204007 Implications of workers center on health and safety training for immigrant populations

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 10:45 AM

Alfreda Holloway-Beth, MS , Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health West, Chicago, IL
Lezah P. Brown-Ellington, PhD , Health Sciences Department/Safety Program, Illinois State University, Normal, IL
Emily Ahonen, MPH , Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
Adam Kader, MA , Chicago Interfaith Committee on Worker Issues, Chicago, IL
Rosemary K. Sokas, MD, MOH, MSc , Office of Occupational Medicine, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Washington, DC
This paper will discuss the use of pre-existing data to track occupational safety and health outcomes among immigrant workers in the informal sector and potentially to identify simple data collection strategies for future surveillance or intervention effectiveness measurement. The existing data comes from an established workers' rights center that provides outreach training focused on worker rights and facilitating worker-led actions to address identified problems such as discrimination and wage theft,including workplace injury and hazard concerns. Data were originally entered into a Filemaker-Pro database by worker center staff and transferred to SAS V9.2.

987 workers enrolled between March, 2005 and February 2009. 65% were male, 35% were female, 0.3% (n=3) were missing gender status and 84% Latino. The most frequently spoken primary languages were Spanish(62 %) and Polish(11%). 91% reported working in manual labor jobs. At enrollment, 40% had been fired or laid off, 13% quit their jobs due to unfair conditions, 17% were still employed, and 29% had missing data in this category. Workers filed complaints when they felt that they had been treated unfairly or discriminated against while on the job. There were 32 OSHA complaints during this time period. The Worker Center provides a meaningful organizational platform for fair treatment for clients that may have language barriers and little to no resources for worker justice in that 16 companies were fined by a regulatory agency, and 200 of the wage and hour complaints were resolved.

Learning Objectives:
Learning objectives: To provide a new baseline for an evaluation of participatory Spanish language safety training intervention on day laborers’ attitudes and actions of workplace health and safety. Baseline data for Chicago workers’ center will be assessed by characterizing the demographics, employment status, of occupation-related concerns of workers seeking assistance at the center. This aspect of the round table will discuss obstacles concerning comparability of pre-existing data with new research data. The pre-existing data will be used as the baseline and denominator for the research data. Using this data allows us to perform multi-year analyses concerning occupationally-related issues workers which sought assistance for at the center.

Keywords: Immigrants, OSHA

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have a Master's of Science in Epidemiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health. I am currently a PhD student in the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Division at the University of Illinois at Chicago. I am a research assistant for the OSHA funded More than Training- Training grant under the supervision of Dr. Rosemary Sokas, the former EOHS Division Director. I have had several abstracts accepted by APHA and other health related conferences. I have been trained in data collection, data management,and data analysis using Excel, Access, SAS, SPSS, and STATA software programs. List of Accepted Abstracts include 2008 AIDS Patient Care and STD Journal General Hygiene, Sexual Risk Behavior and HIV Prevalence in Truck Drivers from Andhra Pradesh, South India: Implications for Prevention Interventions. John Schneider, Annie Dude, M. Dinaker, Vinodi Kumar, Edward Laumann, Alfreda Holloway-Beth, Ganesh Oruganti, Ganesh, Gurcharon Saluja, Vishnu Chundi, Vijay Yeldandi, Kenneth Mayer; University of Chicago, Infectious Diseases, University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, ICHHA, University of Chicago, Sociology, University of Chicago,Infectious Diseases MediCiti, Microbiology, Miriam Hospital, Infectious Disease. 136th APHA Annual Meeting & Exposition in San Diego, CA HIV Infection and Sexual Risk Behavior Among Truck Drivers (TD) Employed by a Large Corporation in the High Prevalence State of Andhra Pradesh (AP), South India. Annie M. Dude, PhD, Alfreda Holloway-Beth, MS, M. Dinaker, MD, Edward O. Laumann, PhD, Ganesh Oruganti, MD, S.G. Prem Kumar, MSc, Vinod Kumar, MBBS, Gurcharon Salujah, MD, Vijay Yeldandi, MD, Kenneth H. Mayer, MD and John Schneider, MD,MPH. 2007,American Public Health Association (APHA) in Washington, DC; Measuring Pregnancy “Intentions” of Young African-American Women – A Prospective Mixed Methods Study. Nadine Peacock, Linda Factor, Alan Schwartz, Rachel Seymour, Melissa Gilliam, Kenya McRae, Raquel Qualls-Hampton, Alfreda Holloway-Beth; University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health, Division of Community Health Sciences. 2006,46th Annual Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC); A Nosocomial Outbreak of Acinetobacter baumannii Harboring an OXA-40 carbapenemase. A. Holloway-Beth1, M.A. Lavin2, S. Welbel2, J. Quinn2, C. Evans1, T. Rice2, K. Lolans2, R. Hershow1; 1University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Chicago, IL, 2 Stroger Hospital, Chicago, IL.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

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