Brief Description of Titles (by industry sector)

Training titles available from NwETA’s Online Shop or from NwETA directly if not in the Shop.

ALL-INDUSTRIES (applies to most industries)

Globally Harmonized System (GHS)
The “GHS 1: Summary” training module provides a historical perspective of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of classification and labeling of chemicals, the scope of the GHS, the relationship of GHS to other standards, and a summary of GHS symbols, signal words and hazard statements.  This is an introduction to GHS.  The second topic describes labels and hazard descriptions related to the corrosion pictogram. Title developed by Dr. Kent Anger and Dede Montgomery, MS, CIH funded by a NIOSH contract.  This title has not been evaluated for knowledge improvement.

Promoting U through Safety & Health (PUSH)
PUSH is designed to reduce the incidence of workplace injuries among young workers by way of novel training tools specifically designed to address the distinctive needs of young workers new to the workforce.  The PUSH training included topics derived from the NIOSH Youth@Work: Talking Safety curriculum, health promotion (nutrition, hydration, sleep, and substance abuse), and effective communication in the workplace. Title developed by Dr. Diane Rohlman as an Oregon Healthy Workforce Center project.  Knowledge improved significantly (p=0.001) pre to post in an RCT with 81 young parks and recreation workers vs. 97 controls; effect size (d) = 0.40 (Rohlman et al., 2016).

Safety & Health Improvement Program (SHIP)
The Safety & Health Improvement Program (SHIP) is an evidence-based workplace training program for supervisors and their teams. The training was designed to promote employee health, safety, work-life balance, and team effectiveness. This computer-based training for supervisors is only one component of the SHIP toolkit. Title developed by Dr. Leslie Hammer as an Oregon Healthy Workforce Center project.  Knowledge improved in an RCT of 264 construction workers to an average 85% correct in the post-training test (Hammer et al., 2015).

FMLA/OFLA training
FMLA/OFLA training addresses leave requirements such as eligibility and qualifying FMLA situations, the role and responsibilities of the supervisor, and information on the approval and tracking process. It also includes a description of Oregon’s state version of family medical leave, the Oregon Family Leave Act (OFLA), and describes the differences between the federal FMLA and the state OFLA. Title developed by Dr. Kent Anger. Knowledge improved significantly (p < 0.001) in 793 county government supervisors; effect size (d) = 2.0 (Laharnar et al., 2013).

Domestic Violence and the workplace (aimed at Oregon but relevant to all workplaces)
This training defines Intimate Personal Violence (IPV) in the workplace, survivors’ and perpetrators’ actions in the workplace, how IPV affects the workplace, positive workplace climate, supervisor support for survivors, Oregon’s protective leave law, and how to develop an IPV workplace policy.   Title developed by Dr. Kent Anger and Dr. Nancy Glass (Johns Hopkins).  Knowledge improved (p < 0.001) pre to post in 941 government supervisors in 27 Oregon counties; effect size (d) = 2.19.  After the training there was an improved workplace climate towards IPV in supervisors who also provided more information to employees about IPV leave and the organizations posted more information about IPV in the workplace (p < 0.002 or better) (Glass et al., 2010).

AGRICULTURE (All-Industry titles also apply) [all titles available in English and Spanish]

Hazard Communication (HazCom)
Content includes Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs), where you will encounter hazardous chemicals at your workplace, what you must know for an OSHA inspection, types of hazards and health effects, an example written hazard communication plan, hazcom training requirements, labels and labeling secondary containers, warning signs, dangers of enclosed areas, signal words, Global Harmonization System (GHS).  A few screens on pesticides relate specifically to needs in agriculture.  This training was developed by Dr. Kent Anger.  This training was completed by 19 vineyard workers, in Spanish, who improved their knowledge (p = 0.03); effect size (d) = 0.61.  These results are not published.

Pesticide Applicator Training – 1-4 (multiple-day computer-based training)
Comprehensive training to learn all the skills required to apply pesticides and to prepare to take a pesticide applicator license, divided into four topics:

  1. Background/use of calculators
  2. Labels
  3. Calculating doses
  4. Practice Licensing test (for Oregon)

The training was developed by Dr. Kent Anger.  The training was provided to 14 vineyard workers in Spanish.  Knowledge improvement pre to post training was seen in all participants (average knowledge test results – 87%; effect size [d] ~ 4.2).  These results are not published.  Testimonial (2018): “I think this course is very informative and very educational. I believe I’m more then ready to take my test tomorrow. I have recommended  this course to many of my co workers and will continue to let other people in Ag seeking their PPL know about this great course. Great job at putting all this together. This gives you confidence leading into the test.” Scott Smith (Dinsdale Farm).

