The Worker Occupational Safety and Health Training and Education Program (WOSHTEP)
- An exciting statewide initiative aimed at reducing occupational injuries and illnesses and workers' compensation costs in California workplaces.
- Administered by the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation in the Department of Industrial Relations, through interagency agreements with the Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP) at UC Berkeley, serving Northern California, the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (WCAHS) at UC Davis, serving California's Central Valley, and the Labor Occupational Safety and Health Program (LOSH) at UCLA, serving Southern California.
The purpose of WOSHTEP is to reduce job-related injuries and illnesses among California workers. By promoting health and safety on the job, WOSHTEP can also help lower workers' compensation costs for employers. WOSHTEP serves a variety of industries, and participants come from diverse occupations and work settings. Special emphasis is placed on reaching employers and workers in industries with significant injuries, illnesses and workers' compensation cost. Focus is also on groups with special needs, such as those who do not speak English as their first language, workers with limited literacy, young workers, and other traditionally underserved industries or groups of workers.
- WOSHTEP Brochure English version Spanish version
- WOSHTEP List of Publications
- For more information about the three WOSHTEP Regional Resource Centers in Northern California, Southern California, and the Central Valley and CHSWC.
- Workers' Occupational Safety and Health Education Fund (WOSHEF)
- WOSHTEP Annual Reports
- WOSH Specialist Training
- WOSH Specialist Course: Related Materials
- Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) Resources
- Small Business Resources
- Safety, Health, and Wellness Resources and Publications
- Young Worker Health and Safety Programs
- Outdoor and Indoor Heat Illness Prevention Materials
- News Articles and Related Publications
Get specific schedule dates of training programs:
One of the goals of WOSHTEP is to train California workers to be Worker Occupational Safety and Health (WOSH) Specialists who will take leadership roles in promoting health and safety in their workplaces. These Specialists can:
- Help promote employers' workplace injury and illness prevention efforts and the development of an Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) at their workplace.
- Serve as a health and safety resource for others, including co-workers, workplace health and safety committees, unions and employers.
- Identify workplace hazards.
- Identify the underlying causes of injuries.
- Promote solutions to health and safety problems.
- Support the successful return to work of injured employees.
WOSH Specialist Requirements
Workers interested in becoming WOSH Specialists attend a free 24-hour course where they learn key occupational safety and health concepts. They also learn how to take a leadership role in the workplace. The curriculum includes core modules addressing topics relevant to workers in a variety of California workplaces, as well as a series of supplemental modules covering specific topics and hazards.
The training program is offered in English, Spanish and Chinese and is provided free of charge. It is taught through a statewide network of trainers coordinated by the Northern California Resource Center at the University of California, Berkeley, and by the Southern California Resource Center at the University of California, Los Angeles.
The program provides training to workers who can take on health and safety responsibilities, such as serving on a health and safety committee or as a designated safety representative, and/or training other workers.
A participant in the WOSH Specialist Program will need to take 24 hours of training: six core modules (16 hours) and a minimum of three supplemental modules (8 hours). Descriptions of the core modules plus a list of possible supplemental topics are listed below.
- Module 1: Promoting Effective Safety Programs
- Module 2: Identifying Hazards in the Workplace
- Module 3: Controlling Hazards in the Workplace
- Module 4: Health and Safety Rights and Responsibilities
- Module 5: Workers' Compensation and Return-to-Work Programs
- Module 6: Resources and Strategies for Taking Action
- Bloodborne Pathogens
- Chemical Hazards and Hazard Communication
- Communicating Effectively about Workplace Health and Safety
- Preventing Musculoskeletal Disorders: Introduction to Ergonomics
- Joint Labor-Management Health and Safety Committees
- How Adults Learn Best: Sharing Health and Safety Information in the Workplace
- Workplace Violence Prevention
- Workplace Emergency Preparedness
A training program participant who successfully completes this training will receive a certificate of completion.
WOSH Specialists will be able to:
- Understand the importance and key elements of a successful injury and illness prevention program (IIPP) in the workplace.
- Identify a full range of potential hazards on the job and uncover root causes of injury and illness.
- Evaluate possible control measures for common hazards.
- Explain the legal requirements for maintaining a safe and healthy workplace and support an employer's compliance efforts.
- Participate actively in injury and illness prevention efforts and problem-solving in the workplace.
