Online Program

Comparing the impact on knowledge and awareness among young workers of online and in-person means of delivering OSHA 10 General Industry training

Monday, November 2, 2015

Derek G. Shendell, DEnv, MPH, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Rutgers SPH (and EOHSI), Piscataway, NJ
Siobhan Kelly, Ed.D, Camden County Technical Schools, Sicklerville, NJ
Alexsandra Apostolico, BS, MPH (c), Department of Epidemiolgy, and Center for School and Community Based Research and Education, Rutgers School of Public Health, 683 Hoes Lane West, 3rd Floor SPH Building, Piscataway, NJ 08854, Piscataway, NJ
S. Ayesha Ahmed, BS, MPH (c), Center for School and Community-Based Research and Education, and NJ Safe Schools Program, Rutgers, The State University of NJ, New Brunswick, NJ, New Brunswick, NJ
Introduction: The New Jersey Safe Schools Program (NJSS) is dedicated to assisting secondary schools in reducing occupational safety and health hazards (S&H) in classrooms and at worksites.

Methods: In NJSS FY14 grant year (11/2013-10/2014), we enrolled seven total school districts (SD)/comprehensive high schools (HS), including NJ’s six “Green Programs of Study,” into either OSHA 10 for General Industry or for Construction via the CareerSafe online training provider, per FY13 final report recommendations by NJSS to NJ Department of Education. The goal was to determine the feasibility of online training for students, given lack of resources for in-person trainings statewide. The original goal was 20 students per SD/HS; we then focused seniors ages 17-19 (9-20 per site).

Outcomes: We will share a summary numbers of students enrolled/vouchers purchased, how many finished (they had until 3/2-6/2015, i.e., six months), and input from the primary teachers supervising/proctoring those participating students on their collective experience with CareerSafe online courses. In one district, there were 86/91 students who will complete OSHA 10 General Industry online between October 2014 and February, 2015; during these months, 53/57 students have completed the same course in-person with an authorized trainer. Both groups took the same OSHA-approved “Introduction to OSHA” quiz at the end of the training; “Introduction to OSHA” is a two-hour component at the start of the training. Detailed analyses will be conducted March-October, 2015. Preliminary descriptive results indicated teacher supervision was critical, and girls had higher online course completion rates and overall quiz scores, and never failed.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Occupational health and safety
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Describe the content/outline of the OSHA 10 General Industry and Construction training for workers; Identify differences between online and in-person training modes for occupational safety and health, Discuss health and safety and risk education strategies and policies targeting young workers/young adults.

Keyword(s): Adolescents, Occupational Health and Safety

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Dr. Derek G. Shendell, D.Env, MPH, is an Associate (tenure-track) Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, School of Public Health (SPH), Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. He is Director of NJ Safe Schools Program, and co-Director of the Center for School and Community-Based Research and Education at SPH. He focuses on community/schools-based research with local participation in planning and execution; educational trainings and materials, service and technical assistance; and evidence-based policy advocacy.
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.