Respiratory Protection
Respiratory Protection provides the basic knowledge for wearing respirators in the workplace.  Topics are: 1. Uses, limitations and maintenance of respirators; 2. Selection of proper respiratory protection (types of respirators, selection of cartridges), 3) Recognition of respiratory hazards. (Dusts, mists fumes; toxic vapors and gasses). The training was developed by content specialist John Kirkpatrick, then of the IUPAT District Council #5.  This title has not been evaluated for knowledge improvement but has been used as required training by the Painters Apprenticeship for over 15 years.

Worker Protection Standard (WPS)
Content follows the requirements in the EPA manual, “How To Comply With the Worker Protection Standard For Agricultural Pesticides: What Employers Need to Know” (EPA 2005). Information included hazards of agricultural chemicals, primarily pesticides, signal words caution and warning, labels, re-entry intervals, precautions and the WPS poster.  Knowledge improved (p < 0.001) in 61 field workers from 7 vineyards (in Spanish); effect size (d) = 0.9 (Anger et al., 2009).

AGRICULTURE/VINEYARDS (all Agriculture titles also apply) [all titles available in English and Spanish]
Orientation to Work in Vineyards
Content includes the history of vineyards, Oregon wine industry, work activities through the seasons, work clothing and gear, sunblock and water, eyewash, toileting cleanup, structure of work in a vineyard, working in a team, supervision, respect for others, working hard, vineyard policies, actions in case of injury, WPS poster, workers compensation, informing work when employee is sick and cannot work.  This title has not been evaluated for knowledge improvement.

Winter Skills and Safety (Vineyard)
· Skills – proper pruning of vines, treating damaged trunks
· Safety – warmup, slips and falls, carrying tools safely, hypothermia prevention
· Personal Protection – wet weather clothing, gloves, safety glasses

Spring Skills and Safety (Vineyard)
· Skills – setting up and fixing trellis systems for growing vines, tying growing vines to catch wires, removing buds, pulling pruned vines, clearing debris, growing a new plant from an adjacent existing plant, straightening trunks.
· Safety – warmup, slips and falls, pesticide issues and WPS reminders, recognizing and avoiding poison oak
· Personal Protection – gloves, long sleeved shirt, long pants

Summer Skills and Safety (Vineyard)
· Skills – trimming vines with machetes; removing leaves, suckers, excess grapes, and debris
· Safety – water consumption, sunblock, recognizing and avoiding poison oak warmup and issues of bending, pulling, twisting, extension
· Personal Protection – caps, long sleeves and long pants, sunglasses

CONSTRUCTION (All-Industry titles also apply)
Hazard Communication (License in All-Industry titles)
Content includes Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs), where you will encounter hazardous chemicals at your workplace, things you must know in an OSHA inspection, types of hazards and health effects, written hazard communication plan, hazcom training requirements, labels and labeling secondary containers, warning signs, dangers of enclosed areas, signal words, Global Harmonization System (GHS).  A few screens on pesticides relate specifically to needs in agriculture.  This training was developed by Dr. Kent Anger.  This training was completed by 19 vineyard workers, in Spanish, who improved their knowledge (p = 0.03); effect size (d) = 0.61.  These results are not published.

Respiratory Protection (License in Agriculture)
Respiratory Protection provides the basic knowledge for wearing respirators in the workplace.  Topics are: 1. Uses, limitations and maintenance of respirators; 2. Selection of proper respiratory protection (types of respirators, selection of cartridges), 3) Recognition of respiratory hazards. (Dusts, mists fumes; toxic vapors and gasses).

BeSuper! Supervisor Training Toolkit (English and Spanish) User Guides and Videos are available on the OHWC website. Improvements (p< .05) in a pre-post quasi-experimental study of 35 construction supervisors and workers at post intervention in were seen in family-supportive supervisory behaviors (d = 0.72), frequency of exercising 30 minutes/day (d = 0.50), muscle toning exercise (d = 0.59), family (d = 0.53 ) and co-worker healthy diet support (d = 0.59), team cohesion (d=0.38), reduced sugary snacks (d = 0.46) and drinks (d = 0.46), sleep duration (d = 0.38), and objectively-measured systolic blood pressure (d = 0.27) (Anger et al., in press 2018).

