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Using computer application to enhance occupational safety and health in career-technical education.

American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition, May 21-26, 2005, Anaheim, California. Fairfax, VA: American Industrial Hygiene Association, 2005 May; :40-41
Site visits to many high schools in different States indicated the lack of a safety and health program in place and the need for such program for schools that would be ready to use to organize a S&H committee, conduct hazard analysis and safety inspections, and comply with safety, health, and environmental regulations. To address these needs, NIOSH has undertaken a four-year developmental effort to organize such program for school teachers, administrators, and even students to reduce injury risk by increasing safety and health awareness and safety education. NIOSH in conjunction with Environmental Occupational Health Sciences Institute of NJ developed an occupational and environmental safety checklist program. The program contains instructions on how to establish, implement, and maintain an occupational safety, health, and environmental program within a school. The main strength of this program is its 82 safety checklists that cover occupational and environmental hazards found at schools. The program helps the user prepare for and participate in OSHA- and EPA-type compliance inspections and identify occupational safety and health and environmental hazards and areas that need improvement. The program can be utilized by teachers, and students to help them learn about government regulations pertinent to their shop and workplace. The computer-based program is free and available in CD-ROM format from NIOSH (publ. #2004-101). The program provides technical assistance, resources and many links to OS&H web sites, and guidance to ensure that the school is safe and meets compliance with occupational safety and health and environmental regulations. Almost 30,000 copies were distributed to schools and professionals, and numerous school districts have implemented it in their system.
Computer-software; Computers; Occupational-health; Occupational-safety-programs; Safety-monitoring; Safety-measures; Safety-programs; Safety-education; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Environmental-health-monitoring
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American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition, May 21-26, 2005, Anaheim, California