WCAHS provides training to employers, farmworkers and communities on topics related to agricultural health and safety, in partnership with the Worker Occupational Safety and Health Training and Educational Program (WOSHTEP) and the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation in the Department of Industrial Relations.
Worker Occupational Safety and Health Specialist Training
WOSHTEP is an initiative of the State of California that aims to reduce occupational injuries and illnesses and workers' compensation costs in workplaces in California. WOSHTEP aims to train California workers in be specialists and take on leadership roles in promoting health and safety in their workplaces. The Worker Occupational Safety and Health Specialist curriculum covers six modules including:
- Promotion of effective safety programs
- Identification and control of hazards
- Health and safety rights and responsibilities
- Workers' compensation
- Return to work programs, and
- Resources and strategies for taking action
WOSH training courses are offered at no cost. WCAHS serves as a WOSH Specialist Resource Center, along with UC Berkeley's Labor Occupational Health Program and the Labor Occupational Safety and Health Program at UCLA. WCAHS provides training materials, fact sheets, books and reports; technical assistance; research assistance; and referrals to local and state health and safety agencies.
Dairy Safety Training
The California dairy industry is the largest of any state. It contributes billions of dollars to the state’s economy and is a significant employer of agricultural labor. Dairy workers are especially at risk for injury due to accidents with animals and machinery. Common accidents include being kicked by a cow, being pinned between a cow and a fixed object, or being hurt using heavy equipment.
WCAHS provides a set of materials – The Dairy Safety Training Guide - to assist dairy owners in conducting training for dairy workers on diary safety. The guide was developed in collaboration with WOSHTEP.
Trainings use adult participatory education methods and are designed to reduce the number of days away from work and lost productivity, lower workers’ compensation costs, and prevent job-related injuries and illnesses.
Heat Illness Prevention
WCAHS conducts the CHIPs Study and other research and outreach with employers, farmworkers and community partners on the signs, symptoms and prevention of heat illness. The center also assists employers in developing a heat prevention plan and integrating adult education methods when training their employees about heat illness prevention. Trainings cover topics including:
- Heat illness prevention
- Elements of an effective heat prevention plan
- Practical solutions to provide water and shade
- The importance of drinking water
- The difference between water and energy drinks, coffee and drinks with alcohol
- Signs and symptoms of heat illness
- What to do in case of an emergency
Workplace Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP)
The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (CalOSHA) requires that employers provide a written injury and illness prevention program for every workplace. A toolkit with general information about the IIPP requirement can be found here. WCAHS provides IIPP training tailored to agricultural employers, including farmers and farm managers. Training materials adapt the WOSHTEP IIPP model to agricultural workplaces and are available in both English and Spanish. Materials include the Taking Action for Safety and Health IIPP guide (also in Spanish). Supplemental templates include:
- Illness and injury prevention program template English Spanish
- Investigation of accidents, injuries and illnesses English Spanish
- Hazard assessment checklist English Spanish
- Hazard correction tracking form English Spanish
- Worker training record English Spanish
- Employee safety orientation checklist English Spanish
Training for Community Health Outreach Workers (Promotores)
WCAHS provides training to Promotores (also called lay health workers or community health outreach workers) on topics related to workers' rights, resources available through CalOSHA, workers' compensation, pesticide prevention and more.
For more information or to schedule a training, contact Heather Riden, WCAHS Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or Teresa Andrews, Outreach Specialist, at email@example.com.