FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 1, 2006
CHSWC Announces New WOSHTEP Brochure
OAKLAND -- The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation (CHSWC) is pleased to announce that a new brochure is available on the Worker Occupational Safety and Health Training and Education Program (WOSHTEP). WOSHTEP is a statewide effort aimed at reducing job-related injuries and illnesses among California workers. This program was created as part of workers' compensation reform and is administered by CHSWC in partnership with the Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP) at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Labor Occupational Safety and Health Program (LOSH) at the University of California, Los Angeles.
WOSHTEP sponsors a variety of workplace health and safety training programs and distributes education materials on job safety. Particular emphasis is placed on reaching employers and workers in industries with significant injuries, illnesses, and workers' compensation costs. Focus is also on groups with special needs, such as workers and employers who do not speak English as their first language, those with limited literacy, those in traditionally underserved industries or occupations, those in small businesses, and young people entering the workforce. A labor-management Advisory Board guides the development of all activities, broadens partnerships with the employer, worker and insurance communities, and evaluates the program.
The new brochure provides an overview of key components of WOSHTEP:
- Worker Occupational Safety and Health (WOSH) Specialist Training – a 24-hour health and safety course which introduces participants to key occupational health and safety concepts and how to take a leadership role in the workplace.
- Small Business Resources – easy-to-use health and safety training materials for small businesses, particularly those in the restaurant industry.
- Young Worker Health and Safety Programs – educational programs to educate youth just entering the workforce about the importance of health and safety on the job and how to take a health and safety leadership role in their communities.
- Resource Centers in Northern and Southern California – housed at LOHP and LOSH, providing printed and online materials on occupational health and safety, technical and research assistance, referrals to state and local health and safety agencies, and an electronic bibliography, Multilingual Health & Safety Resources: A Guide to Worker Training Materials on the Web.
CHSWC, created by the workers' compensation reform legislation of 1993, is charged with overseeing the health and safety and workers' compensation systems in California and recommending administrative or legislative modifications to improve their operation. CHSWC was established to conduct a continuing examination of the workers' compensation system and of the state's activities to prevent industrial injuries and occupational diseases and to examine those programs in other states.
Information about CHSWC may be accessed on the Internet at CHSWC's home page at www.dir.ca.gov/chswc. A copy of the brochure, information about WOSHTEP and information about CHSWC may also be obtained by writing to CHSWC at 1515 Clay Street, Suite 901, Oakland, California, 94612, by calling (510) 622-3959, by faxing a request to (510) 622-3265, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.