Providing Opportunity through CTE
Providing Opportunity through CTE
In teaching the next generations of young workers, career and technical education (CTE) programs stand out as innovative, adaptable and productive methods of turning student aspirations into tangible successes. According to the Association for Career and Technical Education, 94% of all high school students regardless of gender, race or socioeconomic background are enrolled into at least one CTE course. CTE covers dozens of career pathways including STEM, fine arts and a wide selection of high-skill, high-wage in demand jobs. These programs empower today’s youth by providing technical, academic and employability skills to prepare them to pursue further higher education, postsecondary training or enter immediately into a career field.
CTE is offered at many education levels from middle school and high school to postsecondary institutions including two-year and four-year colleges. Associate degrees (two-year degree plans) and technical education programs often give students equal or better levels of success and security than a degree from a four-year university, making it important to note that four-year degree plans are no longer necessary to succeed and prepare for a profession. While both public and private institutions provide a wealth of resources for students, CTE programs provide reliable alternatives to college as a modern and inclusive opportunity for students to actively pursue their interests and kick start their careers early on.
CTE students learn in an environment that sets them up with practical hands-on experience in situations such as how to treat a patient in a hospital, how to properly weld a piece of metal and how to be safe when working with agricultural machinery. They are taught how to use equipment properly, keep themselves and others safe in a professional manner, communicate and interact in a work environment, and taught what their rights and responsibilities are in the workplace. Often, their instructors have personal knowledge and experience, having had a career in the industry prior to returning to the classroom to educate young minds.
Frequently, CTE programs incorporate opportunities for students to earn certifications, credentials and secure internships, apprenticeships and employment prior to their graduation. The ability to apply these skills in real world settings gives students applicable experience to build their resumes and increase their employability. And with the range of options in different CTE programs, from training time to cost of the programs, students from all walks of life are able to succeed, especially those who necessitate more flexible schedules.
Students are leaving CTE programs with a clearer vision for their careers and fewer questions on how to get there. Whether CTE is in the classroom or on a worksite, the programs consistently teach students vital lessons as well as give them intimate interaction with a career pathway all while in a supportive educational environment. Thank you to all our educators and educational institutions who, in providing CTE programs, ensure that students today are aware of and equipped with vital skills as they navigate the endless possibilities of careers they are able to pursue and, above all, that they will enter those careers prepared and ready to make a difference.
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February Classroom Highlight 2017
Jeffrey Riddle, Paul Simon Chicago Job Corps, Illinois
Jeffrey Riddle at Paul Simon Chicago Job Corps Center is seeing the difference CTE and safety training can make in a young person’s life. Over the last five years as a Certified Logistics Associate (CLA) and Certified Logistics Technician (CLT) instructor, Riddle has made it his goal to prepare at-risk young adults through guidance and training to help them become acceptable and productive members of the workforce. One of his biggest accomplishments is seeing his students move forward with the tools and training to better their own lives and create their own successes.
“Making my kids employable is my job,” Riddle said. “But seeing in their writing and hearing in their voice the hope and plans for their future drives my passion to help them succeed.”
Before becoming an instructor, Jeffrey was a Production Supervisor/System Analyst for Inland Steel, where he was able to retire after more than 40 years, at which point he chose to become an instructor. Within his curriculum, it is a requirement that every student complete OSHA 10-Hour training before working. Riddle believes that young workers often lack the experience of being in a manufacturing, construction, transportation or other hazardous work environments and are thus more susceptible to workplace hazards.
“That is why OSHA and safety training in general are so important for young workers ready and eager to enter the workforce,” Riddle said. “They have to realize that careless or inattentive behavior can injure not just themselves, but others too. That being said, with proper and adequate training, jobs are done safely.”
As a former supervisor, Riddle reiterates to his students that at the companies worth working for, employees are the most important asset. The safety training he offers gives his students not only general industry training, but prepares them for life at home and in the world.
Because Riddle’s students are at various reading levels, he likes the online OSHA training. The matching visual and audio motivates them to learn and even absorb new vocabulary. Along with their OSHA training, Riddle’s students receive Manufacturing Skill Standards Council’s Certified Logistic Associate (CLA) and Certified Logistics Technician (CLT). All of his students over the age of 18 are urged to complete forklift safety certifications also.
“Receiving their certification is a big deal as an addition to their resumes,” Riddle said. “Some of [my students] have little to no experience and this can add a pop to their resumes with certifications. . A nationally recognized credential like OSHA is a valuable addition.”
Riddle and his students not only strive to be safe, but utilize their skills and time to volunteer in their local community, and are currently in the process of expanding to incorporate even more opportunities to give back and make an impact. They volunteer and make food donations to the Food Depository in Chicago, and are also hoping to begin volunteering with the Chicago Marathon on a regular basis. On Martin Luther King Day, Riddle and his students participated in their MLK Day of Service where they welcomed the National Director of Job Corps, Lenita Jacobs-Simmons onto their campus. During the service day, Riddle chaperoned students to the Salvation Army Harbor Light facility. Students across all of the programs at Paul Simon are committed to organizing events and helping others at senior retirement centers, food banks and spent time inspiring younger peers. Riddle shares that this spring his students will volunteer with the Chicago White Sox as part of their program.
With their certifications, credentials and licenses in hand, the students at Paul Simon Job Corps are becoming smart, safe individuals who can contribute to their workforce. Their responsibility and proactive attitude is only further emphasized in the good work they are pursuing outside of the classroom. Thank you Mr. Riddle for making both safety and giving back to the community priorities in your classroom. Because of educators like you, we can have a safer, brighter, more caring future in the workplace.
CareerSafe wants to recognize teachers and CTE directors around the country that are taking strides to educate youth in workplace safety. Each month, CareerSafe will introduce you to an educator that has been implementing CareerSafe courses in his or her classroom. These educators strive to make a difference one student at a time. Nominate a teacher today!
Essay Scholarship Winner
Cypress Lakes High School
Osha’s Pavement of My Future
The OSHA 10-hour wallet card was achieved this year in my clinical rotations class. This class required the completion of the course because it was a necessity for students going to the hospital. At first, I did not hold much care for these lessons and believed they would not be as useful as they ended up becoming. Now being surrounded by the healthcare facilities multiple times a week, I can genuinely state that receiving this card granted me much preparation for my future and protected me from the dangerous hazards that I encountered.
The lessons I have learned from OSHA opened my eyes towards things I never realized before. It gave me answers for why certain healthcare workers perform certain tasks such as cleaning up broken glass immediately, and wearing personal protective equipment at all times. I was introduced to numerous experiences with the information taught by OSHA in my first clinical rotation at the hospital. Being a junior in high school, my first experience with this knowledge began in the healthcare field as I observed nurses, technicians and doctors working with patients. I was shadowing a respiratory therapist my third day at the hospital when a code blue was initiated, meaning that a patient needed CPR. The healthcare workers all geared up with personal protective equipment and made sure their hands were very clean before touching anyone. The course emphasized the importance of keeping yourself protected because things such as disease that a healthcare worker may receive from being exposed to bodily fluids (such as blood or urine from a patient) were likely. When the patient came in with the ambulance he was quickly transported onto the bed and given multiple IVs. Some of these needles were dropped on the ground due to all the commotion. However, learning from the OSHA course online, I was educated that the needles should not be touched without personal protective equipment and to be very cautious when handling them due to their hazards if accidentally poking yourself. OSHA’s course provided me with knowledge that was very beneficial in keeping me safe from hazards in the circumstances of the healthcare facility.
Taking the OSHA course and having the credential will certainly prove useful in my future career, because I plan to be in the medical field. I am striving to one day work as a dental surgeon where safety precautions described in OSHA are utilized daily. From touching patients while working on their teeth, to cleaning up a bloody mess in the office, the information granted in the course can assist me from all hazards around. Not only will it prove to be useful for my safety but also help me keep my rights protected as a worker. Taking the course also helped me understand that workers do not have to be discriminated upon. People deserve equality and fair treatment for all workers. The knowledge I now possess allows me to decipher wrong from right in any situation if it poses a threat against me or my fellow workers. From taking the course, I observed and was provided specific circumstances where actions were done incorrectly. Being able to identify them in the lessons also can assist me in identifying them in my future job if the case may be.
The OSHA 10-hour wallet card has initiated my life towards a positive direction through the knowledge it awarded. I hope that dangerous scenarios can be avoided more and more as I progress through the healthcare field as a student and as a worker with the training I have received. The OSHA training wallet card has kept me and my fellow workers from harms way in the past and hopefully will in the future.
Each quarter, CareerSafe will select up to four (4) students to receive a scholarship. Additional information can be found on the CareerSafe Essay Scholarship Opportunity page.
Essay Scholarship Winner
Sturgis Brown High School
OSHA: A True Life Saver
As a junior in high school, I was one of the few people in my class who had not yet completed the OSHA training. Everyone had talked about it, but I was unsure of what it was truly about. Finally, I had completed the training for my culinary arts class and had gained an entirely new perspective on safety. I learned about hazards that felt as though they should be common sense safety tips, but there were also certain hazards that you might not typically come to think of without this training. My dad is a plumbing contractor. After completing my OSHA training, I asked him what he knew about the safety program.
“Well, I know everything, but especially when it comes to OSHA,” he said sarcastically; though, he certainly was not lying about his vast knowledge pertaining to OSHA safety. He continued and told me about when he began his plumbing career working under another employer. One of his co-workers had not properly dug a hole that my dad was going to work in later. Instead of digging the hole in a “V” shape so that it didn’t cave in, the co-worker dug it straight down. Later on as my dad crawled into the hole, part of the wall caved in and my dad was buried in compacted dirt from the waist down. He and his co-workers on the site were luckily able to help unbury him and he was unharmed. While my dad was fortunate in this instance, it could have ended much differently. Had it been from the chest down rather than the waist, he would have been unable to breathe. Had it fully collapsed and buried him completely, it would have been certain death and he would not be here today. The thought that I could be without my father due to a work-site incident is utterly terrifying. It reminds me of the importance of following safety guidelines at all times; you never know when you might be putting your life or another person’s life in danger. This theory is demonstrated by OSHA and it applies to all areas of life.
After I graduate, I would like to become a dietitian. In order to learn more and become experienced in the field, I have begun an internship at my local hospital for this semester. Although we do not dig deep holes in the hospital, we are surrounded by chemicals, blood and other bodily fluids regularly. Which provides just as much danger as digging holes, just a different type of danger. OSHA has also taught me how to be safe in these situations. If there is ever an issue with a chemical, such as getting a rash after cleaning a counter surface, I know exactly where our MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) is located in the hospital. I can use this as a tool to know what chemical I am dealing with, how serious it is, and what to do about the situation at that point. I also know how dangerous working around other people’s blood can be. Whenever there is blood in the hospital, we have to make sure to wear gloves. We also sanitize our hands whenever we enter or exit a room. Working in the hospital does not require me to do hard physical labor where you might expect safety issues to arise. Nevertheless, my OSHA training has taught me just how potentially dangerous working in this setting can be and how important it is that I am always aware of my surroundings and how to apply the safety standards put forth by OSHA for my best interest.
While I do not plan to become a plumber at any point in time, I do plan to work in the medical field and so it is very important that I am aware of all types of safety hazards and how serious something so seemingly harmless can be. After hearing from my dad and working in the hospital, I not only understand what OSHA is, but also why it is incredibly important to follow. While something may appear harmless and unnecessary, it can be very serious and even fatal. This is true no matter where you go and what you do. There are situations we face every day that challenge us with making safe decisions. OSHA is an effective program that has taught me as well as several other peers and others how to make these safe decisions.
Each quarter, CareerSafe will select up to four (4) students to receive a scholarship. Additional information can be found on the CareerSafe Essay Scholarship Opportunity page.
