3160.0 Occupational Health Internship Program (OHIP): Students Shaping the Future of OHS

Monday, October 29, 2012: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Workers continue to face a myriad of health and safety (H&S) problems, yet the current H&S workforce is aging and the number of new professionals entering the field is diminishing. Since 2004, the Occupational Health Internship Program (OHIP) has played an important role in shaping the future field. OHIP graduates have been making an impact on OHS through their research, teaching and patient care. OHIP interns with different technical, language and cultural skills are paired and placed in summer internships with unions or community groups. The teams investigate specific H&S concerns raised by workers employed in underserved or high hazard jobs. The emphases are to give students the opportunity to interact directly with workers and observe them under working conditions; provide students an understanding of the complexity of the work environment; demonstrate the importance and rewarding nature of OHS; and provide useful resources to workers. A panel of OHIP students will present their 2012 projects. Several proposed projects likely to be reported include: the impact of Cal/OSHA's outdoor heat illness prevention standard on contingent workers without union representation, with language and cultural barriers, and with limited knowledge of workers' rights, H&S conditions among workers in the warehouse industry, and chemical and radiologic exposures of retired workers at a Department of Energy gaseous diffusion plant. Presenters will describe how they involved workers in formulating their project, summarize their findings and recommendations and describe the health education product that they provided to their host union or community group.
Session Objectives: Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to: Explain the goal of student-worker collaborative field-based experience to address workplace hazards to address workplace hazards; Describe how participatory research projects can help motivate public health students or students in a related discipline to enter the field of OHS; Describe the benefits of pairing students and workers who share a common language or culture to identify and address workplace hazards.
Kevin Riley, PhD MPH
Kevin Riley, PhD MPH

Occupational Health Internship Program (OHIP): Students Shaping the Future of OHS
Sarah Jacobs, MPH, Roxana Said, MPH Candidate, Jaire Saunders, MPH candidate, Robert Harrison, MD, MPH, Linda Delp, PhD, MPH, Matt London, MS, Jane Lipscomb, PhD, RN, Ingrid A. Denis, MA, Katherine Kirkland, DrPH, MPH, Lindsay McCormick, MPH, Carmen Martinez, Mary Kathryn Fletcher and Tori Crain

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Organized by: Occupational Health and Safety

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