As a first step in this initiative, NIOSH has introduced a new Web page, “Going Green: Safe and Healthy Jobs” (http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/greenjobs/), which will serve as an evolving portal to information and resources being developed or identified by NIOSH and its diverse partners. The initial contents of the Web page include links to selected NIOSH Web resources on industry sectors and specific topics related to green jobs. These are defined broadly as jobs that help to improve the environment.
"As America invests in economic recovery and a clean, secure future, we and our partners have an opportunity to reaffirm the longstanding bonds between occupational safety, health, and environmental stewardship," said NIOSH Acting Director Christine M. Branche, Ph.D. "In laying the groundwork for green jobs and industries, it is important, as with any emerging industry, to make sure that worker safety and health protections are not overlooked. We are pleased that the new Web page, as an initial product of our interest in this area, will offer convenient access to information and a focus for strategizing on needs and opportunities."
Opportunities for NIOSH and its partners under "Going Green: Safe and Healthy Jobs" include these:
- Enhancing the safety and health protection of the U.S. workforce;
- Expanding and applying occupational safety and health knowledge to new workplaces, products and processes;
- Ensuring that worker training and re-training for these new jobs includes relevant safety and health information.
NIOSH also will conduct a workshop on Dec. 14-16, 2009, to help frame issues of incorporating occupational safety and health considerations into green and sustainability efforts. The workshop will include invited participants and limited space will be available to the public. Further information will be made available on registration in the near future.