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Public funding for worker education in occupational health and safety.
Ann NY Acad Sci 1989 Dec; 572:67-71
The need for worker education in occupational health and safety was discussed, and models for publicly funded worker education programs within several states were presented. The funding mechanisms and program designs were discussed and evaluated. Occupational health education and training for workers and employers must be an integral part of any effective program to control hazards at the workplace. Education also helps to build a constituency for maintaining occupational health and safety programs as well as regulation, enforcement, and new legislation. Funds from the New Directions program enabled organizations to develop and expand worker education programs and hire professionals to carry out these programs. It seeded the development of innovative materials and teaching techniques. When these funds were cut, these groups looked to the state level for assistance. The experience in several states suggests a range of such programs and provides lessons on how to finance and organize them. Several state programs are individually described including ones in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, and New York. In 1985 a change in the workers' compensation law created an Office of Safety to train employers and employees. The goals of all such programs were to provide workers with information on the hazards they face, available control technology including work practice and administrative controls, and worker and employer rights and responsibilities.
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