Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2004-132, 2004 Feb; :1-76
This report summarizes the content of a fall 1999 national conference on occupational safety and health training. The conference addressed emerging issues in training especially in light of challenges posed by a global economy, advances in telecommunications, changes in workplace conditions and organizational practices, and changes in workforce demographics. The scope of the subject matter covered and the manner of addressing topics through plenary, panel, and breakout sessions enabled numerous views to be expressed among stakeholders and other participants. The report is divided into five sections. The first section, Needs and Challenges, introduces the main theme of the conference. Presentations described in this section emphasize aspects of workplace and workforce changes and their implications for occupational safety and health (aSH) training. For example, the growth of new technologies, products, and services produces ever-changing jobs and thereby imposes nearly continual training demands on workers to ensure adequate job skills. How best to formalize and package aSH training to fit new, dynamic job situations needs to be addressed. Even more formidable is the fact that the workforce is becoming more diverse in culture, language, literacy levels, and related capabilities. These challenges, combined with the growing numbers of temporary or contract workers who do not have the same relationship with management as regular employers, present special difficulties in meeting current aSH training needs. Noted too is the problem of how to pro- vide adequate aSH training to the increasing number of low-wage workers, many of whom have the most hazardous jobs.