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Annotated Curricular Resources on Child Labor and Health Issues

Health and Safety Awareness for Working Teens

Authors/educators
Department of Environmental Health at the University of Washington in Seattle
Organization/publisher
Department of Environmental Health, University of Washington in Seattle
Primary audience
High School Students
Curriculum and content
The curriculum seeks to provide students with basic health and safety awareness and skills. It is divided into four separate modules. The modules focus on identifying and controlling workplace hazards and understanding legal rights for working teens. Lessons are interactive and include activities such as hazard mapping, role-playing, and games.
Contact
Darren Linker dliner@u.washington.edu. Curriculum information is also available at the website http://depts.washington.edu/worksafe/abou_his.html

Protecting Young Workers: Institutionalizing a Training-of-Trainers Model

Author/educators
Diane Bush, Robin Dewey, and Christine Miara
Organization/publisher
Labor Occupational Health Program, University of California at Berkeley
Primary audience
Middle and high school teachers
Curriculum and content
This unit provides information to educators about the importance of educating young persons in reference to health and safety issues. Further, it provides statistics and information concerning youth work.
Contact
Diane Bush and Robin Dewey, Labor Occupational Health Program, University of California at Berkeley, 2223 Fulton Street, 4th Floor, Berkeley, CA 94720; Christine Miara, Educational Development Center, Inc., 55 Chapel St., Newton, MA, 02458.

Safe Jobs for Youth

Authors/educators
UCLA Labor Occupational Safety and Health Program
Organization/publisher
UCLA Labor Occupational Safety and Health Program
Date of production/publication
1998
Primary audience
High School Students with Limited English Proficiency
Curriculum and content
This curriculum includes lesson plans about laws, sexual harassment, and child labor. It is appropriate for students with limited English proficiency. It includes a 12-minute videotape entitled “Your Work: Keepin’ it Safe” that illustrates the rights and responsibilities of young workers. The video covers safety and health hazards in fast foods, construction, and grocery stores, shows teens teaching teens, and can be used alone or with the curricula.
Contact
UCLA Labor Occupational Safety and Health Program, Hershey Hall, PO Box 951478, Los Angeles, CA 90095 or call 310-794-5964. Information also available on the Internet, at http://ist-socrates.berkeley.edu/~safejobs/links/

Safe Work / Safe Workers

Authors/educators
Massachusetts Department of Public Health (Occupational Health Surveillance Program) and Children’s Safety Network
Organization/publisher
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Date of production/publication
1997
Primary audience
High School Students
Curriculum and content
A three-hour curriculum designed to raise awareness among young people about workplace safety and health and injury prevention and includes a 13-minute videotape entitled “Teens: The Hazards we Face in the Workplace”.
Contact
Education Development Center, Sewickley, PA 1-800-793-5076

Starting Safely: Teaching Youth about Workplace Safety and Health

Authors/educators
Maine Department of Labor
Organization/publisher
Maine Department of Labor
Primary audience
Middle school and high school students
Curriculum and content
3-5 hour curriculum designed to educate youth about workplace hazards and strategies for preventing work-related illnesses and injuries. The course also seeks to raise teens’ awareness about their rights and available resources and encourage young workers to be active participants in creating and maintaining safe and healthy work environments. The course includes a curriculum binder, a 10-minute video created by high school students (with follow-up questions included), learning activities with overheads and handouts, and additional resources for program enrichment.
Contact
Maine Department of Labor at www.state.me.us/labor/bls/StartingSafely.htm

Teens Working in Agriculture—An ESL Curriculum for High School Students

Authors/educators
Labor Occupational Health Program, University of California
Organization/publisher
Labor Occupational Health Program, University of California
Date of production/publication
1998
Primary audience
High School ESL classes in rural communities
Curriculum and content
This curriculum covers basic agricultural health and safety concepts, designed to be incorporated into high school intermediate level ESL classes in rural communities. The lessons provide a way to present farm safety and health information while building language skills. Materials include: video “Teens Working in Agriculture”, six lesson plans, vocabulary lists, detailed teacher instructions, overheads, and student handouts.
Contact
Labor Occupational Health Program, University of California, 2223 Fulton Street, 4th Floor, Berkeley CA 94720. Information can also be found at http://ist-socrates.berkeley.edu/~safejobs/links/

Teens, Work, and Safety

Authors/educators
Labor Occupational Health Program, University of California
Organization/publisher
Labor Occupational Health Program, University of California
Date of production/publication
1998
Primary audience
High School Students
Curriculum and content
The 350 page curriculum covers basic health and safety information that can be used in either an academic or vocational setting. Three teaching units, each 3-5 hours in length, are designed for use in high school English, Science, and U.S. Government classes. There is also a General Unit for use in any class. Each unit contains learning objectives, lesson plans, detailed teacher’s instructions, overheads, and student handouts. Units cover both specific job hazards and labor laws. Interactive activities encourage student participation. The course also includes a 12-minute video, “Your Work-Keepin’ It Safe” (from UCLA’s Labor Occupational Safety and Health Program)
Contact
Labor Occupational Health Program, University of California, 2223 Fulton Street, 4th Floor, Berkeley CA 94720. Information can also be found at http://ist-socrates.berkeley.edu/~safejobs/links/

Using Peer Education Forums for Teaching Teens about Workplace Health and Safety

Author/educators
Laurie Kominski
Organization/publisher
Youth Project, UCLA Labor Occupational Safety and Health Program
Primary audience
High school teachers
Curriculum and content
This program attempts to provide information to educators concerning the use of peer education for the purpose of teaching teens about health and safety issues. The unit emphasizes the importance of using teenagers as educational resources. The program offers examples of ways to incorporate the use of peer educators such as town hall meetings and workshops.
Contact
Laurie Kominski, UCLA Labor Occupational Safety and Health Program, Hershey Hall, P.O. Box 951478, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1478.