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Reducing injury risk of students in vocational-technical schools and young workers in small businesses.

Palassis-J; Sweeney-MH
ICOH 2002 Oct; :315-316
NIOSH estimates that in USA each year 200,000 adolescent workers suffer work-related injuries. Many States mandate that vocational schools and small businesses have safety and health programs, conduct hazard analysis, and do safety inspections, maintenance, and comply with safety, health, and environmental regulations. To address these needs, NIOSH has taken a leading role to reduce injury risk by increasing safety and health awareness and safety education of vocational school students, teachers, administrators, and small businesses owners. NIOSH in conjunction with Environmental Occupational Health Sciences Institute of NJ developed an occupational and environmental safety checklists program. This program contains instructions on how to establish, implement, and maintain an occupational safety, health, and environmental program within the school and small business. It is comprised of over 80 safety checklists that cover occupational and environmental hazards found at schools -and especially in the shops and small businesses. The program helps the user prepare for and participate in OSHA- and EPA type compliance inspections. It enables the users of the checklists to identify occupational safety and health and environmental hazards and areas that need improvement. It can be utilized by the teachers, students and young workers to help them learn about government regulations pertinent to their shop and workplace. The program provides technical assistance, resources, and guidance to ensure that the school is in compliance with occupational safety and health and environmental regulations. The document will soon be available as a CD-ROM and on the NIOSH web site at For free copies of the CD-ROM call 1-800-356-4674.
Injuries; Injury-prevention; Work-environment; Occupational-hazards; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Safety-programs; Occupational-health-programs; Occupational-safety-programs; Risk-analysis; Risk-factors; Environmental-factors; Environmental-hazards
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Best Practices in Occupational Safety and Health, Education, Training, and Communication: Ideas That Sizzle, 6th International Conference, Scientific Committee on Education and Training in Occupational Health, ICOH, In Cooperation with The International Communication Network, ICOH, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, October 28-30, 2002
Page last reviewed: April 12, 2019
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division