Essay Scholarship Winner
Eastern Maine Community College
CareerSafe Youth Essay Scholarship
I am writing to apply for the CareerSafe scholarship. I am currently enrolled at Eastern Maine Community College in the HVAC program, instructed by Richard Gomm. The Careersafe OSHA 10 Hour course was a requirement for our HVAC course. This is my second college venture, and my third career. I first went to school for Machine Tool Technology and worked for Smith & Wesson. My second career was in the Army as a Crew Chief and Combat Medic. During my time in the Army, I had to take too many courses to list and all had a safety component to them. Safety has always been number one in most courses I have taken, so this was not new to me to have to take a safety course. This course did; however, show me so many new things. Having an OSHA credential will not only make getting jobs easier, as employers look for this, but will show my prospective clients that I am concerned with and am making safety a priority, and that I am educated properly on safety in OSHA fashion. There is a very high reputation component to the OSHA course that people have trust in. This will benefit my future and future jobs, making it easier to secure work. It will give confidence to those I am working for.
Taking the OSHA course has made an impact on how I recognize hazards. I now look at things from a more rounded perspective. Prior to taking this course, my focus when working the aviation has always been to double check the work, triple check for tools, triple check environment when landing, etc or your have your crew’s life and the injured lives at stake. I now see that when OSHA safety is properly implemented, how much money is saved in injuries, time lost, property damage, and medical bills. It is Keeping America’s Workforce strong and healthy. Thank you for the opportunity to learn new safety techniques, to have an advantage in my career, and opening my eyes to see things in a different perspective.
Each quarter, CareerSafe will select up to four (4) students to receive a scholarship. Additional information can be found on the CareerSafe Essay Scholarship Opportunity page.
Essay Scholarship Winner
Northern Career Institute
A Safer Lifestyle
When I began the OSHA 10-hour program I did not think I would get much use out of it, but now almost every day, I realize the things I learned from the OSHA program. This challenging course has had a great impact on my daily life. Holding the OSHA 10-hour wallet card is a credential that makes me stand out above others. The OSHA wallet card is an excellent addition to any type of resume in the workforce. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration course was provided to me by my career tech cosmetology school. Here, we were to learn not only the safety precautions for a salon environment, but for any type of work environment. Taking the OSHA course may have seemed like a regular class assignment, but has become much more of a great resource to have.
Within a salon, there are many safety hazards to be aware of including chemical liquid handling, ergonomics, electrical use and bloodborne pathogens. By using what I have learned from OSHA, I am able to accurately identify exactly what is in the chemical bottles for certain products, along with the ingredients and safety precautions for the cleaning chemicals stored in a salon. It is always best to know what exactly is being used and how to use it. This is why I have a much better understanding of what is to be used when and exactly how.
When working in a salon, there is always room for improvements to create better ergonomics, which I have improved my setup and safety after learning the information from OSHA. While you always want a client to be comfortable and avoid injury, it is just as important to be cautious of the comfort of the cosmetologist in the salon. OSHA has shown me that the smallest changes can have the biggest impacts. This has lead me to be more cautious with my set up. The way a client’s chair is setup can affect the client, but also the cosmetologist’s proper health. If a cosmetologist has to lean over frequently and be in uncomfortable positions for periods of time, it can negatively affect the cosmetologist’s health permanently. A real life situation occurred one day while I was shampooing a client during my internship. The shampoo bowl was too high up and I had to continuously lean and be in an awkward uncomfortable position.
Knowing the OSHA aspect of proper ergonomics, I was able to ask the salon owner to rearrange the setup to protect my health. Setup was never something that seemed very important to me, but after taking the OSHA course I realize it is actually one of the most important safety factors.
Some of the main hair services include instruments being used that are electric. Improper electrical use has such a high risk of incidents. One day at the salon, I noticed another cosmetologist’s curling iron only halfway plugged into the outlet with the cord hanging on the floor. Having the OSHA training knowledge, I knew the risk of this setup. I went to the cosmetologist and helped fix the setup to prevent any negative situation from happening.
Althought it may not seem like any bloodborne pathogens can occur in a salon, it is very common during a manicure, pedicure or haircutting service. Having a bloodborne incident can be very serious. Being OSHA certified has given me helpful information on responses and procedures to follow if an incident were to occur.
I work in a wholesale grocery store. Here I am lifting boxes onto high shelves, using rolling ladder carts, and operating cleaning machines. A few months after I earned my OSHA credential, coincidentally my managers began to post OSHA signs throughout the work areas. This enabled me and the employees to begin taking more precautions and learn proper safety for the store. Having already completed the OSHA 10-hour course, I had an advantage ahead and was able to help my coworkers have a better understanding. Working together, we were able to make the workplace safer more efficiently.
The OSHA training has changed my outlook in so many different ways. There was so much I thought I would never use after completing the course. Dangerous events happen commonly all over a workplace due to employees not having the proper training to take caution to its fullest. Now that I know the benefits of having the proper training, I would highly recommend the OSHA course to anyone regardless if they’re in the workforce or just looking to have proper knowledge on safety training. Even a year later after completing the 10-hour course, I still notice small things and think to myself, “OSHA credentialed!”
January Classroom Highlight 2017
Melissa Bonifas, Blue Hill High School, Nebraska
Melissa Bonifas’ excitement for career and technical education comes from her background in agriculture. She grew up on a farm where her dad also owned a welding business. She saw first-hand the safety procedures that were instilled in employees, as well as her and her siblings.
“Safety was always the most important aspect of [my father’s] business, as he never wanted anyone who worked for him to get hurt or suffer unnecessarily,” Bonifas said. “I fell in love with the idea that I could teach the next generations about agriculture.”
Many of Bonifas’ students have their first experience in a welding shop at Blue Hill High School; therefore, safety is her number one concern for her classes. At the beginning of the school year, students learn about general shop safety and must pass a safety exam. Their safety and health education continues throughout the year as they learn safety principles for each type of welding process. Bonifas insists that students demonstrate to her the correct procedure to use each machine before they are allowed to use it by themselves.
“It has always been my mission to provide educational opportunities for students to learn how to work safely, and to learn how to operate equipment in a safe manner,” she said.
Bonifas invites people from the agriculture industry into the classroom to share their expertise with her students. It is an opportunity for them to get a glimpse of "real world" issues that face the technical industry, she said. For the past two years, she has had a representative from Walter present a grinder safety course to the welding classes. After the course, each student receives a certificate with the credits they earned. Additional training from outside sources with their OSHA 10-Hour credential adds value to their experiences in the shop and to their level of success in the future, she said.
“I try to use real world situations. I grew up in a welding shop and I’ve seen what can happen when you are careless, but also how devastating that can be for the other people involved,” Bonifas said. “A big notion in my mind is to keep them in touch with how serious this is and actively engaged in their own safety from day one.”
Bonifas has worked tirelessly with her school to replace older equipment, invest in personal protective equipment and make sure that her students have access to glasses, leather gloves, leather welding jackets and additional equipment. Last year, Blue Hill High School remodeled her classroom and invested in new torches and a MIG welder for the agriculture shop. Bonifas is proud that her students and program are valued by the community so much that her shop is now a safer place for her students than ever before giving them access to a variety of tools and gear at their disposal.
Every year in September, Bonifas’ students research safety for the home shop and farm and create posters that are shared around the school. Her students create and teach a farm safety program for the elementary students that involve topics about grain bins, chemicals, livestock, ATVs, fire, and shop safety. Students love sharing their expertise with younger children, and it is very rewarding to see that they have truly bought into the importance of safety in all aspects of agriculture, she said.
“Every student worker should have access to safety education not only from the school but from every employer,” Bonifas said. “Machinery and equipment can be replaced, but there is absolutely no replacement for a human life.”
CareerSafe Takes Major Sponsorship Role in STOP the Violence Program
CareerSafe Takes Major Sponsorship Role in STOP the Violence Program
January 3, 2016 – CareerSafe is pleased to announce our new sponsorship role in Family, Career and Community Leaders of America’s (FCCLA) Students Taking On Prevention (STOP) the Violence Program Awards. The STOP the Violence program empowers youth with various tools and skills to recognize, report, and reduce youth violence. Through STOP the Violence, FCCLA members use peer education to reach other youth with violence prevention training, help others recognize warning signs of potential youth violence, and encourage youth to report troubling behavior.
“I am very pleased that our newest endeavor is continuing to bring awareness to the violence and bullying youth experience,” CareerSafe founder Dr. Larry Teverbaugh said. “We are excited to support students as they educate themselves and others in preventing violence.”
The freedom to communicate with and about each other anytime, anywhere has exposed teens to even greater dangers of bullying. According to a student feedback survey from the CareerSafe Cyber Safety Awareness Training series, 25% of students report having been cyberbullied and 41% say they have witnessed someone being cyberbullied. On a national level, 10% of kids have tried to end their lives because of cyberbullying (No Bullying 2016 online report).
CareerSafe recognizes the need to provide students with basic awareness training to respond to situations related to cyber safety, cyberbullying and sexting. We are thrilled to be sponsoring the 2017 STOP the Violence national program awards and supporting an effort that not only reveals the dangers of bullying, but focuses on proactive measures to preventing bullying. By connecting our training with FCCLA’s excellent resources enabling a peer-to-peer outreach initiative, we look forward to seeing a decrease in overall bullying statistics in schools along with improved student response to potentially violent situations. “FCCLA is thrilled to have the support of CareerSafe while we strive to provide excellent tools to equip today's youth as they educate their peers on relevant and serious topics such as youth violence," said Sandy Spavone, FCCLA Executive Director.
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a dynamic and effective national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education. FCCLA has more than 160,000 members and more than 5,500 chapters from 48 state associations, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. For additional information about FCCLA, visit their website.
2016 Safety Educator of the Year Announced
Sharon Singleton Named 2016 Safety Educator of the Year
October 20, 2016 - CareerSafe is proud to announce Sharon Singleton of Liberty Corner, New Jersey, as the winner of the 2016 CareerSafe Safety Educator of the Year Award. Singleton was one of five nationwide finalists for the award. Lisa London, CareerSafe Director of Strategic Alliances, presented Singleton with the award at the ACTE Awards Banquet in Las Vegas Wednesday night.
Singleton is the Structured Learning Experience Coordinator at Bonnie Brae, a nationally accredited residential treatment center that provides a home, treatment and education to boys and young men in crisis ages 8 to 21. An important part of her job involves preparing students for transition and discharge, including teaching them life skills such as teamwork, self-advocacy and building interpersonal relationships. While treatment is the most vital aspect for the residents, Singleton says she is striving to create more opportunities for them to learn various mechanical and social skills.
In 2008, while brainstorming ideas to provide students with increased job skills and employment experience prior to their discharge from Bonnie Brae, Singleton and her colleagues came up with “Brae Builders.” Brae Builders is a program where students go offsite to work with local Habitat for Humanity chapters twice a week, gaining technical skills, soft skills and safety training in the process.
Within the Brae Builders program, Singleton explained that young men who apply and are accepted are given the title of apprentice and then enrolled into CareerSafe Safety Awareness Training courses, while they begin learning under more experienced students in the program. Students who are interested in a promotion are provided the opportunity to complete OSHA 10-Hour safety training and receive the title of Master Brae Builder. Even if students choose not to participate in the Brae Builders program, Singleton strongly recommends them to take the OSHA 10-Hour General Industry Course as it enhances their employment opportunities.
She regards safety as a top priority that not only allows the program to be incident-free after 100+ students, but also motivates residents to continuously make smart, informed life decisions.
“It is especially important because there is a sense of immortality with young adults and the workplace inexperience adds to the potential for injuries,” Singleton said.
As of now, the Brae Builders have built over 40 homes, and Singleton shared that the young men who have participated in Brae Builders are proving to be more successful than their peers who did not, recognizing the benefits that career and tech education are having on them.
“[The boys] often don’t have confidence, they don’t have self-esteem,” Singleton said. “They don’t have that inner voice telling them they’re great. And [after receiving career and tech education skills] they do. They come to me, and they’re so excited about receiving their OSHA 10 credential. They know they can be certified, that they don’t have to live the life their mom or dad did and can achieve something for themselves.”
Singleton also received a letter of congratulation and commendation from Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. Dr. Michaels’ letter highlighted the important role educators play in youth safety and in preparing students for their future careers, and praised Singleton for her dedication to these essential tasks. It is this devotion that has provided foundational safety and health skills to many students who truly need it to succeed, he said.
CareerSafe is thrilled to be honoring Singleton and is looking forward to seeing her impact on both current and future students. CareerSafe thanks ACTE for hosting the Awards Banquet, and sends our heartiest congratulations to everyone who received an award and/or recognition that night.
December Classroom Highlight 2016
John Kelly, Blackstone Valley Technical High School, Upton, Massachusetts
Growing up on a farm in Massachusetts and spending a career in agriculture production for 23 years prior to becoming an educator, John Kelly understands the importance of workplace safety education. Over the course of a 13 year career and counting, Kelly began teaching as an instructor in horticulture, forestry and heavy equipment before transitioning to computer programming and technology engineering. Throughout his education career, he spent time as a school administrator, Lands Manager and Vocational Director and even interim principal but ultimately, Kelly’s true passion is teaching in the classroom.
“I have always had the passion to share information,” Kelly said. “I’ve noticed the rapid growth in high school and it is exciting to share knowledge and experiences with that age group. I came from the industry at age 50+ and had lots of experiences and knowledge to share with my students.”
While teaching at Blackstone Valley Tech, Kelly saw a need for a safety protocol upgrade within his program and others. He worked with a team of instructors and support staff to reform shop safety guidelines and standardized safety procedures throughout the high school. Safety procedures and courses are introduced the first day of school for every program so students understand how to safely and accurately use tools specific to their program. In Kelly’s own shop, students are not only evaluated on their work, but are also graded on safety and cleanup every day.
“Every activity in training stems from a safe and healthy learning environment – it is the foundation of the curriculum,” he explained. “Awareness is the first job in the classroom and points out what could potentially go wrong.”
In the first week of class, Kelly’s students set up generators and began working on concepts involving electricity with lessons on how to protect themselves and the computers. His students face a variety of safety and health hazards that are sometimes not immediately recognizable as dangerous. In the Information Technology program, students perform multiple safety projects that touch on ladder safety, electrocution hazards, eye protection, tool and materials handling, ergonomics and proper lifting techniques. A large portion of their safety training focuses on electricity and various tools and methods necessary for working on and building computers, including proper lockout/tagout procedures.
“There is a big temptation to troubleshoot and skip steps,” Kelly said. It is absolutely vital that safety be the number one thing we teach. Everything follows from that. While we’re not outside in an environment that is easily recognizable as hazardous, safety is still very important.”
Kelly finds education to be an extremely rewarding profession and says that all the work he and his colleagues do is worth it when they see their students move forward safely and successfully. He became an OSHA certified teacher in construction and general industry in 2006 and continually stays up to date on new information by retaking courses to renew his OSHA credentials. His students graduate with an OSHA credential which includes lessons with material from the Kids at Work federal program. Kelly urges his students make the most of credentialing opportunities and continue to always further their educations even after graduation.
“OSHA 10-Hour is a great start to career-long credentialing that proves the recipient is at least minimally qualified to perform a job,” Kelly said. “I stress that it is a start, to train in the future years by adding OSHA 30-Hour training or job specific credentials to a student’s resume.”
Essay Scholarship Winner
Taft High School
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was introduced to me through a CPS funded program, Chicago Police and Firefighter Training Academy. As a police and firefighter, working conditions can be very dangerous. OSHA was the fitting program to help us recognize dangers and how to react against them. After completing OSHA 10-hour training, I have gained more knowledge on hazards at the workplace and I will use that knowledge in the future to help me and my coworkers.
By completing OSHA, I have learned to recognize hazards by knowledge given to me through the training, and by always being observant of my surroundings. A lot of young adults my age are careless and do not think of the possible dangers that are around us. As I was going through the 10 hour training, I learned how something that seems harmless, can cost me my life if I don’t handle it carefully. Currently, I work at a retail store, and I have to handle many hazardous materials and duties. I always wear PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) while doing my job. OSHA taught me to always be prepared. Moreover, I learned how to recognize and be careful with dangerous chemicals, machines and objects. For example, one way to recognize dangerous chemicals is by looking for the symbol in the bottle that tells the level of the hazard. If I am not sure, I can always look it up on the OSHA SDS (Safety Data Sheet). OSHA helped me recognize and solve dangers and hazards that I never thought of before and it has helped me be more cautious everywhere I go.
The OSHA training can save my life in the future. More and more, employers are asking their employees to complete training for safety in the workplace. That puts me in an advantage, because I have already done it. Thus it increases my chances of getting hired. Furthermore, as a police officer, I will be around hazards daily. Whether it is chemicals, machines, pathogens, or fire, I now know how to recognize those dangers and react to it in order to save lives. Having the OSHA card in my wallet is a privilege and a great accomplishment of mine.
Essay Scholarship Winner
Shawsheen Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School
Living in the household with my nonagenarian grandfather, it is important that there are as few hazards to his health as possible. Taking the OSHA 10 – Hour General Industry Safety Course has taught me that many of the actions I would have otherwise taken for granted were, in reality, creating a safety violation. Even a small puddle of water left unchecked on the floor could spell potential disaster for those who slip and fall on it. Even though the likelihood of any individual accident is infinitesimal, they accumulate to create a strong possible of eventual disaster if left unchecked. These potential disasters are completely avoidable – and therefore unacceptable.In looking for a job, many employers will need to choose amongst many potential candidates to find the best one. Should it come to an impasse between two potential employees, having extra certifications at a young age is a very attractive quality to prospective employers. An OSHA credential is generally indicative of a safety-conscious mind, and hiring someone with one as such is indicative of a safe worker who will do their job effectively and with great attention to detail.
In the IT industry, many of the standards taught throughout the course with construction work in mind do not apply. However, the StartSafe, StaySafe philosophy remains the same on a universal level. It has taught me to be mindful of my surroundings at all times for objects which may cause harm if I am not aware of them. In an Internet office, one potential hazard in abundance are loose wires and cables. Poor wire management makes for a poor aesthetic which diminishes any appearance of professionalism, awkward maneuvering, and getting cables caught under swiveling office chairs and – most importantly- cables present a major tripping hazard if left unsecured. Before having taken this course, I would have never thought twice about the cables which lay strewn across the room. But after passing the course, I have taken the initiative to placate this issue. Cables are now neat and organized both in shop and at home. Any cables which obstruct movement are either duct-taped to the floor or else zip-tied together where applicable, resulting in a cleaner, more aesthetically pleasing room with little risk.
Ergonomics are also a valuable, under taught skill addressed in the course. Poor ergonomics will lead to a vicious cycle of back pain or even a deformed bone structure. This lowers your quality of life and reduces confidence. I always knew that I needed a better posture, but this course not only told me the often overlooked ailments which stem from bad posture – it told me exactly how I had to go about correcting them. Because of what I learned in the course, I no longer suffer from chronic back pain and no longer wake up with a numbness in my arms. In my bedroom and office, I have switched out a dining chair (designed to only support your back for an hour or two) with an ergonomically-viable leather office chair and have also made sure to sit with my legs uncrossed and arms on the desk. This has made me feel much more comfortable which, in turn, has improved my mood and my general motivation to get things done in a timely and efficient manner.
This is how I’ve incorporated the OSHA 10 – Hour General Industry Safety Course into my daily activities. I have used the knowledge from the course in order to lead a safer, more productive work and home life with greater peace of mind. Before the advent of modern safety procedures, the only standard was to more or less throw human suffering at a project until it was completed. Thanks to OSHA, this is no longer the case. Many people using the accumulated knowledge from having taken the course were able to take precautions which made the difference between life and death – for that, we should follow their example.
Essay Scholarship Winner
The Woodlands 9th Grade Campus
Going through the OSHA certification course, has given me insight into the world of work and what safety measures must be taken to ensure I am unharmed. Over the course, I learned how to stay safe in my future place of work, how to prevent injury in my home, and how beneficial and easy the OSHA program is.
For many years I have pictured myself working in a hospital setting. The program allowed me to understand the harmful substances around me that may remain unseen. Over the summer, I will be interning at The Woman’s Hospital of Texas, and with the newfound confidence that the OSHA certification has given me, I am prepared to work in a safe environment. I now know the different gloves I must use in certain settings and I know how to prevent contracting airborne sicknesses, as well as blood-borne pathogens.
In addition to learning how to stay safe in my work place, I have learned how to keep myself and others safe in my home. Very few times when my mom would be cooking, I could see dangerous sickness possibilities. When it came to my brother cooking, he would sometimes undercook chicken and I was able to warn him of salmonella. It promptly encouraged me to pass on my knowledge to make sure that we had the correct fire extinguishers, clean utensils, and having an overall safe kitchen- where most accidents happen. Ever since the end of the program, everyone in my family is safer and my friends have also learned useful information that they plan to pass on to their families.
Lastly, the journey to my OSHA certification was very enjoyable and surprising. Walking into the program, I thought that the lessons would be long and I would be lectured to a point of falling asleep. When beginning the course, I was pleasantly surprised. The course was very interactive and because of the checkpoints, I was able to make sure I was paying attention. If at any point, I felt like falling asleep or if I zoned out, the checkpoints allowed me to understand what had just been discussed, without having to go back in the lesson. I learned a lot in the ten hours, and I would whole-heartedly recommend this program to anyone looking into a program that will benefit their workplace. OSHA and CareerSafe are both great companies and make the learning process as easy and comfortable as possible.
Through this experience, I was able to stay safe in my workplace and in my own home, and I was able to achieve my certification in a timely manner. I learned a lot and hope to learn more on how to prevent any diseases or injuries in myself and others. The program is an amazing opportunity, and by taking 10 hours out of my life, it was able to create many opportunities to benefit my life.
Essay Scholarship Winner
The Woodlands High School
Safety was never a priority point I had put in my life, however strictly advocated by my parents who both wok in the Engineering and Petroleum field (and we all know how strict Exxon Mobile is with their safety meetings). However, after I finished my OSHA course, I realized how my poor practices would lead to devastating results in the future.
A hobby of mine is design work, and I get regularly commissioned for custom designs in the fashion industry, which was a profession not covered in depth in the OSHA program. Even as such, many safety habits that were covered in the program were applicable to the daily events that occurred because of my work.
The first topic was ergonomics, which makes up the bulk of the corrections I made to bring safety into my life. While sitting at the desk, in front of the sewing machine or computer, good posture was the first thing I put into practice to ensure back problems didn’t hinder me from future work. While bringing rolls of fabric or heavy woods or appliances, I made sure to do it in a manner that lessened the stress on my body. While in front of the computer, or electronic devices, I made sure to rest my eyes and regularly look away, to prevent bad eyesight from developing.
Fire safety also made its way into my daily life, after I learned the importance of preventing accidents through engineering controls to protect people, and valuable equipment. Fabrics, flammable materials, such as wood, and plastics were stored in a secure, dry place away from potentially flammable objects such as heat tools, outlets, and any machines. New fire extinguishers were bought and stored in proper locations to accommodate the potential type of fires that could occur around heat tools and electronic devices.
I made measures to protect my own body from external sources of danger as well, wearing close toed shoes during heavy work, and gloves, glasses and a gas mask when dealing with potentially harmful chemicals, such as spray paint, fabric sealer, dyes, and heat sealing fabrics which could produce smoke with natural fabrics.
Pins and sharp objects found their way back to drawers, pincushions and penholders to prevent injuries or the spread of blood and contaminants to other people that could walk by my work area. Surfaces began to be cleaned once a week to prevent harmful pathogens, and any electronic device was turned off before they were unplugged from the charging outlet, which I made sure to clear a space for in case it malfunctioned and caused a fire.
While using the sewing machine, I made sure to change needles monthly to lower the noise level that increases hen the needle dulls against the fabric. When a pin or needle broke, they were put in the proper sharp object disposal container that would be disposed of properly later.
Many changes concerning safety were made after my OSHA program was completed. The program made me realize that practicing safety now, would benefit myself and others in the future, and definitely not a liability even if it took extra time to complete. (Quite the opposite, in fact. Cleaning time takes a lot less if everything is taken care of in the same instance in which it occurred.) Even with the industry that is associated with the least amount of hazards unlike construction work which was frequently mentioned in my program, I was able to implement the safe practices OSHA has taught me during my sessions. Because of that, my workspace has become a cleaner and safer place for not only me but for people around me as well. With actions like these that are beneficial in the present and in the future, I vow not only to keep these practices, but to help others around me Start Safe, and Stay Safe too.
November Classroom Highlight 2016
Richard McPherson, Rio Rico High School, Rio Rico, Arizona
The four-year Agriculture program at Rio Rico High School is rigorous and expansive, led by Richard McPherson. McPherson says that he recognizes and respects that the agriculture field has many ways to harm a student in everyday activities expected of them, which is why he takes safety seriously each and every day.
“One mishap, mistake, or accident and a student or more can lose their life or get injured.” McPherson explained. “The students are in dangerous situations throughout the four year program and knowing how to learn and work in those environments is an important part of the curriculum here.”
The curriculum includes plant and animal science with laboratory activities in bio-security, sanitation, nutrition, environmental controls, husbandry, livestock and produce harvesting techniques. The program also includes agriculture building systems which expands into hand and power tools, tractors, construction and fabrication, welding and cutting, plumbing and other topics that are a part of the daily routine for a student in the program.
Because of the extensive hands-on learning and activities, McPherson requires that his students possess and maintain advanced safety knowledge and training, including OSHA 10-Hour General Industry (Agriculture) training.
“The OSHA credential is the capstone of their senior year.” McPherson said. “They’ve been exposed to all the risk around the labs and farm and have gone through all the safety training but have not received the credit until that time. They complete the course in class as they begin to apply for scholarships and job applications.”
Each year, all returning students must begin the school year with a refresher safety unit that covers hand tools, power tools, fire safety, tractor operations, PPE, welding and cutting, food safety, and snake awareness and safety. Students must retake safety exams and their safety training records are updated before they’re allowed to work on or taught new material. Credentialing opportunities provide McPherson’s students the ability to show employers that they have extensive knowledge in various skill sets.
Over the last four years, the program has logged over 35,000 student service hours on projects. Last year, McPherson and his students took on the project of building a 400 sq. ft. chicken coop, which included working through the school district’s system through design, engineering, planning and zoning, floodplain management, and Arizona Department of Environmental Quality before it could go through budgeting and procurement. Their crop field and tomato hydroponic house donates 10 tons of produce annually and up to 50 dozen eggs per week to local food banks. Even on Saturdays one can find students at farmers’ markets selling their eggs, produce and house plants to the community while simultaneously instructing them on water conservation. Students have designed, built and planted raised garden beds at a local preschool and landscaped the school district’s elementary schools.
This coming year, McPherson hopes to come away with 10,000 more accident-free student hours while they repair and maintain their facility and commissioning their aquaponic facility, in which they will raise 4,000 tilapia and 419 strawberry plants as well as plant Gala apple trees and install 4,000 feet of irrigation.
“I have a philosophy that students will eat more nutritious foods if they know where their food comes from and that there is dignity in all work, but our biggest accomplishment of our program is 35,000 student hours that are accident-free simulating real world work environments including heat, cold, wet, dry, dusty, stress, and frustration,” McPherson said.
2016 National Young Worker Ag Safety Day
CareerSafe Says #Yes2AgSafety with National Young Worker Ag Safety Day
October 20, 2016 - The first annual National Young Worker Ag Safety Day (NYWASD) celebrated the achievements of agriculture students and educators while raising awareness of ag-specific injuries in the workplace. Thousands of career and technical education students and educators participated in the NYWASD (#Yes2AgSafety) celebration at the 89th National FFA Convention and Expo this year.
CareerSafe’s founder, Dr. Larry Teverbaugh, stated, “On National Young Worker Ag Safety Day, over 4,000 ag teachers and students pledged to embrace safety and health awareness and practices in their schools, workplace, homes and communities. It is our mission to help lower the injuries and fatalities of young people working in agriculture. We are proud to advocate for establishing agriculture safety and health practices early in a young person’s life.”
Throughout NYWASD, the CareerSafe team, along with their partnered organizations from the Safety in Agriculture for Youth (SAY) project, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Institute of Food and Agriculture, created hundreds of new relationships and established fresh opportunities in increasing awareness for ag safety for young workers prior to their first jobs. “We’re working together across organizations, universities, and communities to educate the youth that will be leaders of our future and move the conversation in a direction that can protect these young people early,” said SAY project leader Dennis Murphy, Distinguished Professor of Agricultural Safety and Health at Penn State. Students, teachers, and industry leaders were encouraged to sign the safety banner and pledge to make safety a priority. This year’s banner was completely full with signatures signifying a commitment to safety. CareerSafe distributed commemorative t-shirts and other giveaways for students and educators participating in the event.
Health and safety of youth active in agriculture are paramount to the well-being of families, the vitality of our rural communities, and the prosperity of the U.S. agricultural enterprise,” said Aida Balsano, National Program Leader, Division of Family & Consumer Sciences, National Institute of Food and Agriculture. “By supporting agricultural safety for youth, we contribute to a culture of health for all.”
The impact of NYWASD will continue to be significant as young workers enter the workforce. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), each year more than 2 million youth under the age of 20 are exposed to farm-related safety hazards. By developing students’ safety and health knowledge of real occupational settings, we can stop unsafe practices. "We want all young workers to have a long, safe and healthy working career," said Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. "It's the employer's responsibility to provide a safe workplace, and educating young workers about their rights and how to identify hazardous situations can give them the confidence they need to speak up and ask for the training and protections they need to be safe."
CareerSafe encourages both educators and students to continue to help promote safety awareness year-round through several scholarship opportunities. Students are challenged to create both safety video public service announcements (PSAs) and written essays expressing the importance of safety training. Follow CareerSafe news, social media, and events to remain up to date on opportunities to make a difference in workplace safety education.
Through collaborative efforts, what we do every day can save lives and lower injury rates for young workers. Remember, no job is worth a young worker’s life.
Classroom Highlight October 2016
Jackie Uselton, Westlake High School, Austin, Texas
Jackie Uselton’s career spans 14 years in the health sciences field where she strives to give her students an exciting hands-on learning experience. She has always aspired to be a clinical instructor to teach students about career opportunities, college choices and how to be prepared for a successful and safe future. Uselton currently teaches Health Science Clinical Rotations at Westlake High School and is the program manager for Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) course which is an emergency response FEMA course.
Uselton incorporates workplace safety training into both of her programs in order to set a standard of situational awareness necessary to be successful in what can often be high stress, fast paced environment. Uselton boasts a 100% success rate in her safety training over the last 14 years and never sends a student out into the “real world” without workplace safety training. She believes that embedding safety into her curriculum sets the health and safety standards for her classroom and their learning and volunteering activities. “We always ensure everyone is safe. When I teach the clinical class that travels to the hospital, I ask them to write a paper about any unsafe behaviors they see while observing staff at their clinical site. In the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) class, we discuss the buddy system and have them practice staying together while searching during a scavenger hunt,” Uselton explains.
The CERT course is partnered with the City of Austin where her students that are part of the CERT club are offered the chance to be part of an active deployment team which provides them opportunities to be involved in school and community events. Students have participated in hospital drills and exercises as role play victims to prepare emergency rooms for mass casualty incidents. Uselton is also partnered with the National Guard to volunteer for decontamination drills and the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport for mass casualty drills. Through all these opportunities, students are able to demonstrate proper search and rescue, disaster medical operations, and triage techniques.
Her clinical rotation students complete rotations at three different local hospitals throughout the year. They are able to observe medical professionals and are often asked to help lift someone, push a patient in a wheelchair, and even lift a gurney. To add a bit of cheer for individuals who might be having a rough time, her students help decorate hospital floors and nursing homes for Halloween and Christmas. “There are times during their clinicals that their OSHA training comes in handy or they’re able to point out safety precautions and hazards. It’s fun to see that they have absorbed the information and are applying it,” says Uselton. Each year, her students volunteer at local middle schools and teach the “hands only” CPR course to students. They also offer the CPR training to the entire community through their local library and strive to educate their peers on proper technique in the hope’s that one day it can save a life.
Her students’ community involvement along with the certifications and credentials prove to be invaluable when they are filling out their college applications and resumes. The addition of the OSHA credential to her students’ resumes has been a turning point when they are interviewed for jobs. It has given students more open doors for shadowing and internship at hospitals, pharmacies and other clinical sites.
“No matter how much we value the training that a first job can give to a young worker, there is never an excuse for a worker not to be supervised and trained in safety procedures. Our future depends on the health and education of our youth.”
2016 SEOTY Finalists
The Safety Educator of the Year Award, sponsored by CareerSafe, recognizes exceptional educators who have not only dedicated their time to prepare students for the future but to also help students recognize and mitigate workplace hazards in their chosen careers.
The winning educator will be announced at CareerTech Vision's ACTE Awards Banquet on November 30th, 2016. The award includes: $5,000 cash prize for the classroom, all expenses trip paid to ACTE CareerTech Vision, and annual ACTE membership.
Please read through the biographies of each educator and select the individual you feel is most deserving of the award.
Geometry in Construction Instructor
Loveland High School
Landscape Program Instructor
Frederick Career & Technology Center
Willcox High School
Business Technology Shop Instructor
Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School
2016 Safety Educator of the Year
SEOTY - Sharon Singleton
Sharon Singleton, Bonnie Brae, New Jersey
Sharon Singleton and staff at Bonnie Brae are creating opportunities for success in all aspects of life for their young residents. Bonnie Brae, a nationally accredited Residential Treatment Center located in northern New Jersey, provides a home, treatment and education to boys and young men in crisis ages 8 to 21. Bonnie Brae staff consists of specialized and highly trained clinicians, educators and residential staff who give individualized care and education to the residents who live at their facility.
As the Structured Learning Experience Coordinator, Singleton says that an integral part of her job is preparing her students for transition and discharge, including life skills such as teamwork, self-advocacy, building interpersonal relationships. Singleton explains that while treatment is the most important aspect for the residents; she is striving to create more opportunities for them to learn technical and soft skills.
The young men are given opportunities to gain some employment experience and become marketable in an economy where it can be difficult to secure a job. Part of the novelty of Bonnie Brae’s work experience program is that they are giving their residents a controlled environment to help build crucial skills (personal management, teamwork, responsibility, emotional well-being) as they learn and practice technical skills that can be translated into a job after they leave. Their work experience program is tiered to meet the needs of their treatment center but still create experiences similar to the real world. “We’re not just throwing them to the wolves and seeing if they fail so to speak. It may not be money related but it is still work experience,” says Singleton.
