10/9/2003 12:00 AM
On Sept. 15, the CareerSafe online 10-hour occupational safety and health training course opened its electronic doors for business, and in the first week, 100 students were eagerly enrolled.
The online program, a first-of-its-kind, was developed by TEEX-OSHA Training Institute and is promoted in alliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the national office of SkillsUSA, an organization with more than 240,000 secondary and post-secondary student members across the country.
The online course is part of a national youth safety initiative intended to reduce the number of workplace injuries and fatalities suffered by this at-risk youth worker population. “It is unacceptable that the injury rate for workers age 16-24 is more than double the rate for workers of any other age,” said Teresea Madden-Thompson, director of TEEX-OSHA Training Institute.
In addition to the successful launch of the online course, the CareerSafe program has seen other inspiring successes. In the past year, TEEX-OSHA Training Institute, with the help of an OSHA grant, was able to provide 150 teachers with a one-week OSHA Train-the-Trainer course free of charge.
Madden-Thompson added, “Developing this program was the right thing to do. One youth worker dies every five days, and when we hear the praise from the students and teachers about this program, we know it is because the information they learned will really make a difference.”
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