Reaching Spanish-speaking workers and employers with occupational safety and health information.
Safety is seguridad: a workshop summary - communicating occupational safety and health information to Spanish speaking workers, May 29-30, 2002, San Diego, California. Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 2003 Jan; 93-112
This paper addresses the informational needs of Spanish speaking workers, their employers and occupational safety and health (OSH) practitioners as it relates to occupational safety and health, with a particular focus on the communication channels most appropriate for reaching these audiences. Since other papers in this series are examining the background of occupational injuries and illnesses among Spanish-speaking workers in the U.S. and the present state of the availability of Spanish language OSH materials, this paper will not address these issues. The employee population that is the subject of this inquiry is "Spanish-speaking workers." This includes foreign-born residents who have immigrated from Latin America and, to a much smaller extent, from Spain, as well as U.S.-born individuals who speak Spanish as their primary language. It should be noted at the start of this inquiry that, while we are referring not to "Hispanics/Latinos" but to "Spanish-speaking" individuals, little data exists specifically on the latter group. These two groups differ in two ways: first, the former includes a substantial segment for whom Spanish is not the primary language; secondly, the latter includes people whose country of origin is Spain. For this reason, this paper will refer to data on the "Hispanic/Latino" population with the understanding that the two are not entirely equivalent. In addition, it should be recognized that while "Spanish-speaking" does not necessarily mean "immigrant," this paper will focus much attention on the Latino immigrant population, for two reasons: 1) a high percentage of the population in this country whose primary language is Spanish are recent immigrants from Latin America; and 2) the recent immigrant population is at especially high risk for workplace injury and illness and, therefore, warrants particular attention in the process of developing strategies for Spanish-language OSH training, education and outreach.
Racial-factors; Occupational-health-programs; Occupational-sociology; Information-processing; Information-systems; Demographic-characteristics; Training; Education
Tom O'Connor Consultant North Carolina Committee on Occupational Safety and Health 133 Circadian Way Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Safety is seguridad: a workshop summary - communicating occupational safety and health information to Spanish speaking workers, May 29-30, 2002, San Diego, California
National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC