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Office of Occupational Health Nursing

200 Constitution Ave., N.W. | Washington, DC 20210 | (202) 693-2120

The Office of Occupational Health Nursing (OOHN) is OSHA's principal source of occupational health nursing expertise in enforcement activities, standards development, outreach and education, and cooperative programs. In addition, OOHN administers the Graduate Nurse Internship Program. Using the foundation of occupational health nursing (epidemiology, worker advocacy, occupational health risk assessment, critical thinking, educational principles), the Office, collaborates with other OSHA offices and Department agencies, initiates projects and develops programs to prevent work-related illness and injury.

Scope and Activities
  • Provides assistance and consultation to OSHA staff and the public regarding the establishment and evaluation of workplace safety and health programs; analyzes, evaluates and makes recommendations about the effectiveness of screening and surveillance programs; evaluates workplace hazards and their effects on workers; and assists with implementing OSHA recordkeeping requirements.
  • Participates in the development, review, and analysis of policies, guidelines, standards, and compliance activities (e.g., directives, instructions, interpretations, clarifications, locating expert witnesses).
  • Conducts presentations and contributes to conferences, hearings, and workgroups to represent the Agency and enhance relationships with safety and health professional groups; academia; industry associations; other federal agencies; employee representatives and OSHA Alliance partners.
  • Administers the Agency's Graduate Nurse Internship Program.
  • Collaborates with other OSHA staff to plan and implement the Agency's outreach to young workers.
  • Analyzes, evaluates, and makes recommendations regarding workplace occupational health and safety programs, ensuring that they are appropriate, effective, efficient, and accessible to the population served, based upon worksite assessment, demographics, occupational health risks analyses, and program reviews.
  • Provides occupational health nursing expertise in complex investigations, particularly those involving occupational health care. This may involve analyzing, evaluating and making recommendations about the effectiveness of employers' screening and surveillance activities, identifying hazards and patterns of illness/injury (e.g., reviews of the OSHA records, employee medical records, health unit statistics, symptom surveys).
  • Reviews, analyzes, and prepares documentation of studies related to occupational health in OSHA activities and communicates the findings appropriately.
  • Develops and reviews OSHA outreach materials (e.g., publications, e-tools, web-based learning materials) to ensure that they are technically accurate, use adult learning principles, and are appropriately targeted.
  • Demonstrates and promotes an interdisciplinary collaboration between occupational health nurses and other occupational safety and health professionals, (e.g., physicians, safety professionals, and industrial hygienists).
OSHA Graduate Nurse Internship Program

The application period for the 2015 Graduate Nurse Internship Program is now closed.

The Graduate Nurse Internship Program is designed for registered professional nurses pursuing a graduate degree in either occupational health nursing or public health with an occupational health focus. The internship blends current OSHA projects and issues with the theoretical bases of the intern's academic study into a practical occupational safety and health experience at the national level. Selected interns are assigned to OOHN in OSHA's National Office in Washington, D.C., precepted by OOHN staff and assigned projects in support of the Agency's mission and goals. Internship rotations are a full-time consecutive eight-week educational opportunity. Internships typically take place between May and September for a time period mutually agreeable to the intern and to OSHA.

Applicants are rated on academic status, professional presentation, qualifications, experience, and demonstrated technical writing skills. The Instructions to the Applicant outlines the application process. The Program Outline provides other important information for the applicant.

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