230320 Green jobs, safe jobs more than a buzz word

Monday, November 8, 2010 : 8:30 AM - 8:45 AM

Steven Hecker, MSPH , Dept of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Linda Delp, PhD , Labor Occupational Safety & Health Program, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Kevin Riley, PhD MPH , Labor Occupational Safety and Health Program, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Michael Willis, MBA , Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
This paper describes two pilot projects to integrate worker health and safety into green jobs programs with a focus on green buildings. As part of an NIEHS-funded worker training consortium, we developed outreach and education programs in two distinct urban settings Los Angeles and Seattle. We highlight challenges and successes in the development of educational materials, outreach to workers and community members through pre-apprenticeship programs, and collaboration with social justice and workforce development programs in our respective cities. The curriculum development process is described with particular focus on 1) the balance between hard construction and OHS skills on the one hand and understanding of climate change and other environmental science and policy issues on the other; and 2) determining at what level pre-apprentice trainees can actually be involved in decision-making and action on green building systems and features. We detail the role of multiple parties to the process of curriculum development, piloting, and implementation including the students themselves, training program staff, scientists and occupational health professionals, and contractors engaged in green building design and construction. We analyze our work in the context of serious economic crises and pose questions about how we as occupational health professionals can integrate worker health into public policy discussions that seek to improve environmental conditions inside and outside the workplace.

Learning Areas:
Environmental health sciences
Occupational health and safety

Learning Objectives:
Identify the components of this green construction health and safety training program. Define the role of multiple parties to the process of curriculum development, piloting, and implementation.

Keywords: Occupational Safety, Environmental Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I serve as Program Director for the NIEHS-funded training program at the University of Washington and I oversaw the creation of this green jobs training project in Seattle.
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.