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NIOSH Hispanic outreach program.

Rodriguez-M; Kawamoto-M
American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition, May 8-13, 2004, Atlanta, Georgia. Fairfax, VA: American Industrial Hygiene Association, 2004 May; :85
Hispanics are now the largest minority population in the U.S. and it is expected that the Hispanic population will double by 2020. Hispanics are overrepresented in the most hazardous industries: construction, agriculture, food processing, and apparel manufacturing. These industries have numerous occupational hazards with associated chronic effects. The major obstacle faced by employers and occupational safety and health professionals is a language barrier since many of the Hispanic employees do not speak English. NIOSH has begun various efforts to inform Hispanic workers about health hazards in the workplace. NIOSH has developed a toll-free information number with English and Spanish response options, a website with information and publications in Spanish and links to other Spanish language websites, and the Health Hazard Evaluation (HHE) Programís information pamphlet and request form have been made available in Spanish. NIOSH is exploring Hispanic outreach through radio and television by incorporating health-related plots into programs. The NIOSH Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance Branch has developed a pilot project on Hispanic outreach in Cincinnati, Ohio. The objective of this project is to increase awareness about the occupational safety and health issues and resources, particularly the NIOSH HHE program. The outreach strategy involves the participation of local and state government agencies and community-based organizations. Through a coordinated effort, these groups will provide Hispanic workers in the Cincinnati area with information about how to get help on work-related issues. Hispanic outreach efforts are receiving national attention. NIOSH, OSHA, EPA, and many state and city governments have implemented some form of Hispanic outreach activities. The task is complex, but providing information and access to occupational safety and health services is the first step toward reducing the number of work-related fatalities and preventing work-related illnesses among Hispanic workers.
Demographic-characteristics; Racial-factors; Construction-industry; Agricultural-industry; Food-processing-industry; Occupational-hazards; Health-hazards
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American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition, May 8-13, 2004, Atlanta, Georgia