Construction, heat-stress hazards among program areas
Salem, OR — The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) has awarded three grants totaling more than $89,000 to help organizations develop workplace safety and health education programs.
The recipients are:
Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition (O[yes]): Online Training for Young Workers
The coalition will craft online learning courses aimed at boosting safety training for young workers. The project, based on standards established by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and O[yes], will be reviewed by experts and young workers involved in high school programs.
The online courses, created with Adobe Captivate, will include ongoing questions to test participants' knowledge and an overall knowledge assessment at the end of the coursework. Participants may earn a certificate for completing the online training. Grant award: $9,400
Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Oregon/Columbia Chapter: Focus Four Health in Construction
The AGC will create both a video and trainer-led presentation covering four major health hazards in construction: asbestos, silica, lead, and noise. The video will not only introduce each hazard but also deliver the emotional punch needed for workers to understand that health and safety are matters of life and death.
The presentation will provide details surrounding each construction hazard. Those details include the need for personal protective equipment and the relevant Oregon OSHA rules, but with a particular focus on choosing the most effective method to address the hazard by relying on what is known as the "hierarchy of controls." That system aims to pinpoint controls that work effectively without depending on the behavior of individual employees. Grant award: $40,000
Northwest Forest Worker Center: Preventing Heat Stress Among Forest Workers in Southern Oregon
The nonprofit group will develop Spanish-language flip charts, approved by federal OSHA, that are designed to help prevent heat-related illness. Trained Community Health Workers will use the flip charts in interactive sessions. To reduce workers' fear of retaliation for attending workshops, the CHWs recruit workers for training by using extended social networks. Likewise, CHWs also will train workers in their homes, in the hotels where they stay, in the Northwest Forest Worker Center's office, and in community centers and churches. Grant award: $40,000
The Oregon Legislature launched the Occupational Safety and Health Education and Training Grant Program in 1990. Award recommendations are made by Oregon OSHA's Safe Employment Education and Training Advisory Committee, an advisory group with members from business, organized labor, and government.