4121.0 Occupational Health Disparities Institute: Immigrant Workers in Construction

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 10:30 AM
Immigrant workers, particularly foreign born Latina/os, experience death and physical injury in construction work at elevated rates. Language differences, lack of training, knowledge of safety practices and inadequate enforcement are elements that are thought to contribute to these disparities. The emergence of a shadow economy in which immigrant workers perform the most hazardous work without benefit of formal employment relationships or unions may also play a role. An example of a public health response includes partnerships between occupational health researchers and community based workers' centers that seek to involve immigrant workers in critically analyzing risk factors and taking action to reduce their exposures to hazardous conditions. Such worker-based centers provide the setting for culturally relevant training that allows workers to evaluate unsafe exposures and think through possible health and safety actions. This session will present work from the Labor/Rutgers' peer-led, participatory Spanish language safety training intervention on Latino day laborers' attitudes and actions; data collected by the Chicago Interfaith Center on Workers' Issues to describe their organizing and direct action to respond to workplace safety hazards; and baseline data on PPE use, injury, outcomes and worker attitudes collected by the Latino Union/CICWI/University of Illinois. This session will also include presentation of an adaptation and use of OSHA 10-hour training for Spanish-speaking workers will also be presented and discussed.
Session Objectives: Describe the context in which immigrant workers often work and challenges that context presents for workers and health and safety (H&S) protection. Explain the principles of a participatory H&S training program for immigrant workers in construction and the outcomes that one partnership documented in interactions with immigrant workers. Describe an evaluation of a Spanish language training program and compare the baseline outcomes of the training in terms of PPE use, knowledge of workers and attitudes toward health and safety actions at work. Describe the adaptation of OSHA 10-hour training for Spanish speaking construction workers.

10:30 AM
Self Reported Occupational Injuries Among Hispanic Construction Workers in Chicago
María E. Gutiérrez, DVM, MS, Rosemary K. Sokas, MD,MOH, MSc, Lezah Brown, PhD and Emily Ahonen, MPH
10:45 AM
Implications of workers center on health and safety training for immigrant populations
Alfreda Holloway-Beth, MS, Lezah P. Brown-Ellington, PhD, Emily Ahonen, MPH, Adam Kader, MA and Rosemary K. Sokas, MD,MOH, MSc
11:00 AM
NJ immigrant day laborers in construction: Evaluation of a training intervention
Michele L. Ochsner, PhD, Quintin L. Williams Jr, PhD and Elizabeth G. Marshall, PhD
11:15 AM
A new channel for construction safety information in Spanish: Primetime telenovelas
Diego Castaneda, MPH, Pietra Check, MPH, Grace Huang, MPH, Leslie M. Rodriguez, RD, LD, MA, Jim Platner, Michelle Alban and Thomas W. Valente, PhD

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Organized by: Occupational Health and Safety
Endorsed by: Socialist Caucus

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)