212009 Implications for health and safety training in a green economy (How the Recovery Act impacts worker safety and health)

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Deborah L. Weinstock, MS , National Clearinghouse for Worker Safety and Health Training, Washington, DC
In the current climate, green job training, including teaching principles such as green chemistry, is important because of the toxicity present in our workplaces, communities, and homes; toxicity that we rarely consider or notice until it begins to make us sick. Green job training is a public health imperative if we want to avoid what could potentially become an epidemic of cancer.

What does the new green economy mean for workers? Are green jobs safe jobs? What is being done to protect workers in a new green economy? Find out the answers to these questions and others in a session on the Implications for Health and Safety Training in a Green Economy.

In October 2008 the National Institute of Environmental Health Science (NIEHS) Worker Education and Training Program (WETP) sponsored a workshop in October 2008 on the Implications for Health and Safety Training in a Green Economy. The workshop covered issues such as green chemistry, green remediation and green construction.

Learning Objectives:
Attendees of this presentation will achieve the following: 1. Learn about the current activities undertaken by the NIEHS WETP and their awardees in preparing workers for the hazards of green jobs. 2. Understand where Recovery Act money is going and the green jobs itís creating. 3. Identify gaps in researching the impacts of green work on worker safety and health. 4. Learn what organizations to partner with if you are trying to develop an effective green safety and health training program.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: education and experience
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.