142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Integrating job health and safety as a critical ‘life skill' in high school programs

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 : 5:10 PM - 5:30 PM

Diane Bush, MPH , Labor Occupational Health Program, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Robin Dewey, MPH , Labor Occupational Health Program, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Helen Moss, MA , Labor Education and Research Center, University of Oregon
Laurel Kincl, PhD , College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Oregon State University
Susan McQuade, MPH , New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health
Wendy Hord , New York State United Teachers, Latham, NY
Rebecca Guerin, MA , National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Andrea Okun, DrPH , National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Carol Stephenson, PhD , National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Many national and international initiatives focus on preparing the future workforce, but most lack a focus on occupational safety and health (OSH). Given that most workers enter the labor force during their adolescent years and are at an increased risk for suffering job-related injuries and illnesses, occupational safety and health prevention efforts should target this population. Educators agree that young people should learn about workplace safety, including rights and responsibilities, but are often overwhelmed with competing demands. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has funded three states (CA, OR, NY) to explore how a curriculum (Youth @ Work—Talking Safety) that teaches foundational skills in workplace safety and health can be disseminated and institutionalized so that all students, ideally, receive OSH education by the time they finish high school. The state partners are exploring and assessing mechanisms and partnerships that can aid in institutionalizing education on these critical life skills. This presentation will discuss the strategies used and challenges faced in working with a variety of programs. Key findings include: 1) Identifying relevant educational standards is critical (i.e. Common Core, 21st Century Skills, Health Education, Career Technical Education; 2) OSH skills must be promoted as  critical thinking, problem-solving skills; 3) High school programs geared toward the workplace (career technical, “linked learning”, partnership academies, cooperative education) are the most receptive to integrating OSH training; 4) A multi-level intervention (including policy-level strategies, teacher training, and on-going outreach) is most likely to be effective.

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Occupational health and safety
Public health or related education
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines

Learning Objectives:
Describe at least three potential strategies for successfully working with high school programs to integrate workplace safety and health education.

Keyword(s): Youth, Occupational Health and Safety

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have 20 years of experience coordinating projects targeting young worker health and safety, and have coordinated the California projects described in this presentation.
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.