FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 3, 2005

CONTACT:
Christine Baker
510-622-3959


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

OAKLAND -- The Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP), UC 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 2005 and 2006.

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.

A new statewide network of trainers for the WOSHTEP curriculum is being developed, and the first training of trainers was offered in April 2005. These trainers will work with mentor trainers from LOHP and LOSH to deliver courses in a variety of locations and for a variety of different, high-priority worker populations statewide.

In addition, a health and safety training program for small businesses has been developed and offered to managers and owners of restaurants. LOHP and LOSH will focus on providing this training to restaurants in 2005 and will identify an additional industry for outreach and training for 2006.

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. The Commission 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 WOSHTEP is available at www.dir.ca.gov/chswc, by writing to Christine Baker, CHSWC Executive Officer, 1515 Clay Street, Room 901, Oakland, California 94612, or by calling (510) 622-3959.

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