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News from NC OSHERC

October 2023 -We are thrilled to share that our latest research article titled “Feasibility of Implementing a Total Worker Health® Intervention During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Small and Medium Businesses: Results From the Carolina PROSPER Study” has been published in the prestigious Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine!

In this study, we explored the challenges and opportunities of implementing a Total Worker Health® intervention during the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic to provide tailored technical assistance to small and medium-sized businesses.

We are immensely grateful for the collaborative effort of our research team and the support of our study participants. This achievement would not have been possible without their dedication and commitment to advancing workplace health.

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On August 8th, the NC OSHERC team spent time with our NIOSH-funded ERC colleagues and our partner Hope Renovations in Carrboro, NC, celebrating empowerment and safe training for women in the construction trades during OSHA’s Safe + Sound Week!

This event was part of the Annual Continuing Education Directors Meeting hosted by NC OSHERC this year in Chapel Hill, during which continuing education directors from all NIOSH-funded ERCs across the country convened to collaborate and discuss the future of continuing education initiatives in occupational safety and health.

Dr. John Staley

Dr. John Staley has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Staley is also the Deputy Director of the North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Center, and Outreach Co-Director of the Carolina Center for Healthy Work Design and Worker Well-being. Congratulations, Dr. Staley!

UNC-Chapel Hill named NIOSH Center of Excellence for Total Worker Health®. Make sure to check out The Carolina Center for Total Worker Health® and Well-Being website!

Our Mission

The mission of the NC OSHERC at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill is to prepare occupational safety and health professionals to promote and protect worker health. This is accomplished through the provision of high-quality interdisciplinary education and training, research and service in occupational safety and health.


  • Education: Provide education and training in the core public health and occupational health sciences, research, and specialty practice areas (e.g., industrial hygiene, safety and ergonomics, occupational medicine, occupational epidemiology, Total Worker Health®) to expand the knowledge base and provide for the delivery of quality occupational safety and health services.
  • Research: Conduct research in occupational safety and health and related fields to advance the science and body of knowledge, reduce work-related injury/illness, and improve worker health and working conditions.
  • Service: Offer continuing education, consultation, and advice to help develop occupational safety and health programs and services, and to address important issues in the occupational safety and health field.


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