Description and Background


The educational experience with OSHA’s national office in Washington, DC is designed to give residents an opportunity to see how occupational health policy is developed and applied at the national level and to enhance their knowledge of public health issues in an occupational health setting.

Working with OSHA occupational and preventive medicine physicians, residents will participate in the full range of OSHA activities, including:

  • Assisting OSHA’s field offices in compliance investigations.
  • Answering inquiries from health professionals, government agencies, and the public.
  • Reviewing compliance directives and guidelines.
  • Developing safety and health information in electronic and print media.

In addition to work on enforcement cases and projects, residents meet as a group with their preceptor several times per week for an organized series of discussions on essential OSHA Standards, policy issues and OOMN teaching cases. These meetings provide an educational forum to emphasize teaching points and discuss projects. In weekly enforcement rounds, residents and staff review their current cases and discuss unique aspects of each one.

Residents may also participate in a worksite investigation, when available, to obtain first-hand knowledge of the OSHA enforcement process.

Current residents training in occupational, preventive or aerospace medicine are eligible to apply (see How to Apply).