CareerSafe program to train teen workers statewide

6/4/2004 12:00 AM

CareerSafe, a unique and interactive online safety training program developed by TEEX - Professional & Regulatory Training, will reach thousands of Texas students through a new grant.

Nearly $500,000 of Wagner-Peyser funds have been designated by Gov. Rick Perry’s office to cover the costs for 41,666 Texas high school or college students to complete the 10-hour online occupational safety and health course. Upon completion, students receive a certificate and a wallet card from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

“It is unacceptable that the injury rate for workers ages 16-24 is more than double the rate for workers of any other age,” said Teresea Madden-Thompson, director of TEEX-PRT.

Each year, 200,000 youth in the United States are injured on the job. CareerSafe, which is intended to reduce the number of workplace injuries and fatalities among this at-risk youth worker population, is part of a national youth safety initiative in alliance with the U.S. Department of Labor and OSHA Region VI.

In addition to the youth safety initiative, a Susan B. Harwood grant to TEEX provided free training in 2003 for more than 100 Texas teachers, who attended a 32-hour OSHA Train-the-Trainer course and became OSHA Authorized Outreach Trainers.

This year, TEEX-PRT is offering this training to more than 1,000 additional teachers through general revenue funds from the Texas Legislature. The funds are supporting 35 Train-the-Trainer courses in all 20 Texas Education Agency regions. These teachers could easily teach OSHA courses to 440,000 Texas students over four years, Madden-Thompson said.


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