In 2008, Singleton and the rest of the education staff came together to think outside of the box to create a new program that would increase job skills and provide their young men with employment experience similar to the real world prior to their discharge from Bonnie Brae. Inspiration came following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina when Singleton’s father traveled with a group from Habitat for Humanity to help rebuild homes. Seeing the positive impact this had on her father, Singleton and her colleagues devised a program called Brae Builders. Students in the Brae Builders program go offsite to work with local Habitat for Humanity chapters and gain experiences with technical skills related to construction and enhance their soft skills to become more confident in themselves outside of Bonnie Brae. Within the Brae Builders program, Singleton explains that young men who apply and are accepted are given the title of apprentice and then enrolled into CareerSafe Safety Awareness Training courses while they begin learning under more experienced students in the program. “Once they finish the five-hour course, they receive a new work shirt in a different color which signifies they are journeymen,” says Singleton.
Students who are interested in a promotion are provided the opportunity to complete OSHA 10-Hour safety training and receive the title of Master Brae Builder. Singleton made the decision to use a five-hour safety training course as an introductory program for more in depth workplace safety training because many of her students are not working at their current grade level and have often missed large portions of school. “Without the knowledge of safety, we would not be able to say that we are incident free after almost 100 boys have gone through the program. Safety has always been and will remain a priority. It is especially important because there is a sense of immortality with young adults and the workplace inexperience adds to the potential for injuries.”
Over the past eight years, Brae Builders have worked with Habitat for Humanity two days a week, rain or snow, to help build houses. “It is an intensive program. This opportunity not only offers them the chance to learn some vocational skills, but also the incredibly important social skills that some of the boys are lacking,” describes Singleton. To date, the Brae Builders have built over 40 homes and has proven to be successful outside of Bonnie Brae. Singleton shares that they keep up with their residents at one-year and three-year post-discharge, and those young men that have participated in Brae Builders are proving to be more successful. “We are not a vocational technical school. We have to consistently work with students to keep their skills sets. I encourage those who do not want to be in Brae Builders to take the OSHA 10-Hour General Industry course anyway because it is broad across so many career fields.”
Because of the success of the Brae Builders program, Singleton shares that Bonnie Brae have expanded this concept to meet the needs and interests of more residents. Many of the students earn credentials in CareerSafe Cyber Safety Awareness Training and acquire a Food Handler’s Card in addition to their workplace safety training. ”It’s amazing to see how proud they are to see their credentials. They have completed it themselves, done this for themselves. It isn’t about me or their treatment…I want them to know that whatever they do here is for them,” says Singleton, “We’re trying to implement a ladder of success. The teamwork they form as a result and the willingness to aspire to be more than our boys thought they could be – will be our biggest accomplishment. It is a reality that they will leave us and we are [working to] to provide them with the necessary tools to succeed.”
SEOTY - Chris Stalder
Chris Stalder, Willcox High School, Arizona
Above all else, Chris Stalder, the carpentry instructor at Willcox High School, believes that each student who leaves his classroom should be prepared to enter into a career. “The only thing I enjoy more than construction is teaching it,” says Stalder, “When I first heard about an opportunity to teach students construction, I got really excited. Being able to teach others what I love is what drives me every day.”
Before recently moving to Willcox High School this new school year, Stalder was a construction instructor at Queen Creek High School. There, Stalder and his students were heavily involved in SkillsUSA where he coached his students to compete successfully at regional, state and national competitions. In his last year at Queen Creek High School, his students won state in masonry and went on to compete at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville. “We had a student take first place at SkillsUSA and go onto Nationals. We also took 5 out of 6 medals at our regional competition last year.” Each year, his students have continued to score higher on the Arizona CTE End of Program Assessments than the previous year and last year scored as one of the top schools in the state. Last year, one of his students ranked number one in the state on those assessments.
Stalder believes in giving back to the community and assisted his students in the construction and installation of 16 “Buddy Benches” around the Queen Creek campus that give students places to study together, enjoy the outdoors and watch sporting events. Stalder’s students donated time and materials to build Buddy Benches for local Boys and Girls Club in the surrounding area. The purpose of Buddy Benches is to help foster friendships and identify students who may not have a peer to play with. His program at Queen Creek High School also worked closely with the school's TOYBOX Program — a fully licensed high school child care laboratory preschool program that staffs students enrolled in the Early Childhood Education Program — each year to provide learning experiences for the preschool and carpentry students. Last year, Stalder and his students planted trees on campus with the help of the preschoolers in TOYBOX. Stalder’s students also took work requests and traveled into the community to customers’ homes to build dog houses, storage sheds that ranged from 8x10 to 15x30 feet in size, and other construction projects. “They are doing everything from the ground up to learn every aspect of the building project,” says Stalder. Students are able to build customer service, project management and problem solving skills and expand on their soft skills.
Stalder helped his students take further steps toward their future career goals by allowing any seniors in his classes to sign up for internships. He has worked with industry professionals like McCarthy to place his students in a program that best complements their career interests and skills. Some of the internships are paid so Stalder’s students were able to save money for additional schooling or open a savings account all while earning high school credit. Stalder revealed that Queen Creek High School is partnered with Gateway Community College to offer several college credits that his students can sign up through dual enrollment credit. “They attend my class and when they complete the curriculum and state standards that I teach they are fulfilling the required standards for those classes. They simply pay the required tuition and get the GCC credits.”
Students who enter Stalder’s classes must have a foundation of safety before entering the lab for technical skills training. He puts his students through a demanding month-long safety training program which culminates in a written and practical exam over every piece of equipment in their lab. In order to move on to work in the lab, the student must pass with 100% proficiency. Because the industry requires OSHA 10-Hour safety training, Stalder incorporates OSHA 10-Hour General Industry safety training as a class project. The McCarthy division in Arizona has supported Stalder’s program and use of OSHA training because of how safety oriented him and his students are. “Safety is one of the biggest factors for me [and other CTE instructors]. It’s not about my kids being perfect – that can come with time. I want them to be conscious of what they are doing in the lab and how it can affect everyone,” he says.
Now at Willcox High School, Stalder will take the experiences and passion for incorporating safety education into a new program.
SEOTY - Scott Burke
Scott Burke, Loveland High School, Colorado
Scott Burke at Loveland High School is one of the creators of the Geometry in Construction program that is now replicated in over 300 high schools nationwide. The program centers on the construction of a complete house for a local family in need while simultaneously teaching the students the entire common core aligned geometry curriculum. To date, Burke and his students have constructed ten houses and are currently working on house number eleven. A big part of the program’s success has been the safety track record they have accomplished over this time which Burke says can only happen by developing a comprehensive culture of safety where all members of the program not only buy in, but also accept that safety is everyone’s responsibility. Burke explains that this involves a three-prong approach that motivates to think about safety practices. (Prong #1: Safety consciousness and teamwork. Prong #2: Data consciousness. Prong #3: Practice makes perfect and peer support mentors.)
At the start of the program, students are introduced to safety training and must begin to understand the importance of safety and an awareness of protecting themselves and others. Teamwork exercises are used to get the large group of students to work together toward a common goal. All of Burke’s students must pass a safety observational test on all of the different tools and are accessed on how they interact and use the tools. With data consciousness in mind, Burke is able to talk about conditional probability as it relates to different career paths. He uses this lesson to apply real statistics from OSHA and the Department of Labor to bring more situational awareness to safety. “We can do this to a much greater degree because we are linking our construction classes to math class,” Burke explains.
Students receive hundreds of hours of in class practice, where they can apply their skills in a safe environment. In addition to the 150 or more students in his classes, 30 students return as leaders in the program and are trained as math tutors and enrolled into OSHA 10-Hour safety training. When their training is completed, they act as mentors on the construction site and oversee the work and safety issues that may arise. “Safety training starts on day one of the program and continues throughout the entire year on a daily basis. Beginning with teamwork, students are trained to have safety consciousness, which transitions directly to the construction site and all of the activities performed there,” Burke says.
Because Geometry in Construction is also part math class, Burke’s students are able to engage more with data and statistics than a normal construction class. While they learn about the sliding compound miter saw, the students will make eight chairs and one large ten-foot table out of 2x4’s. For their safety observational test, each student will have to measure, lay out one piece they are assigned to, and cut it correctly. Afterwards, the student leaders will assemble all of the cut pieces into finished projects. The projects are marketed and sold throughout the year and the proceeds help fund members of our local SkillsUSA chapter to travel to conferences.
The houses that Burke and his students build are through a partnership with Berthoud Habitat for Humanity. Every student who goes through the Geometry in Construction program works on the house for the family and gets to meet the family at some point throughout the year. At the Colorado Skills USA championship our students have won gold every year for the past eight years for their efforts in community service.
“We are a program about building people up in a world that so often tries to pull them down. Beyond building a house, our classroom is anchored to the notion about building up students and affecting the lives around you in a positive way.”
SEOTY - Diane Herndon
Diane Herndon, Frederick Career & Technology Center, Maryland
Safety protocol is established early at the Frederick Career and Technology Center and in Diane Herndon’s Landscaping Program. Many of Herndon’s students will move on to work in the industry and she aims to help them develop safe work habits early. She maintains a culture of safety in the classroom and reinforces that students should go home at the end of the day in better shape than when they started, both physically and mentally. According to Herndon, it is important that students learn from industry professionals as well. In the summer, an organization Herndon is a part of hosts a safety camp for students aged 8-13. Each year, Herndon has two guest speakers come in to talk about their mishaps on the farm. “One gentleman talks about losing his arm in the PTO shaft and the other talks about losing his wife when she fell off the fender of the tractor and was run over. No matter how many times I’ve heard those stories, they never get easier. Our lives can change in an instant, we need to take time and listen to those who have lost and learn from their mistakes. There is always time to take a step back from your work and review the safety aspect,” Herndon shares.
Herndon says that safety is an essential component to the curriculum because she is helping to train the workforce for the next generation and safety is vital to success in business and industry. Her students complete OSHA 10-Hour training and Landscape Safety (LS) Training modules for equipment they use in the classroom. For the LS training, students are required to watch a safety video, complete a checklist with Herndon and score 100% on their test be SAFE Certified. In addition to these required items, students are encouraged to make a safety video showcasing one piece of equipment. Students also prepare for their private pesticide applicator license.
Herndon’s husband works in industry as a facilities engineer and other guest speakers from industry have spoken with her students stressing the importance of having credentials and the fact that they may be required to obtain those certifications in the workforce and pay out-of-pocket.
“Students need to learn to be conscientious of their surroundings and the hazards that surround them. I’m trying to teach them to be proactive rather than reactive and to maintain their equipment to avoid mechanical failures, which lead them to take shortcuts and often result in injuries,” she says.
Each year, Herndon and her students plant a vegetable garden at school, which students care for over the summer. The produce is harvested from the garden and donated to the local food bank. “We are currently growing native pollinator friendly plants to give away at our upcoming county fair to help improve habitat for the local honeybee populations,” continues Herndon. Students in the program participate in an ambassador program where they attend local elementary and middle schools to talk about career opportunities in the industry. They have also partnered with the city of Frederick to grow and provide trees, shrubs and landscaping to be planted in the city while at the same time presenting educational programs on urban forestry to local middle school students. Students are also members of the FFA chapter and participate in local, state and national events through the organization.
SEOTY - Karl Cabucio
Karl Cabucio, Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School, Massachusetts
Karl Cabucio at Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School believes that providing safety and health education is important no matter what CTE program one enters. “While the objective of a vocational and technical school is the employability of our students, safety is the single most important employability skill that we can provide,” Cabucio explains. He is responsible for the distribution and tracking of the CareerSafe program for his high school. For the last 14 years, Cabucio has required all freshman classes to complete the OSHA 10-Hour training immediately after their permanent shop placement and is pleased to report a 98% success rate for students graduating with an OSHA credential. Students volunteer and complete community service though their local SkillsUSA chapter. Recently, his school has been asked to work with at risk youth in the community to earn their OSHA credential.
