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Help Protect Worker Health & Safety by Supporting Funding for NIOSH!
An enormous problem exists in our country that touches every family, community, State, and the Nation as a whole – approximately 150 people die each day from work-related injuries and illnesses. At the same time, non-fatal workplace injuries alone cost businesses more than $1 billion each week. Of the many Federal programs, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is the primary agency responsible for conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related illnesses and injuries. NIOSH provides National and world leadership to avert workplace illness, injury, disability, and death by gathering information, conducting scientific research, and translating this knowledge into products and services. By working collaboratively with public and private sector partners, NIOSH transfers its research findings into cost-effective solutions to make work safer, healthier and more productive for workers, employers, and the Nation. NIOSH supports programs in every State to improve the health and safety of workers.

In order for NIOSH to continue its good work, it needs to be funded at no less than the level it received in Fiscal Year 2016: $339.121 million. Congress is currently working on the bills for the coming 2018 Fiscal Year, making now the perfect time to send a letter to all your Members of Congress, urging them to provide NIOSH with at least the Fiscal Year 2016 level of funding for NIOSH in the FY 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations Bill. A model letter is provided;
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As a constituent I am writing to respectfully request that, as Congress considers funding priorities for Fiscal Year 2018, you to include at least the Fiscal Year 2016 level of $339.121 million for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).  

An enormous problem exists in our country that touches every family, community, State, and the Nation as a whole, approximately 150 people die each day from work-related injuries and illnesses. At the same time, non-fatal workplace injuries alone cost businesses more than $1 billion each week. Of the many Federal programs, NIOSH is the primary agency responsible for conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related illnesses and injuries. NIOSH provides National and world leadership to avert workplace illness, injury, disability, and death by gathering information, conducting scientific research, and translating this knowledge into products and services. By working collaboratively with public and private sector partners, NIOSH transfers its research findings into cost-effective solutions to make work safer, healthier and more productive for workers, employers, and the Nation. NIOSH supports programs in every State to improve the health and safety of workers. 

With this in mind, I am concerned that the President's FY 2018 budget request cuts NIOSH by more than $138 million, eliminating programs that protect the health and safety of America's workforce, such as the Education and Research Centers (ERCs), the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (AFF) Program, and the Total Worker Health (TWH) Program. These cuts would also cripple NIOSH's robust research program, the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA), which was developed to apply the tools of science to improving workplace health and safety. Elimination of any of these programs would limit the ability of workers to avoid exposures that can result in injury or illnesses, push back improved working conditions, eliminate occupational safety and health educational services to U.S. businesses, and ultimately raise health care costs.  

In order to maintain the health and safety of the American workforce, I ask that you include at least the FY 2016 level of funding for NIOSH in the FY 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations Bill.  Thank you for your consideration of this request. 

MODEL LETTER FOR THE SENATE

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As a constituent I am writing to respectfully request that, as Congress considers funding priorities for Fiscal Year 2018, you to include at least the Fiscal Year 2016 level of $339.121 million for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).  

An enormous problem exists in our country that touches every family, community, State, and the Nation as a whole, approximately 150 people die each day from work-related injuries and illnesses. At the same time, non-fatal workplace injuries alone cost businesses more than $1 billion each week. Of the many Federal programs, NIOSH is the primary agency responsible for conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related illnesses and injuries. NIOSH provides National and world leadership to avert workplace illness, injury, disability, and death by gathering information, conducting scientific research, and translating this knowledge into products and services. By working collaboratively with public and private sector partners, NIOSH transfers its research findings into cost-effective solutions to make work safer, healthier and more productive for workers, employers, and the Nation. NIOSH supports programs in every State to improve the health and safety of workers. 

With this in mind, I am concerned that the President's FY 2018 budget request cuts NIOSH by more than $138 million, eliminating programs that protect the health and safety of America's workforce, such as the Education and Research Centers (ERCs), the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (AFF) Program, and the Total Worker Health (TWH) Program. These cuts would also cripple NIOSH's robust research program, the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA), which was developed to apply the tools of science to improving workplace health and safety. Elimination of any of these programs would limit the ability of workers to avoid exposures that can result in injury or illnesses, push back improved working conditions, eliminate occupational safety and health educational services to U.S. businesses, and ultimately raise health care costs.  

In order to maintain the health and safety of the American workforce, I ask that you include at least the FY 2016 level of funding for NIOSH in the FY 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations Bill.  Thank you for your consideration of this request.