  • Supervisor Training
    Interaction and team building skills, observation and reinforcement of individual employee behavior are taught to supervisors who are guided to apply the skills to increase healthful and safe work practices & healthy lifestyle behaviors in employees/work crew.  This training is available in English and Spanish. The training content is derived from studies of Dr. John Austin (n = 10 Latino vineyard workers; knowledge increase p < 0.052; d = 1.16; Austin et al., 2009) and Dr. Leslie Hammer (n = 39 grocery supervisors; knowledge increase p < 0.01; effect size (d) = 1.23 (Hammer et al., 2011).  The training completed by 22 construction supervisors improved knowledge (p < 0.001); effect size (d) = 2.92 (Anger et al., in press 2018).
  • Get Healthier (card-based small group education)
    Employees participate in periodic (e.g., weekly) small group (3-7 people) ‘get healthier’ education sessions to learn about healthier diets, exercise, sleep, and strength building – in a card format.  The cards are available in English and Spanish.
  • Behavior tracking cards are available for download at no cost on the OHWC website or in the NwETA online store.

Ergonomics for Dry Wall Finishers
This training describes: (1) what the word “ergonomic” means; (2) types of ergonomic injuries (e.g., carpal tunnel syndrome) that occur to drywall finishers; (2) Risk factors for ergonomic injuries (e.g. awkward postures, improper tool use); (3) prevention of ergonomic injuries in drywall finishing (e.g., reducing repetitive activities by switching hands); (4) solutions to ergonomic problems (e.g., new tools such as knives with different degrees of flexibility).  The training also features very brief movies of drywall finishers who describe their ergonomic injuries, and of occupational physician Dr. Gary Rischitelli describing musculoskeletal disorders and emphasizing the importance of prevention. The training was developed by content specialist John Kirkpatrick, then of the IUPAT District Council #5.  Knowledge improved (p=0.008) pre to post training in 7 drywall finishers; effect size d=1.55.  Observed safer behaviors (p < 0.05 or better) were seen after the training: use of more flexible tools (d = 2.0), use of cushioned tools (d = 1.52), moving materials with equipment (d = 0.75), low stress materials (d = 1.09), no hazards in work area (d = 2.12), stretch and flex before work (d = 1.04) .  These results are not published.

HEALTH CARE
STAR: HEALTH CARE
Supervisor training to support work-life balance is addressed by this training in a health care setting.  STAR (Support. Transform. Achieve. Results.) is an innovative process for creating an effective and productive work culture. These materials are geared towards Health Care settings and are designed to help teams find ways to decrease unnecessary work, increase productivity, and increase everyone’s control over their time. STAR also includes coaching for managers on how they can support their employees more effectively.  This training was developed by the Work Family and Health Network where the other components of the intervention and guides can be downloaded.

Harassment and Violence for Home Care Workers (some information specific to Oregon)
Topics: Definition of workplace violence, prevalence of workplace violence, and harassment as reported by Oregon homecare workers; preparedness, assertiveness, I-statements, and establishing work boundaries;  body language, warning signs for potential violence and/or harassment, prevention skills, and de-escalation techniques.  The training was based on the techniques and information presented in the Portland Police Womenstrength program.  Training developed by Dr. Kent Anger and Dr. Nancy Glass (Johns Hopkins University).  Knowledge improved pre to post training (p < 0.001) in 306 home care workers in an RCT; effect size (d) = 1.96.  Home care workers reported greater confidence in responding to verbal aggression and workplace violence and less workplace aggression and sexual harassment (p < 0.001) after the training (Glass et al., 2017).

OFFICE
STAR: OFFICE
Supervisor training to support work-Life balance is addressed by this training in an office setting.  STAR (Support. Transform. Achieve. Results.) is an innovative process for creating an effective and productive work culture. These materials are geared towards Office settings and are designed to help teams find ways to decrease unnecessary work, increase productivity, and increase everyone’s control over their time. STAR also includes coaching for managers on how they can support their employees more effectively. This training was developed by the Work Family and Health Network where the other components of the intervention and guides can be downloaded.

RETAIL

Work-Life Balance (includes toolkit)
The Work-Family Balance Intervention Toolkit provides the training used successfully to teach supervisors to balance family needs with workplace productivity in ways that have improved commitment to the organization and employee self-reported health. Read the original research article (the journal charges for this download), named one of 2011’s 6 best science articles on Work-Family Relationships by the Purdue Center for Families, Rosabeth Moss Kanter award.  This training was developed by Drs. Leslie Hammer and Kent Anger. Grocery supervisors (n = 39) had knowledge increases (p < 0.01); effect size (d) = 1.23 (Hammer et al., 2011).

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