Safety is a crucial part of Cabucio’s own curriculum in Business Technology because it can prevent injuries and even save lives both in the workplace and at home. The primary safety concerns he describes in his class are ergonomic in nature from proper use of keyboards and chairs, posture, and lighting. “We have adopted a training program that is tailored for safety issues in a work place. Examples of that training are proper lifting techniques, workplace violence, overloading electrical outlets, proper use of fire extinguishers, ladders and floor hazards to mention just a few,” he explains. Cabucio also assigns students with a safety collage project to reinforce their safety program and topics.
When asked about the importance of credentialing, Cabucio believes that credentials and certifications are another tool in the tool box students have at their disposal. While the OSHA 10-Hour credential is the first one that students earn, it is not the last. His students leave the program with national certifications in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint. Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School also has an articulation agreement with a local community college that gives students the opportunity to earn up to 29 college credits during their tenure.
Cabucio shares that after earning a BS in Hotel Management and a MBA in International Business he spent the next 18 years in the Hospitality Industry holding nearly every operational position in a hotel. He decided to leave the industry in 2001 and moved back to Massachusetts to attend law school where he was sitting in class on 9/11/2001 when the first plane hit the Towers. Over the next few weeks following that day, Cabucio came to the conclusion that the world could survive with one less attorney, but a great teacher could make a difference. From there, he decided to become a certified teacher and eventually the primary coordinator of the OSHA initiative.
“The one thing that I want my students to take away from this school year is that you can achieve success regardless of your social-economic standing, learning challenges, language challenges through hard work and perseverance.”
Classroom Materials - Health Industry
CareerSafe Healthcare Topic PowerPoints and Lesson Plans
Below is a list of each safety topic that includes a PowerPoint and Lesson Plan*. Select and download the materials for each of the safety topics that best align with your current classroom curriculum.
*Lesson plans are in development and will be added as completed.
Introduction to OSHA (Part 1)
Introduction to OSHA (Part 2)
Walking Working Surfaces
Personal Protective Equipment
Preventing Workplace Violence
Biological Agents & Infection Control
Fire Prevention and Protection
Classroom Highlight September 2016
Linda Ward, Mecosta Osceola Career Tech Center, Big Rapids, Michigan
While Linda Ward did not always begin her career as an educator, she has always been and continues to be deeply involved in improving the cosmetology field for future professionals. During the time she owned a salon, Ward assisted in updating and improving the cosmetology program at Northern Michigan University before moving into an instructor position at Traverse Bay Area Career Tech Center where she developed her program into one with statewide recognition. Now she teaches at Mecosta Osceola Career Tech Center in Big Rapids, Michigan and is a member of the Michigan Board of Cosmetology. Ward shares that she has recently assumed the role of interim principal for her school while her fellow educator spends a year of active duty in Afghanistan.
As an educator and former business owner, Ward believes that safety is the most important issue that must be addressed and practiced in schools and in the community. She implements OSHA safety training with her own cosmetology specific safety training in order to provide comprehensive safety and health knowledge. “It is impossible for students to be productive, engaged, and able to learn if they do not feel safe within their environment,” Ward says, “It is imperative that students know, understand, and have practiced safety in the workplace in order to help prevent any type of accident.” Ward shares that safety training has made an enormous impact on her students because they often have never been taught safety in a workplace previously and that it opens their eyes to what can happen.
For the cosmetology curriculum, safety is a top priority due to the types of tools and human-to-human contact her students have with each other and clients. Ward’s program includes artificial nail and design, hair coloring and highlighting, hair analysis and care, manicuring and pedicuring as well as esthetics and makeup training. Often her students are working with chemicals and tools that can cause injuries if they are not handled safely. “Students work with all types of tools that can cause injury if not used properly as well with products that could cause extreme harm to themselves and to their clients. I want students to understand how to keep themselves safe and how to keep their clients safe as well.” With a safety background, her students are able to concentrate on their soft skills and technical education.
Ward’s program gives her students the opportunity to receive college credit in addition to the student operated salon, Touch of Class. Her students complete over 1500 hours of training within the program concentrating on theory and performing hands-on work. Students that successfully complete the program are permitted to take the Michigan Cosmetology Exam and become a licensed cosmetologist.
Over the last 23 years as an educator, Ward has been heavily involved in SkillsUSA; encouraging and coaching her students through competitions at local, regional, state and national levels. Across cosmetology, nail technician, esthetics technician and other events, Ward has had more than 94 state medalists, 42 national medalists and 2 international contestants. Ward believes that all of her students have demonstrated enormous success and shares a story of a former student who developed a passion and love for the cosmetology profession. She not only excelled in both theory and practical work but competed in hairdressing in SkillsUSA winning first place in local, regional, state and national competitions. Because of her success and talent, she had the honor of traveling to the WorldSkills competition in Germany where she competed against 32 countries. She is now a successful business owner and the chairperson of the cosmetology advisory committee where she works with students to inspire them to be successful also. “Walking into an arena and witnessing two of my students competing against other nations and knowing that I played a part in their success. Seeing my students succeed is what makes this job so rewarding. Students are working and making a living because of the training and service they’ve received here, ” Ward says.
When not competing, Ward promotes community service and teaching her students how to give back. One of the biggest community service projects her students organize is a luminary tribute to veterans of the United States military. They create and set up over 800 luminaries that are placed at each of the gravesite. Luminaries were also made available to the community for purchase which totaled 1600. The money collected was donated to a veterans home in Grand Rapids and to help build a veterans park locally.
She is passionate about her profession and loves that she is able to see how motivated her students are to learn all that they can. “I absolutely love being in the ‘beauty’ industry and working with youth. I wanted to pass lessons on to the workers of tomorrow. I am committed to inspiring students to succeed and become successful in a profession that I am so passionate about.”
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Classroom Highlight August 2016
Monica Nichols, Judson High School, Live Oak, Texas
As the Dental Internship Coordinator at Judson High School, Monica Nichols instills her enthusiastic attitude and passion for community service in her students which provides them with an impressive resume and skill set for the future. “I came from the dental field and I learned best hands-on so I knew I could only teach them so much in a classroom. You can only learn so much from a dummy or student peer,” says Nichols about her decision to build a program with the expressed initiative to provide her students with an atmosphere that is as close to the real world as possible. This is the 7th year for the Judson Dental program and thus far has proved nothing but successful for its students. The program boasts a 100% success rate with students leaving the program with a RDA (Registered Dental Assistant) license, nitrous oxide and CPR certifications, as well as OSHA 10-Hour safety training.
“I feel like [workplace safety training] sheds a spotlight on them needing to be safe in order to take care of others. We don’t necessarily focus on [the students] personally at times and it does that for them. We show them how to perform a task step by step, and now we can show them how to protect themselves so they can help others,” explains Nichols, “If we don’t focus on ourselves too then we can end up hurting someone or ourselves.”
Nichols and her students are rarely in the classroom which is why she says that online OSHA safety training works well within her program because her students must learn safety precautions as soon as possible. They are exposed to a lot of patient to patient contact in the healthcare field for which she expects her students to give quality care, but must know not to put themselves in an unsafe environment. “We can only give what we have and if we’re depleted mentally or physically, we can’t do our job. You have to take care of yourself in order to take care of others.”
A vast portion of Nichols’ program is dedicated toward community service and serving those in need. The first clinical rotation for Nichols’ students is working in a nursing home where they are responsible for the dental care of the residents. With over 96 residents at the nursing home, students are in charge of general dental hygiene as well as denture upkeep and repair so that dental health does not fall by the wayside. From January until late May, the students continue their hands-on education in general dentistry, orthodontic, or oral surgery offices based on their interests and expressed preferences. Nichols believes it is part of her duty to seek out offices where her students will be able to grow and nurture their skill sets and interests.
With a fully functioning dental lab, Nichols and her students open up clinics to the community where they provide free sealant applications, teething cleanings and other dental hygiene procedures for those who may not have insurance or do not have the resources to afford it on their own. They enjoy providing these services along with free toothbrushes, toothpaste and dental floss to promote good oral hygiene. They have partnered with dental facilities locally and perform extractions and other dental procedures all free of charge while gaining invaluable training for the future. Currently, Nichols has many dental interns who are gainfully employed in pediatric dental offices and even oral surgery and endodontic offices. A majority of her students graduate and continue on to become dental hygienists, oral surgeons, orthodontists and many more pathways.
Nichols says that her goal at the end of each year is to make sure her students are armed with the tools for success. She shares that her program has a 95% employability success rate and attributes part of that to making her kids marketable with licenses, credentials and an impressive resume. “I believe that it is a great segue into college or a career. We’re moving away from just knowledge-based learning and it’s essential that on the job training play a role in moving forward. They have learned the material, practiced it, and now they can move forward.”
Essay Scholarship Winner
Hinckley-Big Rock High School
OSHA Scholarship Essay After ending the OSHA 10-Hour General Industry (Agriculture) course this semester, I have found it easier to find and identify hazards wherever I go. I don’t have a job yet, but having this knowledge before I apply for a job will definitely make me safer and more observant while working. I have lived on a farm all my life, and since I have finished my safety training, I have been careful to watch out for a hazard every time I go outside. I also now have an expanded knowledge of how to work around certain animals and how to work near or around certain farm equipment. After high school, I want to go to college to become a veterinarian. The “Working Around Livestock” module in the OSHA safety training provided me with extremely important information for the career I want to work in. Also, when I become a veterinarian, I will most likely be doing house calls on farms, and I’ll have to use the OSHA training to be careful around the possible farming equipment moving around the site. In addition, by having this knowledge, it will look really good on my resume allowing me to get a fairly good job, or so I’ve heard. What I learned while going through the program reinforced what I’ve been taught growing up on the farm which will help me on future jobs to remember what I should do to start safe and stay safe.
I learned that it’s not safe to go inside a grain bin for too long and to wear protective equipment when going in one which is something I didn’t know. This is important to know because my siblings and I go play in there all the time which I’m going to make sure we don’t do anymore so none of us get sick or injured. I also learned it’s not safe to be on a machine if there’s not a seat for you. However all of my life, I have rode in a tractor with my dad or my grandpa and I’ve also rode in the skid-steer loader with my dad plenty of times. I know now that it is incredibly unsafe to do so and I will only ride in a machine if there’s a seat for me, so I won’t become injured or possibly killed. Another way I have become safer is I have stopped wearing headphones while doing chores so I can hear if a machine is moving around that I need to be aware of or if somebody calls my name to inform me of a hazard. Before, I would always wear earbuds while feeding our dogs or doing another simple chore. I didn’t realize there could be a possible injury or accident if I was listening to music while walking around with a machine moving around.
I know that by having this new information and knowledge with me, I will be able to stay safe. I will be able to be more aware of hazards, will be on the lookout for potential hazards, and will be able to identify the hazard and how to approach it. I am also more prepared to become a veterinarian thanks to the “Working Around Livestock” module. I now have the basic information of where to stand when working with livestock and how to correctly behave around an animal. I know that the safety training OSHA has provided me will be very helpful to me in the future, and it has already helped me to be safe on my own property.
Essay Scholarship Winner
Seminole High School, Career Academies of Seminole
When I first started the OSHA 10-Hour online course, I thought it would be a pretty boring 10 hours, but nonetheless I completed it, knowing the credential would be a nice resume booster. Immediately, my curiosity was piqued when I learned about the history of OSHA and how much it would impact my life as an employee and a citizen. I realized the course would actually be quite interesting. I knew this was something I would use in the “real world” which always appeals to me as a student.
