FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 27, 2007

CONTACT:
Christine Baker
510-622-3959


Labor Occupational Health Program, UC Berkeley, and
Labor Occupational Safety and Health Program, UCLA, are Awarded WOSHTEP
Contracts from the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation

OAKLAND -- The Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP), University of California Berkeley, and the Labor Occupational Safety and Health (LOSH) Program, UCLA, have been awarded contracts from the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation (CHSWC) to continue implementation of the innovative Worker Occupational Safety and Health Training and Education Program (WOSHTEP) in 2007 and 2008.

WOSHTEP provides injury and illness prevention skills training for employees and their representatives who take a leadership role in promoting safety and health in the workplace. The curriculum addresses promoting effective safety programs by identifying and controlling hazards in the workplace, educating employees about safety and health rights and responsibilities, and providing information about workers' compensation and return-to-work programs. Additional training materials wellness and emergency preparedness will be developed and implemented.

A new statewide network of trainers for the WOSHTEP curriculum has been developed, and network trainers work with mentor trainers from LOHP and LOSH to deliver courses in a variety of locations statewide and for a variety of different, high-priority worker populations. In 2007, delivery of WOSHTEP will be expanded further in the Central Valley and San Diego.

In addition, a health and safety training program for small businesses is offered to managers and owners of restaurants. LOHP and LOSH will continue in 2007 and 2008 to provide this training to restaurants and will develop generic health and safety tools for small businesses, as well as identify one or more employer associations for a project in another industry.

Both LOHP and LOSH maintain a resource library and distribution system of occupational safety and health training materials on a wide range of topics in several languages. Materials can be found at http://www.losh.ucla.edu/ and http://socrates.berkeley.edu/~lohp/index.html.

CHSWC 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 and WOSHTEP is available on the CHSWC web site www.dir.gov/chswc, by contacting CHSWC by writing to 1515 Clay Street, Room 901, Oakland, 94612; by phone at (510) 622-3959: by fax at (510) 622-3265; or by email chswc@dir.ca.gov.

###