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Sep 12, 2021 10:00 AM
Biological and infectious agents are an ever-evolving threat to worker safety, and as new processes and materials are used in industry the need for adequate safety training increases. To help confront this challenge, DFPM faculty recently applied for a grant designed to establish educational courses for current and continuing students to help train them on biological and infectious agents and the technologies that exist to provide safety when these agents are present. The grant, titled “Biological Hazard Site Training in Emerging Technologies (BioSTET) for Health and Safety,” was recently awarded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), an arm of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
The 5-year, $1.13 million dollar grant is an interdisciplinary effort for the department, utilizing researchers from across three of our four divisions. Physician Assistant Studies professor Rod Handy, MBA, PhD, CIH and OEH associate professor Darrah Sleeth, PhD, MPH, CIH are PIs for the study, with OEH associate professor Rachael Jones, PhD, CIH and Public Health Division Chief Steven Lacey, PhD acting as investigators. In addition to the work done by Utah researchers, the wide-ranging grant also has three collaborating institutions: Cal Polytechnic State University—San Luis Obispo, Montana Technological University, and Texas A&M.The grant will fund the development and implementation of a continuing education certificate program in biological and infectious agent health and safety as well as two academic courses: a research-oriented course and a field practitioner course that will focus on emerging technologies in the field. The academic courses will be offered collaboratively, allowing Utah students the opportunity to learn cutting-edge technological solutions to biological and infectious agent hazards from faculty across the country.