Being a part-time dishwasher at a nursing home, I never realized how many hazards were actually around me. In a very strange coincidence, I actually had an on-the-job injury in the same week I was working on the 10-Hour course. I was finishing my shift at the nursing home, when I stepped in a seemingly harmless puddle of water on the kitchen floor. Five minutes later, my foot was stinging like I’d been bitten by 10 spiders and I took my shoe off to find two small burns on the bottom of my foot and big toe. My mangers had left for the night and I only had one cook still there cleaning up to assist me. He examined the dish machine and discovered that the corrosive detergent had leaked from the machine and added to the puddle of water. I remembered that my employer had to have Material Safety Data Sheets for all chemicals used in the kitchen which was something I had only learned a few days prior to the incident. I found the binder for MSDS and discovered the chemicals I was working with were Category 1 corrosive chemicals that can’t come into contact with skin. I continued reading and found out that I had to treat the burns by removing my shoes and sock and thoroughly rinsing my foot with water. I bandaged my foot and went home, thankful that I had only been exposed to a small amount of the chemical. I’m glad I learned how to read MSDS, because before I never knew why the wall said MSDS and I never would have known what to do about my foot.
I continue to apply what I’ve learned in the course to my daily life at work, home and school and I hope to share my knowledge with everyone I come into contact with to ensure every one of my peers can start safe and stay safe. I now understand the importance of safety knowledge and training, especially since I’ve already applied my knowledge in the workplace, and I plan on using what I’ve learned in my future career and life. I hope to become a police officer one day and will apply what I’ve learned to my life every day because police officers must respond to a wide variety of dangerous environments with hazards ranging from struck-by to biological hazards and everything in between.
Essay Scholarship Winner
Winnisquam Regional High School
How the OSHA Card Impacted my Life
I believe in the future of agriculture. A future with agriculturists who blaze a trail not only in industry leading advancements, but in safety as well. The OSHA 10-Hour course has taught not only me, but many people to be more safety oriented in their workplace, on their own farms, and in daily life. I know that OSHA has benefited my life and I try to change others’ unsafe practices with what I have learned.
I have worked on a farm for a few years now. Before my OSHA wallet card credential, I did things I now recognize as dangerous around equipment and livestock, because I knew no other way. For instance, I would approach an animal from the hindquarters and just hope that I would not get kicked. But now I know that the best way to approach an animal is in its field of vision, not in the blind spot like I was doing. Also, one day at the farm, two people were transferring manure from a manure pile to a garden while riding on the same tractor. One person was seated on the seat while the other person was sitting on the fender of the tractor. Not only that, they were driving up a hill incorrectly with the nose of the tractor pointing up hill. They were driving very fast as well. From a safe distance, I signaled for them to stop. Once the driver stopped and shut down the engine, I approached them and told them that what they were doing was unsafe. I told them that the girl on the fender could fall off and hurt herself or even get run over. I also told them the speed they were going was unreasonable and when they go up a hill, the rear end should be pointing upwards to distribute the weight. I explained that if they did not go up the hill the proper way, they could get hurt and damage the tractor in a rollover situation. They thanked me and fixed their mistakes then went on with their work. OSHA has taught me that sort of thing is unsafe. Before my wallet credential, I never really considered that could be a dangerous situation. I was just caught up in getting the job done. But now, I know how to be safe and work smart. And even though it might take a little longer to be safe, it is worth it to make sure that at the end of the day, you’re safe and not hurt.
I work at a restaurant as a hostess. My job entails helping waitresses clean off their tables which means I often have to be in the kitchen cleaning and sorting dirty dishes to be washed. Sometimes, it is tempting to leave a spill on the ground, especially when the restaurant is busy and I am already behind. OSHA has taught me to not just clean up spills, but the implications of what happens if I choose not to. Even though cleaning up globs of tartar sauce or mounds of coleslaw off the floor may not be exactly a great time, it is necessary to ensure the safety of all employees. All it takes is one careless person to leave a patch of syrup and could cause great injury for at least one person.
Even though I took the OSHA Agriculture course, it comes into my life even when I am not involved in agriculture. It helps me make better, safer, smarter choices in my personal life, my work life, and obviously in my farm life. Being safe has become my number one priority in the workforce and I want to help everyone I know be safe too. A safer workforce is a smarter workforce and a smarter workforce is a more productive workforce.
Essay Scholarship Winner
Roberto Clemente IB World School
The OSHA 10-Hour wallet card I earned has significantly shifted my perspective on general safety and precautions that could have been taken so as the hazards never occurred. After receiving my tangible card, I thought to myself, “This card can save people’s lives as well as my own!” That’s sort of weird how a tiny piece of paper could so heavily prevent disastrous events to occur, but it’s the truth. I can recall an event in which my father told me what happened the following day at his job (he does welding and fabrication for a plumbing contracting business). A fellow employee had to be rushed into the Emergency Room because while he was attempting to grasp a piece of steel that was inserted in a machine, the steel was too long for the machine to be able to cut it. The machine acted as if it was malfunctioning and the piece of steel was shaking rapidly with its sharp edges flailing in every direction. The steel severely cut several deep gashes in his arm. Sadly, the doctors were not able to save his arm!
As he finished telling me of this ghastly ordeal, I thought of OSHA protocol on employee safety and implementing that something like this should never occur. Why may you ask? Because the employer/founder of the company should have explicitly stated that if hypothetically something like this should occur, DO NOT put yourself at risk. Your safety is a trillion times more important than trying to garner the company a few more dollar signs. My dad revealed that something similar like this happened to him. It happened when he was a rookie at the company and did the exact thing the other worker had done — put an amount of steel in the machine that it could not handle. My dad was standing close to the machine and said it could have easily broken his neck in an instant! Instead he went and unplugged the machine causing the violent tremors of the steel to stop. My father had completed the OSHA 10-Hour General Industry and more specific training as well and said that it very much helped him to start safe and stay safe.
My OSHA 10-Hour wallet card will benefit my future in the way that I am able to prevent (and foresee) any hazards and precautions that can be taken before a disastrous misfortune could occur. For the summer, I will be participating in a six week internship at a local hospital and will be on patient floors for practicum — which means I will be exposed to frequent hazards seen in the medical field including bodily fluids and other sources of infection. If it were not for CareerSafe Online, studying the course, passing my final exam and receiving my OSHA card, I honestly believe I would have not been chosen for the summer internship. A 15 year old that so happens to be OSHA certified? Get out of here! I must admit that the modules were very difficult at times, and I fell asleep once or twice while watching them (oops). Luckily, I had Mr. Murillo to propel me to complete it and help with guidance and now all that time and effort I put in has finally paid off in more ways than one!
Classroom Highlight July 2016
Brady Duxbury, Chester Area High School, Chester, South Dakota
Many, if not a majority of the students in Brady Duxbury’s agriculture classes live and work on a farm. As a member of the agriculture department at Chester Area High School, Duxbury’s goals are to expand his curricula to make it increasingly relevant to his students. It is important to him that his students are learning skills and knowledge that will lead to them being successful but also safe in an industry that is often dangerous.
“Agriculture is one of the most dangerous careers on the planet and anybody involved in agriculture knows that it’s not if you get hurt, but rather when and how badly you will be injured…I have been injured while growing up working on a farm in my youth and have unfortunately had a friend who was only 21 years old lose his life to a farming accident. He was doing chores that I have done hundreds of times before,” says Duxbury, “Safety is a philosophy and way of life in agriculture and I believe it needs to be instilled in young people early and often.”
Part of a small community, Duxbury is involving local businesses and community leaders who can contribute to lessons in his classroom. Professionals from multiple fields of study speak with his students and discuss what they do and how they arrived at the decision to pursue their work. Duxbury wants his students to acquire knowledge concepts but also the applied mastery of what they learn.
“We have attempted to make lessons more hands-on by bringing in guest speakers and putting on presentations, such as having a live demonstration of sheep or cattle dogs working livestock, or having a police officer in to show proper gun safety and maintenance,” explains Duxbury. Duxbury and his peers have explored hands-on learning in electricity, engines, growing plants, business management and many more. He believes that students learn best when they learn about content through an approach that allows them to ‘get their hands dirty’ and understand the practice behind the principles of their lessons.
Duxbury teaches a breadth of agricultural related topics including Fundamental Animal Science, Agriculture Leadership, Ag Mechanics, Agribusiness Entrepreneurship, and Fundamental Plant Science. Because of his teaching approach, it is important that Duxbury’s students have safety training specific to the workplace and Duxbury says the OSHA credential gives his students an advantage over competition in the future. He believes his students are safer because of safety training and appreciates that lesson plans extend beyond fundamental workplace safety and into specific safety and health training related to agriculture. One of his favorite aspects of the agriculture CTE pathway is the huge range of SAE programs it has to offer. At one time, the emphasis was for students to participate in SAE with safety training placed on the back burner. Now, it is more important than ever for safety to be part of the conversation day in and day out and Duxbury is adamant that is students are prepared.
With the local community so supportive of Duxbury and the agriculture program, he and his students care deeply about continuous involvement in the community and giving back. They put on a benefit breakfast for 250-300 people to thank them for their support as well as fundraisers for people in need and hang Christmas decorations through the town during the holiday season. Duxbury and his students have continuously used their skills and knowledge of animal science to manage an animal nursery open to the public which included the elementary school students who were able to interact and learn about farm animals. Recently, Duxbury explains that his students assembled and ran a stock dog trial, a competitive dog sporting event for herding dogs, which the community attended.
Duxbury is hopeful that the agriculture program at Chester Area High School will continue to expand to include more community service and inspire his students to do and achieve more than they thought possible before enrolling into his classes. “I chose to become a CTE teacher because I was affected by a CTE teacher as a student. I was pushed to be involved and take on leadership opportunities. I have developed a passion to show students their potential and introduce them to future careers.”
2016 National Cyber Safety PSA Scholarship Contest
July 7, 2016 - CareerSafe®, Safety Education for America’s Future, has announced the winner of the National Cyber Safety PSA Scholarship Contest. The celebration took place during the 2016 FCCLA National Leadership Conference on July 3rd through July 7th in San Diego, California.
The National Cyber Safety PSA Scholarship Contest, organized by CareerSafe, challenges students to create an audio PSA that conveys a message related to the importance of safe online behavior. With this scholarship, students are given the opportunity to show their creativity and knowledge of online safety. All PSAs that were submitted showed dedication, commitment, and enthusiasm for increasing safety awareness related to interacting and communicating online.
At this year’s 2016 FCCLA National Leadership Conference, the winner was announced in front of nearly 10,000 conference attendees. The winning student will have their audio clip broadcast nationwide through the National Association of Broadcasters airways as well as receive a $1,000 scholarship.
First place went to Columbus Career and College Academy for the PSA entitled, What if it was you?
CareerSafe is privileged to be supporting America’s future workforce throughout their education. CareerSafe would to congratulate Columbus Career and College Academy on the win of this year’s National Cyber Safety PSA Scholarship Contest!
Thank you for all of the creative submissions and stay connected for next year's contest!
39th Annual HOSA International Leadership Conference
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!
2016 National Young Worker Safety Day
June 21, 2016 - On June 21, 2016, the sixth annual National Young Worker Safety Day (NYWSD) celebrated the achievements of students and educators while raising awareness of youth injuries in the workplace. Thousands of career and technical education students participated in the National Young Worker Safety Day celebration at the 52nd SkillsUSA® National Leadership and Skills Conference this year.
CareerSafe’s founder Dr. Teverbaugh stated, “On National Young Worker Safety Day, over 6,000 CTE teachers and students enthusiastically pledged to embrace safety awareness in their schools, workplaces, homes and communities. Their demonstrated commitment brings us one step closer to our goal of ensuring that every young worker knows their legal right to a safe workplace and can mitigate workplace hazards.” He went on to say, “CareerSafe is proud to advocate on behalf of America’s youth because No Job is Worth a Young Worker’s Life!”
