According to a NIOSH blog, one reason for the shortage of occupational health and safety training for workers with Intellectual and Developmental Difficulties (IDD) has been the lack of curriculum for schools, support agencies, and employers.
The Staying Safe at Work curriculum will help bridge this gap. Staying Safe at Work is a six-lesson training program designed to teach basic occupational safety and health knowledge and skills to young and older workers, and students with disabilities.
The first version of the Staying Safe at Work curriculum was published by the Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP) at the University of California, Berkeley with support from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). LOHP, a community outreach program of U.C. Berkeley’s School of Public Health, has developed and presented participatory training programs on various workplace health and safety issues for more than 40 years.
The curriculum is intended for supported employment agencies, community vocational rehabilitation programs, high school transition programs, and other organizations and companies that place in jobs or hire workers with disabilities.
The curriculum can help teach students or consumers/employees the foundational job safety and health skills that all workers need. The curriculum uses highly interactive and fun learning activities to teach workplace safety and health skills, which are general, transferable, and can apply across all jobs and industries.