The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA

4216.0: Tuesday, November 12, 2002 - 3:14 PM

Abstract #40442

Popular Education for Worker Health and Safety: Analysis of the Past, Innovations and Challenges for the Future

Linda L. Delp, MPH1, Joseph Zanoni, MILR2, Dorothy Wigmore3, Susan Moir4, Deborah Rosenstein5, Tobi M Lippin6, Tom McQuiston7, Linda Cook7, Gary Morris7, and Paul Renner8. (1) Center for Labor Research and Education, UCLA, Box 951478, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1478, 310 794-5976,, (2) School of Public Health Occupational and Environmental Education and Research Center, University of Illinois, 2121 W. Taylor M/C 922, Chicago, IL 60612, (3) Labour Studies Programme, McMaster University, KTH 717, 1280 Main St. W., Hamilton, ON L8S4M4, Canada, (4) Construction Occuaptional Health Program, University of Massachusetts Lowell, One University Ave, Lowell, MA 01854, (5) United Food & Commercial Workers Union, 1775 K St. NW, Washington, DC 20006, (6) New Perspectives Consulting Group, Inc., 1429 Broad St., Durham, NC 27705, (7) PACE Union, 117 Balsalm Ct., Chapel Hill, NC 27514, (8) Labor Institute, 31 West 15th St., 6th Floor, New York, NY 10011

This participatory roundtable session will focus on the role of popular education as an approach to involve workers in changing hazardous workplace conditions and in restructuring traditional education and evaluation programs. The session is organized in two parts. The first half will begin with an overview of influences, trends and tensions in how popular education has been used in the field of occupational health and safety since OSHA was established in 1970. This will be followed by hands-on demonstrations and an analysis of 1) ergonomics education to challenge decisions about work organization and 2) theater as a method to develop and practice strategies for workplace change.

The second half of the session highlights innovations and challenges in the field. Presenters will discuss the use of popular education to: 1) address the contradiction between management prerogative and worker empowerment for action, 2) equalize power relations between the educator/facilitator and participants in education settings and 3) involve workers in designing and implementing an innovative approach to evaluating occupational health and safety education programs. (See individual abstracts for more details)

Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to

Keywords: Education, Occupational Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

Popular Education for Workers H&S: Analysis of Past, Innovations and Challenges for the Future (Part 1)

The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA