Monday, January 27, 2014

Bilingual training program, COSH Conference

Assistant Secretary Michaels addresses National COSH Conference, celebrates graduating class of bilingual training program

Dr. David Michaels addresses participants at a Jan. 9 Spanish-language safety training in New York City
Dr. David Michaels addresses participants at a Jan. 9 Spanish-language safety training in New York City.
Training workers in a language and vocabulary they understand was the cornerstone of a recent "train the trainer" course offered by worker safety groups in New York and New Jersey funded by OSHA. Twenty-nine trainers completed OSHA 500 outreach training program courses designed to provide Spanish-language safety training to workers, primarily in construction. Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health, on Jan. 9 joined staff from the United Steelworkers' Tony Mazzocchi Center for Health, Safety and Environmental Education, as well as from several worker centers in the New York metropolitan area for a graduation ceremony of certified Spanish-language trainers in New York City. "By empowering workers with knowledge about common hazards and their rights, we improve the health and well-being of the workers, and the whole community," said Dr. Michaels. The trainers will begin to offer the OSHA 10 hour construction safety course to Spanish-speaking workers.
OSHA's Dr. David Michaels with the participants of the Spanish-language safety training held at the USW's Tony Mazzocchi Center for Health, Safety and Environmental Education
OSHA's Dr. David Michaels with the participants of the Spanish-language safety training held at the USW's Tony Mazzocchi Center for Health, Safety and Environmental Education.

Dr. Michaels addresses attendees of the National Worker Health and Safety Conference
Dr. Michaels addressed attendees of the National Worker Health and Safety Conference.
On Dec. 11, Dr. Michaels addressed attendees of the National Worker Health and Safety Conference at the Maritime Institute in Linthicum Heights, Md. with an update on OSHA initiatives for enhancing the protection of temporary workers, strengthening whistleblower protections, and other topics. The conference workshops, many of which were conducted in Spanish and English, covered workers' rights under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, outreach to immigrant workers, workplace violence, and hazard communication.