsui, George Miller, Linda Sanchez, Loretta Sanchez, Jackie
    Speier, Mike Thompson, Henry Waxman, Lynn Woolsey
    CO: Diana DeGette, Jared Polis
    CT: Joe Courtney
    DC: Eleanor Holmes Norton
    FL: Kathy Castor, Frederica Wilson
    IA: Bruce Braley, Dave Loebsack
    IL: Danny Davis, Janice Schakowsky
    MA: Barney Frank
    MI: John Conyers
    MN: Keith Ellison
    NE: Jeff Fortenberry
    NJ: Frank Pallone
    NY: Tim Bishop, Chris Gibson, Richard Hanna, Maurice Hinchey, Steve Israel, Carolyn Maloney, Bill Owens, Paul Tonko, Louise Slaughter,
    VT: Peter Welch

    In mid-February, ERC directors discussed plans for the next few months, and for the anticipated lame duck session following the elections in November. This Spring, we will continue to share testimonials with decision makers, and gather some to have in reserve for mid-November. These will be posted to the website as they are developed. Your help is needed to create these.

    46 pages! That’s the length of the listing of businesses served by the 17 ERCs. Check it out here! NIOSH has posted this list at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/oep/cedirlst.html

    Employers benefit directly from the student course work

     

    Projects Result in Workplace Changes

     

    Graduates Get Jobs

     

    Employees Seek Continuing Education

     

    We are also supporting the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing Centers supported by NIOSH; these were also terminated in the President’s proposed budget. These centers serve businesses with the highest rates of injury in the country. Read more about them here. The rebuttal of the justification is shown here.

    We are continuing our usual busy ERC schedule, including interdisciplinary trips as shown at www.eh.uc.edu/erc/blog/

     

    FY13 - What Can I Do?

    Participate!

    Letter templates are now available. Two types are provided:

    1. Use the 'fax' template to write to decision makers who lead the appropriation committees in the House and Senate. Fax is best, as mailed communications are delayed due to screeing procedures. For letter information, fax number and text to edit/personalize click here. This can be used by any stakeholder (current student, graduate, employer, ERC friend) to write to these decision makers.

    2. To let your two Senators and your one Representative know that you support funding at no less than the FY12 level, use www.contactingthecongress.org to send an electronic messages. Sample text to edit/personalize is shown for ERC graduates, current students, those who hired a graduate and ERC friends. Reducing costs and creating jobs are the most important themes to stress in these letters. Specific examples from your experience peronalize the note. Please select the appropriate letter, personalize and send.

    These templates include support for both the ERC and the AFFs. If you do not have enough information to feel comfortable supporting the AFFs, edit those sentences out of the text.

    Please provide both types of communication: fax the appropriations committee leaders; e-mail your Senators and Representative.

     

    Read the testimonials in Sections V (above) and VII (below). Can you provide one showing that your professional activities have saved money or created jobs? We will follow-up soon.

    To provide information to the White House, Click http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

     

    Add comments to the Facebook and our Twitter pages. Tweet @uc_erceoh

    FY13 - A Rebuttal Has Been Prepared to Balance the FY13 President's Justification

    The President's budget was released on February 13, and the ERCs are still on the Termination List (click here). But the reason given is much shorter this year: occupational health and safety is not a CDC priority. The same reason is given for termination of the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing Centers. In many aspects, this is easier to counter:

    1. Occupational injury and illness costs the US economy $250 Billion annually or $4.8 Billion each week (click for brief; click for methods/summary).

    This total is second only to cardiovascular health care costs more than cancer, diabetes, stroke or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Only 25% of occupational injury and illness costs are paid by Workers Compensation 75% of the cost are borne by the worker, his/her family and society.

    This new report supplements the prior estimate by Liberty Mutual that the cost of serious injuries alone was $50 Billion annually or about $1 Billion weekly.

    2. There is shortage of professionals being trained nationwide (Westat report, late 2011)

    These two data-driven reports support the message that ERC graduates are needed and help employers save money by reducing the risk of exposures to hazards and decrease the time away from work through improved treatment. These dollars can be used to create jobs!

    Occupational injury and illness is a priority--for workers and the economy.

    Our mission is defined: convince decision makers it is a priority for the economy.

    We have archived the FY12 budget documents, below in a new section, IX. Archives

    FY12 - A Rebuttal Has Been Prepared to Balance the FY12 President's Justification

    The rationale presented in the President’s budget, "The Kill Language", has been refuted by facts assembled collectively by the ERCs.

    Main Points of the Rebuttal:           

    • The need has not been met (hence the daily toll)

    • Trainees are tracked (ERCs track careers of graduates for NIOSH)

    • NIOSH does not overlap OSHA (research/education vs enforcement)

    • ERCs would not be fully funded by other sources (e.g., state funds)

    • Private sector funds could not fill the gap

    • Other CDC programs are not duplicative (who else trains professionals?)

