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 (IOD) has enhanced the Staying Safe at Work (SSAW) curriculum and will be using this SSAW, 2nd Edition curriculum to provide trainings to teach under-served workers, 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. In addition to the SSAW curriculum, the RAISE Training team will be creating and offering two supplemental trainings on health and safety topic areas.

The pool of available health and safety trainings for these workers, particularly those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), is alarmingly shallow, especially trainings that are culturally competent and accessible. Through the Department of Labor (DOL) Susan Harwood Training Program Capacity Building Developmental grant, the Institute on Disability seeks to address the shortage of occupational health and safety training for people with disabilities and/or from other traditionally underrepresented populations by offering these workers and OSHA Region One (New England) disability service providers the Staying Safe at Work, 2nd Edition curriculum, originally developed by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), in partnership with UC Berkeley’s Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP) and enhanced/updated by the IOD.

Attendees of the SSAW trainings will be provided with the necessary tools and materials to apply the skills needed to be safe at work for workers with IDD. The curriculum is designed to teach important occupational safety and health skills to those who may have learning challenges, including difficulty reading and/or understanding abstract concepts. It uses skits, stories, and pictures of typical workplaces that allow participants to recognize hazards and identify solutions. It also uses board games to learn how to stay safe in a work emergency and to learn about their health and safety rights and responsibilities on the job.

Technical Assistance

For assistance implementing any of the trainings (beginning in January 2021) offered through RAISE,

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