Online Program

Assessment of occupational safety and health hazards and health concerns among Latino construction workers in omaha, Nebraska

Monday, November 4, 2013

Theresa Tonozzi, B.S. Environmental Health, Environmental, Agricultural, and Occupational Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health, Omaha, NE
Lorena Baccaglini, DDS, MS, PhD, College of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha
Chandran Achutan, PhD, Department of Environmental, Agricultural, and Occupational Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE
Over the past four decades, the proportion of Latino/a immigrants working in the United States has increased significantly. Many of these immigrants find work in the construction industry. Through a community-academia partnership a questionnaire will be implemented to fifty construction workers from February to March 2013. The construction workers will undergo a hearing assessment and training as well. Descriptive statistics in regards to the population's demographics, safety and health training, personal protective equipment use, perception of work stress, and injury and illness history will be presented. Additionally, detection of noise-induced hearing loss from an audiometer will be compared with the worker's perception of hearing loss in the analysis.

Learning Areas:

Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Diversity and culture
Environmental health sciences
Occupational health and safety
Other professions or practice related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Describe occupational safety and health hazards as well as health concerns faced by Latino construction workers in the Omaha community. Assess hearing levels and provide training on hearing protection for Latino construction workers in the Omaha community.

Keyword(s): Community-Based Partnership, Occupational Surveillance

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: The submitted Abstract is the project for my Capstone Experience (graduate thesis) for completion of a Master of Public Health degree. Therefore, I am the principle investigator responsible for designing and implementation of the community-participatory research. Along with public health course work I have been a field research in numerous epidemiologic investigations that have provided me professional experience in the field of occupational and environmental health.
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.