The program of Educational Resource Centers (ERCs) was outlined and specific examples of what ERCs could do for small industries were given. Every ERC should develop a clinic based occupational safety and health program. Such a program could serve to focus the coalition between epidemiology, clinical medicine and nursing, industrial hygiene, safety, and research. It could be a training resource for students and graduate health professionals, and an orientation location for business leaders and workers. The author states that small industries do not have the time, expertise, or financial resources to develop access to occupational safety and health services. ERCs could provide the expertise for them, replace their time with that of the ERC staff and students, and obtain financial resources through a grant or contract mechanism. Taking baseline histories of past worker exposures was another project example. ERC and small businesses would benefit from activities such as occupational safety and health record systems, preventive health services, hypertension control, weight maintenance, immunization, tuberculosis testing, occupational and reproductive history taking, workplace assessment, safety meetings, food and water inspections, first aid training, and assisting in the interpretation of laws. ERCs should develop outreach programs with academic credit for health personnel, business, and labor leaders.
Occupational Safety and Health Symposia 1979, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 80-139