Online Program

Interdisciplinary safety and health training for teachers of students/young adult workers with special health care needs

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Derek G. Shendell, DEnv, MPH, Environmental & Occupational Health and CSCBRE, UMDNJ-School of Public Health, Piscataway, NJ
Amy Lewis, MPH, Center for School and Community-Based Research and Education, UMDNJ-School of Public Health, New Brunswick, NJ
Sarah W. Kelly, MPH, CSCBRE/NJ Safe Schools Program, UMDNJ-School of Public Health, New Brunswick, NJ
Alison Murtha, CHES, Department of Health Systems & Policy and Center for School and Community-Based Research and Education, UMDNJ-School of Public Health,, New Brunswick, NJ
Ashley Mapou, MS, PhD (c), Environmental & Occupational Health and CSCBRE, UMDNJ-School of Public Health, Piscataway, NJ
The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-School of Public Health's NJ Safe Schools Program (NJ SS) is dedicated to assisting secondary school programs to reduce occupational safety and health hazards (S&H) in classroom and worksite microenvironments. In 2010-2012 NJ SS focused part of its training efforts on piloting a new half-day (2-3 hour) training on S&H topics for secondary school career-vocational-technical teachers of students with special health care needs (SHCN). These students may have physical, intellectual and developmental disabilities, e.g., autism spectrum disorders including Asperger's syndrome. In 2013, NJ SS, in collaboration with multiple clinical, education and technology stakeholders throughout NJ, has secured additional funding to expand, develop and conduct full-day trainings throughout NJ for teachers and other staff professionals. This presentation will describe the training. The overall goal is to expand S&H knowledge and awareness by providing colleagues and students with SHCN with new and/or publically available resources plus learning and work placement opportunities. The interdisciplinary team will use short lectures, videos, demonstrations, sharing anecdotes and evaluation/needs assessment surveys. The agenda will cover the curriculum and topics like hygiene, infection control, ergonomics, exposure agent identification and mitigation or prevention, job coaching and placement recruitment strategies, and “soft skills” critical to workplace success. We also will incorporate activities from the NIOSH Youth@Work Talking Safety curriculum. Exercises involving hazard mapping of microenvironments in which students with SHCN typically are placed for work experiences are included. This training should enhance the preparation of students/young adults with SHCN entering community workplaces.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Environmental health sciences
Occupational health and safety
Other professions or practice related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Describe available learning tools for increasing knowledge and awareness of safety and health (S&H) for students with special health care needs (SHCN, e.g., physical, developmental and/or intellectual disabilities plus possibly chronic disease comorbidity). Describe potential environmental and occupational S&H issues related to students with SHCN, based on injury reporting/surveillance data to date. Identify resources available online via state and federal agencies and non-profit organizations to support workplace S&H for students with SHCN and their teachers.

Keyword(s): Youth at Work, Special Needs

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I “bridge” science, education and policy in multidisciplinary fashion to reduce and/or prevent environmental exposures and health effects via community/schools-based research with local participation; educational trainings and materials, service and technical assistance. Research/professional publications include: • incident (injury) surveillance among minors/young workers, including among special health care needs students; • indoor air and environmental quality in homes, offices and schools; • ventilation and energy efficiency, and linkages to student attendance; • child/older adult asthma.
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.