- Serve as a health and safety resource for others, including co-workers, joint labor-management committees, unions and employers.
- Contribute to reduction of workers' compensation costs through promotion of prevention and early return to work.
WOSH Specialist Course: Related Materials
Materials for Organizations Serving Individuals with Disabilities
NISH Occupational Health and Safety course flier
A three-day course, adapted from the WOSH Specialist Course, offered to NISH-affiliated Community Rehabilitation Programs that serve and employ individuals with disabilities.
- Preventing Workplace Injuries and Illnesses - Awareness Session (Spanish version)
- Training Cards (Spanish version)
Small Business Resources
These materials help small business managers and owners to:
By using these materials, your employees will be able to:
- California Small Business Materials - Small Business General Health and Safety Materials (in English and Spanish)
- Small Business Injury and illness Prevention Program (IIPP) Resources (in English, Spanish, Chinese and Vietnamese)
- National Small Business Materials
- Restaurant Industry - Small Business Model/Restaurant Materials
- Janitorial Industry - Small Business/Janitorial Materials
- Dairy Industry - Small Business/Dairy Industry
Small Business Flyers:
Young Worker Health and Safety Programs
Young Worker Health and Safety ProgramsDIR is committed to providing necessary education and resources about health and safety requirements including employment rights so teens can be safe in the workplace.
- Young Worker Programs
- The Young Worker Leadership Academy Flyer
Applications typically due in November
- Summary of Young Worker Leadership Academies, by year
(Typically held in January or February in Berkeley, CA)
- "Teens Speak Out About Safety on the Job: Lessons Learned from the Young Worker Leadership Academy," A Guide to Create Young Worker Leadership Programs in other States and Localities
Outdoor and Indoor Heat Illness Prevention Materials
- Heat Hazards in Agriculture
- Heat Hazards in Agriculture, A Guide For Employers To Carry Out Tailgate Training for Workers (Spanish version)
Excessive Heat at Work: How to Prevent Indoor Heat Illness
Safety, Health, and Wellness Resources and Publications
Materials for the Construction Industry
- WOSHTEP NEEDS ASSESSMENT REPORT: Opportunities to Integrate Worker Health and Safety Education into Building Trades Apprenticeship Programs, March 2010
- Construction Study Training Guide, 2012
- Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) and Hazards when Applying
Safety, Health, and Wellness Resources and Publications: Other
- The Whole Worker: Guidelines for Integrating Occupational Health and Safety with Workplace Wellness Programs, 2010
- Letter To All Interested Parties from Christine Baker, Executive Officer, introducing The Whole Worker booklet
- Teens Working in Agriculture: Activities for High School ESL Classes, 2009
- Motor Vehicle Safety Programs Fact Sheet
- Summary of July 16, 2008 Workplace Wellness Roundtable
- Workplace Health and Safety Worker Training Materials: An Electronic Multilingual Resource List
Multilingual Health and Resource Guide
Multilingual Health and Resource GuideThis Guide is a collection of links to worker training materials such as fact sheets, checklists, and other educational resources that are available online and can be printed to distribute to workers participating in workplace injury and illness prevention programs.
- About the Guide
- You can find the current guide to view or print on the LOHP Multilingual Guide page.
- Multilingual Health and Safety Resource Guide Flyer
- WOSHTEP - 2019 Advisory Board Annual Report
- WOSHTEP - 2018 Advisory Board Annual Report
- WOSHTEP - 2017 Advisory Board Annual Report
News Articles and Related Publications
News Articles and Related Publications
- California's Worker Occupational Safety and Health Training and Education Program: A model for other states - IAIABC Journal, 2005
- California group trains workplace health, safety leaders - SafetyNet, Bureau of National Affairs, Inc., No. 23, Washington, D.C. 2005.
- Youth discuss policy and plan action at leadership academy - Bridges, Center for Occupational & Environmental Health (COEH), University of California, Berkeley, Fall 2005
Additional Health and Safety Resources
The Health Initiative of the Americas (HIA) at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, with support from The Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (WCAHS) at UC Davis, launches its Occupational Health and Safety Virtual Resource Center and Occupational Health and Safety Manual in Spanish.
- Occupational Health and Safety Virtual Resource Center
- Occupational Health and Safety Manual in Spanish
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