Case referrals to OSHA from an interfaith workers' rights center.
Fairfax-R; Brown-TL; Nickels-L; Sokas-RK
J Occup Environ Hyg 2008 Jan; 5(1):D7-D10
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.
Occupational-safety-programs; Occupational-health-programs; Racial-factors; Worker-health; Health-protection; Health-services; Case-studies; Management-personnel
University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health, Division of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, Chicago, IL
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
University of Illinois at Chicago