July 6, 2016 - At the 39th annual HOSA International Leadership Conference in Nashville June 22nd through 25th, CareerSafe made a lasting impact on students, advisors, teachers and administrators by focusing on one simple message – Safety and health education training should be considered as a foundational life skill.
Tuesday afternoon, in front of over 1,000 state and local HOSA advisors, CareerSafe’s Founder and CEO, Dr. Larry D. Teverbaugh gave three important messages to the audience. He opened his speech by noting, “We need to start thinking of safety and health education and training as a life skill.” By involving the group with a common purpose, Larry explained, “we want our children to be healthy; we want to our children to be safe.”
During the same session, Larry also made an official announcement of the new OSHA 10-Hour General Industry (Healthcare) safety training course that will be available this fall. For the past 2 years, CareerSafe has been working with CDC/NIOSH and OSHA to produce a course focused on healthcare workers. “In 2014, there were 615,000 reported injuries and illnesses to workers in healthcare throughout the United States and I wanted to emphasize that was the number reported and doesn’t include those that were not reported,” explained Teverbaugh during his announcement of the upcoming course. Through this training course, students will become more knowledgeable about workplace hazards as well as their rights and their employers’ responsibilities. Some of the course topics include: Introduction to OSHA, Bloodborne Pathogens, Ergonomics, Preventing Workplace Violence, Biological Agents and Infection Control, Health Insurance Portability and Accounting Act (HIPAA) and many more. He concluded with, “What we want to do is try to make a difference and to reduce the risk to men and women that are working in healthcare.” Furthermore, “one of the ways of doing that is through this new course.”
Throughout the conference, the CareerSafe team created hundreds of new relationships and opened doors to fresh opportunities in increasing awareness for workplace safety for students with interests in healthcare specific industries. Over 250 educators signed up to receive a demo of the upcoming course and CareerSafe invited advisors, teachers and administrators to “Step Up Your Game” and participate in a three-day step competition for a chance to win a Fitbit. Over 200 men and women participated in the competition with the first place winner tallying over 60,000 steps. CareerSafe would like to congratulate Ms. Abby Beard from White Knoll High School, Center for Public Health and Advanced Medical Studies in Lexington, South Carolina on winning the “Step Up Your Game” Challenge. She is a former college track star and a Biomedical Science instructor as well a Project Lead the Way advisor. Congratulations to all of the winners and we hope to have even more success next year.
On behalf of CareeSafe, it’s an honor to be able to support HOSA and we would like to thank the advisors, educators and administrators for what they’re doing for young men and women.
Learn more about the CareerSafe OSHA 10-Hour General Industry (Healthcare) course today!