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Case referrals to OSHA from an interfaith workers' rights center.

Authors
Fairfax-R; Brown-TL; Nickels-L; Sokas-RK
Source
J Occup Environ Hyg 2008 Jan; 5(1):D7-D10
NIOSHTIC No.
20037320
Abstract
This report describes the outcome of cases referred to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration by a workers' center acting as the worker representative. Immigrant Latino workers have fatal traumatic injury rates that are one-third higher than U.S. workers overall. Nationally, more than 100 workers' rights centers have formed to provide advocacy and other services to various worker communities, often using a worker-centered, participatory approach. The Chicago Interfaith Workers' Rights Center (CIWRC) is a center that provides outreach, such as training in labor rights through community venues, and follow-up peer counseling to assist with identified concerns, which are entered systematically into a database that includes complaints, the worker's decision about the course of action to pursue, and follow-up. This is a descriptive study of the 47 case records in which the worker decided to pursue an OSHA complaint and of the resulting nine OSHA inspections. In addition, hypotheses concerning factors associated with the likelihood of an OSHA inspection taking place were generated and explored.
Keywords
Occupational-safety-programs; Occupational-health-programs; Racial-factors; Worker-health; Health-protection; Health-services; Case-studies; Management-personnel
Contact
University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health, Division of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, Chicago, IL
CODEN
JOEHA2
Publication Date
20080101
Document Type
Journal Article
Editors
Fairfax-R
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2008
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-T42-OH-008672
Issue of Publication
1
ISSN
1545-9624
Source Name
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
State
IL
Performing Organization
University of Illinois at Chicago
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