    See the full text of the rebuttal

    here

    Data from a private survey research firm shows that the need in the next five years is not met by educational instutions across the US. Employers want to hire 25,000 into the health and safety workforce while about 13,000 will graduate. The need is not met. A summary and link to the report are here.

    Other organizations have also supplied rebuttals or support the ERC rebuttal:

    The ERCs have also prepared a justification for continued funding here.

    The Friends of NIOSH wrote letters to the House and Senate subcommittee leadership earlier in the month to support NIOSH, the ERCs and AFFs in the FY12 budget discussion. With a total of 113 groups signed on, we represented a wide range of educational, labor, industry, and advocacy groups. Thanks to all for supporting this important use of federal funds.

    The ASSE signed on to the Friends letter for the earlier FY11 budget and the upcoming FY12 budget. The organizational letter of suport can viewed here.

    Senators George Miller and Patty Murray have written to the OMB with a rebuttal to the language used to justify the Termination; the full letter is shown here.

    The American Public Health Association has posted sample letters here.

    We thank ASSE for its continued support or the ERCs and the AgFFs. They have forwarded two very strong letters about the fishing industry in the Pacific Northwest to us, and we share them here:
    Seattle Times - An article that credits the program with lowering the death rates of fishers in Alaska
    Pacific Fishing - A joint press release from the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association and The Northeast Center for Agriculural Safety and Health .

    FY12 - What Can I Do?

    Participate! A debate is forming from opposing views published in the Synergist, a publication of AIHA. Dr. Steve Lacey of the University of Illinois at Chicago ERC and a member of the AIHA Board of Director authored strong support of the ERCs in the May Issue. A response advocating the benefits of termination the ERCs followed in June/July and is shown at aihasynergist-digital.org. One ERC has already made a response. Read both sides and comment on the AIHA blog. Note: As of July 28th 2011, only AIHA members were pimmted to post comments, but that is being worked on. Early next week the new changes should take effect.

    Write to the members of your congressional delegation (see www.contactingthecongress.org), especially if they are on the Appropriations Committee or the LHHS subcommittee of Appropriations. Membership of the full House and Senate Appropriations Committee and the LHHS subcommittees are shown here. A personalizable letter for supporters in various sectors can be downloaded below.

    Editable Letters:

    See how your decision makers voted on the FY11 Budget: Senate House

    FY12 - What Else is the ERC Doing?

    With the FY13 budget under development, in November, UC ERC Director Carol Rice and colleagues from Harvard and University of Illinios at Chicago met with Tricia Bixby, the OMB analyst who evaluates the ERC budget line. We provided documentation regarding the impact/value of the work you all do to support business growth and job development. A followup letter was sent, and is shown here. Briefly the letter details the continuing need for OH&S professionals, alignment with the CDC mission, integration of NIOSH into the HHS Environmental Justice Strategy (which UC also commented on directly to HHS), reasons why there is not overlap with other agencies, consequences of eliminating ERCs, other institutional training grants at CDC, and unfortunate use of information on an independent website.

    Concurrently, House and Senate sign-on letters were developed to urge OMB Director Lew to include ERCs in the FY13 budget. We are very pleased that two Ohioans signed the House letter: Representatives Steve Chabot of Cincinnati and Dennis Kuchinich of Cleveland. Senator Sharrod Brown signed the Senate letter, which is much appreciated.

    So that you can send a brief thank-you message (click on www.contactingthecongress.org) to any of the signers who represents you, the full listing is typed below alphabetically and with the state shown:

    • House

      • Kathy Castor (D-FL)

      • Steve Chabot (R-OH)

      • Ben Chandler (D-KY)

      • Judy Chu (D-CA)

      • Diana DeGette (D-CO)

      • Norn Dicks (D-WA)

      • Keith Ellison (D-MN)

      • Richard Hanna (R-NY)

      • Maurice Hinchey (D-NY)

      • Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL)

      • Dennis Kucinich (D-OH)

      • Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE)

      • Dave Loesback (D-IA)

      • Carolyn Maloney (D-NY)

      • Betty McCollum (D-MN)

      • Jim McDermott (D-WA)

      • George Miller (D-CA)

      • Bill Owens (D-NY)

      • Jared Polis (D-CO)

      • Lee Terry (R-NE)

      • Mike Thomspon (D-CA)

      • Paul Tonko (D-NY)

      • Peter Welch (D-VT)

      • Lynn Woolsey (D-CA)

      • Don Young (R-AK)

    • Senate

      • Michael Bennet (D-CO)

      • Sherrod Brown (D-OH)

      • Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY)

      • Patrick Leahy (D-VT)

      • Patty Murray (D-WA)

      • Bernie Sanders (I-VT)

      • Charles Schumer (D-NY)

    Impact of the ERC is being documented; specifically, 

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