3262.1: Monday, November 13, 2000: 8:30 PM-10:00 PM

Internet Resources and the Digital Divide in Occupational Health: Health Disparities in Training and Protecting Workers

While access to computer-based information becomes increasingly more sophisticated for the digital 'haves', it is becoming increasingly inaccessible to the 'have-nots.' In the occupational health field, the digital divide is impacting the quality of training that workers receive, as well as their ability to easily access critical information. Health disparities are being exacerbated as information providers increasingly rely on electronic media for transmission of information to at-risk populations with low levels of computer literacy because it is perceived to be cheaper, faster and better. Yet, workers and their advocates who lack access to these technologies are increasingly isolated from health-protective information. This panel discussion will address current issues of access to computer and web-based training for workers and their advocates especially in the area of occupational and environmental health information. Possible solutions will be sought to reduce the disparities of access to information technology. During the past year, the NIEHS Worker Education and Training Program has held a technical workshop on Advanced Training Technologies (ATT) in worker safety training, issued a technical report and launched pilot projects in a number of industry settings. Panelists will represent NIEHS, its National Clearinghouse and supported union and university grantees who have begun efforts to span digital divide issues in the workplace. Computer and web-based training in the workplace is perceived to threaten efforts to build worker participation. Lessons learned from the initial NIEHS ATT pilots will be presented and emerging concerns for creating more accessible training, for establishing protocols for worker-centered technology deployment and for building computer fluency in the workforce
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement.
Learning Objectives: Refer to the individual abstracts for learning objectives
Facilitator(s):Joseph T. "Chip" Hughes Jr, MPH
8:30 PMComputer and internet-based training for safety and health
Ruth Ruttenberg, PhD, John Moran, BS, Don Elisburg, JD
8:43 PMHAZWOPER: Utilizing Advanced Training Technologies--The NIEHS Report
Donald Elisburg, BS, JD, John B. Moran, BS, Ruth Ruttenberg, Phd
8:56 PMInternational electronic collaboration for occupational & environmental health
Gary N Greenberg, MDMPH, Kathleen Kirkland, MPH
9:09 PMIs the Small Group Activity Method (SGAM) Conducive to Internet Training? Evaluation of an Innovative Approach to Environmental and Occupational Health Training in a Union Setting
Luis A. Vazquez, MPH, Andrew J. Comai, MS, Judith Daltuva, MSW, MA, Pamela Vossenas, MPH, Thomas G. Robins, MD, MPH
9:22 PMRail Workers Hazardous Materials Training Program ATT Pilot Project
Brenda M. Cantrell, BA
9:35 PMMaking sense of the new Bureau of Labor Statistics data
Theodore K. Courtney, MS, CSP, Barbara S. Webster, BSPT, PA-C
9:48 PMPreventing construction worker hearing loss with computer-based tailored training
M.J. Kerr, PhD, RN, L.M. Baer, MA, M.L. Arnold, L.R. Johnson, RN, BSN, MPH(can), N.C. Huynh, BA, MFA, BSN(can)
Sponsor:Occupational Health and Safety
Cosponsors:Environment; Health Administration; Public Health Education and Health Promotion; Socialist Caucus

The 128th Annual Meeting of APHA