HSPH Occupational Injury Prevention
in Safety and Epidemiology
NIOSH Training Grant

 

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Most of the external sites available for research will be at one of the Program's and faculty collaborating institutions, as describe above. Begun in 1994, the Liberty Mutual-Harvard Program in Occupational Safety and Health formalized a collaborative relationship in research, teaching and service that provides exchange of faculty, students and technology to advance occupational safety and health. A number of successful research projects, symposia and conferences mark the program's initial years, and will continue to support the injury prevention research-training program. The program has also facilitated the development of major inter-faculty collaborative research projects, such as the Case-Crossover Study of Occupational Hand Injury (Sorock et al., 2001).

Other program faculty members have similar ties that can result in external research opportunities for students. Dr. Herrick, for example, has been instrumental in working with local construction industry and is interested in developing an epidemiology study of slips trips and falls of construction workers. Tom Smith working with the California truckers association can expand the work of JC Chen and examine Low Back pain among truck driver. Ann Backus' ties with New England Fishing industry will provide opportunity for student to examine specific risks associated with lobsterman and other types of small fishing operations. Dr. Perry collaborates with dairy farming communities in Vermont and Wisconsin on prevention programs to reduce injury and disease in farmers and their families. These projects afford several community-based prevention research opportunities for students.
Program Support from Research Sources

If a collaborating or external agency offers to host a Program student in a research assistantship (for doctoral students) or a post-doctoral fellowship, we will ask for an offsetting financial contribution of approximately $6,000 - $8,000 per year per student from the agency to support the student's research activities and help supplement the student tuition and stipend funds that will be available through the NIOSH grant.

All participating institutions will provide facilities and equipment for the program. The complete resources of the existing Harvard University ERC and its existing cores, e.g. Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Nursing, will be available including classroom facilities, safety and health libraries, computer equipment, and audiovisual equipment. Similarly, equipment and resources from the Harvard Injury Research Center as well as the department of Health and Social Behavior will be available for program students. These include Health Policy Library and journals. The Liberty Mutual Research Center of Safety and Health will also be available for Program students. The Research Center's ten, state-of-the-art, laboratories are dedicated to the following research areas: biomechanics, cognitive engineering, driver safety, epidemiology, human-machine interface, tribology (slips, trips and falls), repetitive work, work physiology, and work systems designs.