250306 Passport to safety in New York: Getting youth trained online

Monday, October 31, 2011: 2:45 PM

Wendy Hord , New York State United Teachers, Latham, NY
Susan McQuade , New York Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH), New York, NY
Young workers are vulnerable in the workplace because they lack the knowledge to recognize job hazards and the confidence to speak up about them. They work in low-pay, high turnover jobs where they often receive very limited or even no training on health and safety. Despite efforts to integrate health and safety training into school programs, very few teens enter the workplace with any education on workplace safety or job rights. One possible solution is to provide training and education to young people online, accessible from school or home computers. Following the “Passport to Safety” model developed in Ontario, Canada, the New York State Young Workers Safety and Health Project has developed a pilot online training program, based on the learning objectives and activities of the NIOSH and OSHA-funded Youth @ Work—Talking Safety curriculum. Under the “Passport” model, students learn health and safety content online (or in the classroom), and take a test to validate what they've learned. The presenter will share the group's experience translating a classroom-based, highly participatory curriculum into an online learning program, and preliminary results from pilot testing with over 1000 students in New York.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Advocacy for health and health education
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Occupational health and safety
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Describe the steps and challenges involved in converting classroom-based workplace health and safety training into an online program for youth.

Keywords: Youth at Work, Workplace Safety

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: As a health and safety coordinator at New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) and member of the New York State Young Workers Safety and Health Project, I helped design and coordinate the NY Passport to Safety project described in this abstract.
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.