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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is the U.S. federal agency that conducts research and makes recommendations to prevent worker injury and illness. NIOSH research is key to these efforts and provides practical solutions to identified problems.

NIOSH offers free curriculum, Youth@Work-Talking Safety, which is designed to help educators teach young people the basics of job health and safety in a fun and interesting way. The curriculum includes information relevant to every occupation and the activities highlight hazards and prevention strategies from a wide variety of workplaces where young people are often employed. The curriculum is available for each state and can be found here.

The assessment component of the Youth@Work-Talking Safety measures a student's acquisition of the foundational workplace safety and health skills taught through the NIOSH curriculum.


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Assessment Blueprint Information
For an overview of the Talking Safety assessment including competencies covered, distribution of content, and sample questions, click here.

Administration Details

  • Online administration through QuadNet, NOCTI's online assessment system
  • Written component only
  • Available as a pre- and post-test
  • Tests are available in Text-to-Speech format

Digital Badge
Students successfully passing the Talking Safety assessment with a 74% or higher will earn a digital badge issued by NIOSH. To learn more about digital badges, click here.