Raising Awareness to Increase Safety in Employment (RAISE)

Raising Awareness to Increase Safety in Employment (RAISE)
4 images of people with and without disabilities in work environments ranging from retail, industrial, to food industry

The Raising Awareness to Increase Safety in Employment (RAISE) project at the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD) is proud to offer the Staying Safe at Work, 2nd Edition curriculum. The Staying Safe at Work (SSAW) curriculum was originally developed by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), in partnership with UC-Berkeley’s Labor Occupational Health Program. This second edition of the training, funded by a Department of Labor Susan Harwood Training Program Capacity Building Developmental grant, has been newly revised and enhanced from its original iteration, and includes revisions such as resources created in response to the public health emergency as well as updated pictures and videos.

Staying Safe at Work trainings are designed to teach underserved working populations, including workers with low literacy skills or limited English proficiency, workers with disabilities including intellectual and developmental disabilities, and young workers, about health and safety on the job. To maximize inclusion of those who may have learning challenges, including difficulty reading and/or understanding abstract concepts, the SSAW trainings include stories and pictures of typical workplaces that allow participants to recognize hazards and identify solutions. SSAW trainings use collaborative learning techniques, including group discussions, games, and other hands-on activities, to teach workers how to stay safe in a work emergency and help them learn about their health and safety rights and responsibilities on the job.

In addition to the SSAW curriculum, the RAISE team will be creating and offering two supplemental trainings on health and safety topic areas in the coming year.

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