The Office of Public Health Practice at the Rutgers School of Public Health has been awarded a one-year, $140,000 Susan Harwood Training Grant from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA Grant SH-29649SH6). The focus of the Rutgers OSHA Susan Harwood training program is to provide confined space safety training to employees and employers in the construction industry.
[Photo: Dr. Koshy]
Construction industry employers, especially smaller ones, struggle to achieve compliance with ever changing standards. The recent construction industry standard for confined spaces is not being addressed by small construction industry employers who are already struggling to maintain compliance with other standards. The Rutgers training program aims to highlight the critical importance of confined space safety training for small businesses as well as for temporary, minority, hard-to-reach, and non-literate/low literacy workers. Employers will be provided with materials enabling them to facilitate and integrate the confined space training to their employees. Training will be offered in English and Spanish.
Dr. Koshy, faculty member in the department of environmental and occupational health, and Office of Public Health Practice center manager, at the Rutgers School of Public Health is the principal investigator for the project. “Confined spaces are dangerous work environments. Many times workers don’t know what they are or the controls they need to use to keep them safe. We hope this training will reach these workers and empower them with these important tools”.