266683 Occupational Health and Safety Train the Trainer Program in a Nutmeg Production Plant in Grenada, The Caribbean

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Muge Akpinar-Elci, MD, MPH , Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, St George's University, St George's, Grenada
Satesh Bidaisee, DVM, MSPH, MSB, CPH, FRSPH , Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, St. George's University, School of Medicine, St. George's, Grenada
Kamilah B. Thomas-Purcell, PhD, CHES , Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, St George's University, St George, Grenada
Omur Cinar Elci, MD, PhD, FRSPH , Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, St George's University School of Medicine, St George's, Grenada
Background and Objective: The nutmeg industry is a major contributor to the island of Grenada's economy. The goal of this program was to implement and evaluate an occupational health and safety (OHS) train the trainer program in a nutmeg production plant. Methods: The OHS train the trainer program was tailored for the nutmeg processing environment. Four workers from two nutmeg processing plants and one from the Grenada Cooperative Nutmeg Association participated the training. The training consisted of several classroom sessions and a practical session at the nutmeg plant. Result: All five trainees successfully completed the training. Three months after the initial training, one of the trainees served as a trainer and conducted the first OHS training to nutmeg workers at one of the plants. A total of 53 workers participated the training. At the pre-training evaluation, 43% of workers associated OHS with hazards in the environment such as dust and noise and 21% reported OHS as taking precautions. Thirty-six percent (36%) of the workers were unable to describe OHS. At the post-training evaluation, 83% of workers reported that OHS was related to protecting workers from hazards in the environment. Conclusions: The training served to change workers' knowledge level about OHS and to increase workers' ability to exercise safety precautions at the nutmeg processing plant. Next steps include modification of the training manual based on participant evaluations in order to further increase knowledge and skills.

Learning Areas:
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Occupational health and safety
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
To discuss the developing countries perspective on occupational health and safety training To explain and identify obstacles related to occupational health and safety training in developing countries.

Keywords: Occupational Health, Training

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been PI and Co-PI many funded grant related with occupational health. I am also principal investigator of this occupational health project.
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.