NIOSH and America Achieves Build A Safety Training Curriculum for Future Workers

NIOSH and America Achieves Build A Safety Training Curriculum for Future Workers

A recent collaboration between NIOSH and the not-for-profit America Achieves released Quest for Success – a free curriculum for educators, schools, and students to learn about future workforce safety and health.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has partnered with America Achieves—a nonprofit that focuses on education-to-workforce issues—to promote young worker safety and health. The collaboration means that a new educational forum called Quest for Success will provide information, materials, and training for young individuals coming into the workforce to prepare for jobs of the future. 

The job market is changing as we speak: not only are there new jobs requiring new skills, but a high level of technology and globalization means many of these jobs require cross-sector competencies like communication, collaboration, and critical thinking. As America Achieves’ homepage states, a projected 65 percent of jobs by 2020 will require education and training beyond traditional high school; in 1973, it was just over 25 percent. 

The Quest for Success curriculum is designed to help students explore a variety of industry sectors and new and in-demand careers while helping them develop cross-sector knowledge, skills, and character. The curriculum aims to help students learn about themselves and their skills and also be proactive in navigating their high school and postsecondary education in order to achieve career and life choices. With an estimated 6 million unfilled jobs in the U.S., skilled and competent workers are undoubtedly needed. 

In addition to general workforce preparedness, the Quest for Success platform wants to keep future workers safe and healthy in their workplaces, and this includes safety related to everything from training to overall wellbeing. 

NIOSH director John Howard, M.D. said “Ensuring that future jobs are also safe and healthy jobs is critical to ensuring the health and wellbeing of the workforce. NIOSH is pleased to partner with America Achieves to work together to prepare future generations of workers with the knowledge and skills they need to stay safe at work through an innovative career readiness resource.”

Quest for Success’ safety and health materials are designed to help students develop: 1) concepts of prevention of workplace injuries and illnesses and categories of workplace hazards and 2) thinking skills to identify control strategies for common workplace safety and health hazards. The materials were adapted from [email protected] Safety, a free, foundational curriculum in workplace safety and health from NIOSH and its partners. 

The collaboration’s educational forum has already helped many individuals, namely in Louisiana. America Achieves originally created Quest for Success in collaboration with educators through a partnership with the Louisiana Department of Education. It was developed further with input from employers, industry partners, and experts, including the National Civil Rights Museum and NIOSH. Quest for Success was piloted in 2018 in over 50 Louisiana classrooms with more than 2,400 students. 

It has been subsequently revised and adapted for national dissemination and implementation. Read the NIOSH news release on the topic for more information.

Download Center

  • Industrial Premium Library

    Empower your workforce with the manufacturing, industrial maintenance, operations, HSE, compliance, and professional development skills they need to complete their tasks efficiently and safely. Not only will you boost productivity, reliability, skills, and morale but you’ll also onboard faster, and retain your best employees while meeting regulatory standards. Vector Solutions offers over 1,800 award-winning eLearning courses designed to keep your employees safe, transfer knowledge of fundamentals, and develop industry and job-specific skills that reduce downtime, maintenance costs and more.

  • Safety Metrics & Insights Webinar

    EHS professionals have been tackling the subject of how to best measure performance for many years. Lagging indicators like the Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) and Days Away Restricted Transfer Rate (DART) are a good place to start, but you shouldn’t forget about the leading indicators that your workforce does every day to prevent incidents from occurring. Learn about some of the most common KPIs of safety programs and how Vector EHS Management software can be used to track these metrics in this webinar.

  • Risk Matrix Guide

    Understanding the components of a risk matrix will allow you and your organization to manage risk effectively. Download this guide for details on risk matrix calculations including severity, probability, and risk assessment.

  • OSHA Recordkeeping Guide

    In case you missed it, OSHA recently initiated an enforcement program to identify employers who fail to electronically submit Form 300A recordkeeping data to the agency. When it comes to OSHA recordkeeping, there are always questions regarding the requirements and ins and outs. This guide is here to help! We’ll explain reporting, recording, and online reporting requirements in detail.

  • Safety Metrics Guide

    Is your company leveraging its safety data and analytics to maintain a safe workplace? With so much data available, where do you start? This downloadable guide will give you insight on helpful key performance indicators (KPIs) you should track for your safety program

  • Vector Solutions

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - September 2022

    September 2022


    • ESG
      EHS Will Guide Future ESG Success for Many Organizations
      Handling Material Handlers: Training Beyond PIT Requirements
      The Missing Link with EHS Software
      Noise Surveys from the Trenches
    View This Issue