Throughout NYWSD, the CareerSafe team created hundreds of new relationships and opened doors to fresh opportunities in increasing awareness for workplace safety for young workers prior to their first jobs. More individuals pledged to StaySafe in the workplace than ever before. Students, teachers, and industry leaders were encouraged to sign the safety banner and pledge to StartSafe and StaySafe in the workplace. This year’s banner was completely full with signatures signifying a commitment to safety. CareerSafe distributed commemorative t-shirts and other giveaways for students and educators participating in the event.
The importance of National Young Worker Safety Day continues to be significant each year as young workers enter the workforce. According to the CDC, there were approximately 20.3 million young people, under the age of 24, entering the workforce in 2015; however, this does not mean that these young workers are prepared and confident to handles the risks associated with a work environment. It is important to note that workplace safety is often overlooked for young workers because they often work on a seasonal or part-time basis. Based on current statistics, young workers between the ages of 16 and 24, have the highest rates of work-related injuries and illnesses. “Young workers tend to be employed in some of our more dangerous workplaces and experience a disproportionate amount of workplace injuries. Every seven minutes a young worker is hospitalized, and every five days a young worker is killed on the job,” stated U.S. Senator Al Franken, D-Minnesota on the importance of National Young Worker Safety Day, “As a father, a grandfather and Ranking Member of the Senate Employee and Workplace Safety Subcommittee, I’m saddened by these figures That’s why today’s event, the National Young Worker Safety Day, is so important.”
For those that were not be able to attend the conference, efforts to promote youth safety education continue on at HOSA, FCCLA, and FBLA national conferences in June and July. CareerSafe has compiled important statistics, helpful safety tips, and information on workplace injuries and deaths associated with the different industries. To access these resources, please visit our resources page.
CareerSafe encourages both educators and students to continue to help promote safety awareness all year-round through several scholarship opportunities. Students are challenged to create both safety video PSAs and written essays expressing the importance of safety training. Follow CareerSafe news, social media, and events to remain up to date on opportunities to make a difference in workplace safety education.
Through a collaborative effort, what we do every day can save lives and lower injury rates for young workers. Remember, no job is worth a young worker’s life.
6th Annual CareerSafe National Youth Safety Video Contest
COLLEGE STATION, TX – June 21st, 2016 – CareerSafe®, the country's leading provider of online OSHA 10-Hour safety training specifically designed for youth, has announced the winners of the sixth annual National Youth Safety Video Contest. The celebration took place during the 52nd Annual SkillsUSA® National Leadership and Skills Conference on June 21st through June 24th in Louisville, Kentucky. SkillsUSA hosted more than 16,000 young workers, skilled craftsmen and educators.
The National Youth Safety Video Contest, organized by CareerSafe, challenges students to create short videos demonstrating safety in the workplace. With this scholarship, students are given the opportunity to show their creativity and knowledge of safety. All videos that were submitted showed dedication, commitment, and enthusiasm for increasing safety awareness among America’s youth.
At this year’s National SkillsUSA® Leadership and Skills Conference, the winners were announced in front of nearly 16,000 conference attendees. First, second, and third place winners received both a scholarship prize as well as a monetary contribution to their school programs from William Cochran, OSHA Area Director for Nashville.
First place received a $2,500 scholarship to the winning student/group and a $5,000 prize to the school.
Second place received a $2,000 scholarship to the winning student/group and $3,500 prize to the school.
Third place received a $1,500 scholarship to the winning student/group and $2,000 prize to the school.
First place went to Bay Arenac ISD Career Center in Bay City, Michigan for their creative video on the awareness of workplace safety. Second place went to Middle Creek High School in Apex, North Carolina, and third place went to Chariho Career & Technical Center in Junction, Rhode Island. CareerSafe wants to thank OSHA and SkillsUSA for their support in this scholarship contest that will aid students in their plans to further their training. CareerSafe is privileged to be supporting America’s future workforce throughout their education.
CareerSafe would like to congratulate all the winners of this year’s National Youth Safety Video Contest! Remember, no job is worth a young worker’s life.
To learn more about the video contest checkout our scholarships page!
2016 PSA Poll
2016 Video Poll
2016 Video Voting
It's that time of year again! CareerSafe®, Safety Education for America's Future, is excited to sponsor the 2015-2016 National Youth Safety Video Contest. Students from across the country are challenged to create a short video demonstrating safety in the workplace. The top three video winners will receive scholarship prizes and be announced at the Opening Ceremony of the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, KY.
Check out this year's finalist below and then vote for your favorite video!
A Word on Safety
Work Safety A PSA
All Safe. All Day.
Safety is never Out of Date
You Entered the Safety Zone
Staying Alive with OSHA
The Colors of Safety
The Safety Fairy
Teen Survival Guide
Personal Protective Entertainment - Works
Life is Not a Dream
Start to Stay Safe
2016 PSA Voting
Through the new National Cyber Safety Public Service Announcement scholarship contest, students across the country are challenged to create a 30 second audio clip promoting the importance of safe online behavior. The winning students will have their audio clip broadcast nationwide through the National Association of Broadcasters airways as well as receive a $1,000 scholarship.
Check out this year's finalists below and then vote for your favorite Cyber Safety PSA!
What if it was you?
The Rules of Online SAFEty
Staying Safe: Behind the Screen
Essay Scholarship Winner
Central Mountain High School
The OSHA 10-hour program has helped me recognize hazards everywhere I go. Most people assume that it is common sense, as did I, but the program changed my perspective. I am around construction sites daily. I am also related to a ton of people that have to follow OSHA's guidelines. I want to work in the health field after high school; some of the subjects we learned during OSHA was the proper PPE, and correct body mechanics, those will play a huge role for me.
One of my relatives is a contractor; I can now recognize when there is a hazard or something is wrong. For example, he is building a house, and the other day I noticed that the men were not properly following the walkway hazard. There were cords, tools, boxes and stuff everywhere. I recognized this as a hazard because someone could have easily fallen and injured themselves. I cleaned it up, and reported it immediately because that is what I learned from the 10-hour online program.
My mom is a pre-school teacher; I noticed the other day while visiting her at work, that there was a hazard. There was a kid's coat hung on the fire extinguisher. This is a hazard because if there was a fire, someone either couldn't have found the extinguisher or it may have taken too long to get the coat off and the fire put out. I mentioned it to my mom, who then gave the kids a lesson on why it is important that the coat was removed and the possibilities that can occur.
My sister is a nurse; she is trained to dispense medicine to the elderly that she works with. Some people that she works with are not trained to do so. I asked her if they have a double-lock rule there so unauthorized personnel can't get into the medicine. She told me that every medicine cabinet at her workplace must. OSHA workers come into health facilities very often because it is important to take care of yourself and others. I told her to make sure no one sees the code or gets ahold of the keys.
After high school, I want to be a physician's assistant. OSHA allowed me to think of real life situations. OSHA explained the proper body mechanics that a worker should use. Knowing this now, I realize that it will be extremely helpful to me as I will be on my feet constantly and moving patients. I know now that if I don't bend with my hips and legs properly, I will put too much strain on my back and possibly be in the hospital myself at some point. Another thing they talked about that will come into the health field is using the proper personal protective equipment. Having the correct PPE for the job could mean life or death. I can come into contact with different types of diseases that can be contagious. OSHA stressed how important it is to protect yourself from any possible contamination, along with protecting others. Since taking this course, I constantly think: "Am I bending properly?", "Is this putting too much strain on my back?" I have a lot less pain now, imagine if I didn't know the risk, I could have back problems a lot earlier than I should!
Emergencies may seem unlikely to happen. But it is a good idea to be prepared at all times for one. OSHA told me about natural disasters, fires, gas leaks and chemical spills. I would have never known what to do without the help of OSHA. They taught me that every facility needs to have multiple escape plans, directions on who to tell, and a list of priorities of who and what to get in case of one of those emergencies. OSHA has made me realize that accidents and emergencies DO happen and CAN happen unexpectedly everywhere.
The OSHA program has impacted me more than I thought it would. I thought it would be boring and that I wouldn't remember anything from it, but no. I remember so much of what I learned. The small quizzes and videos helped me recognize the hazards so much better. Harmful decisions are made all the time without knowledge. It's nice to know that I won't be the one making them, now with the knowledge I have from OSHA. From now on, I need to make sure that not only myself is safe and acknowledged but others as well.
Essay Scholarship Winner
Central Mountain High School
Healthcare is a field, which contains multiple hazards including bloodborne pathogens, hazardous chemicals, and lack of or improper personal protective equipment (PPE). Fortunately, I was given the opportunity to partake in the OSHA 10-hour course, with which I learned several safety precautions related to the hazards previously mentioned. This information will not only help me get a job in my field of choice, but it will also allow me to keep myself and my patients safe.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are about 385,000 sharps injuries annually in hospital employees. These sharps-related injuries may expose workers to bloodborne pathogens, which are defined as infectious microorganisms in human blood, or bodily fluids that can cause disease. These diseases include, but are not limited to hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C (HCV), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Since taking the OSHA 10-hour course, I understand my rights as an employee in healthcare, and how to protect myself from needle-sticks and others sharps-related injuries. I have the right to receive proper personal protective equipment (PPE) at no cost, receive the hepatitis B vaccine, as well as a vaccination series, and receive worker training in appropriate engineering controls. Engineering controls are measures that will reduce employee exposure to certain hazards either by removing, eliminating, or isolating said hazards. These measures include sharps disposal containers, self-sheathing needles, and safer medical devices such as sharps injuries protections and needleless systems. I understand that is not only my responsibility to keep me safe, but also my employer's. My employer must select safer needle devices in order to help reduce employee exposure to bloodborne pathogens. If I were to be struck by a needle, I have the right to a post exposure evaluation and follow-up. My new understanding of OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard will help me identify hazards such as unsafe needle devices and improper PPE, and this new understanding will help me better comprehend my rights as an employee.
Throughout the OSHA 10-hour course, I was given the tools to start safe and safe. I am able to locate hazardous chemicals, and recognize my rights as an employee regarding hazardous chemicals. As a future healthcare worker, I will be at risk of exposure to hazardous chemicals such as pesticides, disinfectants, and hazardous drugs. Therefore, it is necessary that I understand that as an employee I have to right to access Safety Data Sheets (SDSs). I have the right to be provided adequate training, and I have the right to demand visible warning labels, and file a complaint if there are none. Safety Data Sheets will help me better identify hazards that I may be exposed to in the workplace, as they include more detailed information on the hazards such as identifications, hazards, prevention, and exposure controls. SDSs prove to be an important resource for employees to learn more about the products they will be using. It will also help me, as an employee, to identify the specific hazards of the chemical, and how to protect myself and other employees from those hazards, including safe handling and emergency measures.
Without proper personal protective equipment, I could be at risk for exposure to several infectious material or chemicals. Throughout the OSHA-10 hour course, I have learned about the PPE standards. If needed, I must be provided proper personal protective equipment by my employer. In addition, employers must conduct a hazards assessment to determine which hazards are present that require appropriate PPE. Personal protective equipment is a necessity in the health field, as illnesses could easily travel from patient to caretaker if one does not have proper PPE. For example, if a patient has Anthrax, an airborne illness, and the nurse or doctor taking care of the patient does not have a surgical facemask, then there is a very high chance that said nurse or doctor will contract the illness. My knowledge about the guidelines and importance of proper protective equipment will help me greatly in my future.
Choosing a career in the health field means choosing a career with several work hazards, luckily; however, I have recently received my 10-hour OSHA credential, and am therefore qualified to locate and dispose of hazards. This knowledge will help me in my future career to protect myself and my patients. I can use my understanding of employee rights under OSHA to protect myself from any further damage caused by negligence of my employers. I am able to report this negligence and get the issue solved in a matter of time. I look forward to successfully becoming part of the health field, while starting safe and staying safe.
Essay Scholarship Winner
Maroa-Forsyth High School
As an active member of the FFA, I was encouraged to participate in SAE recordbooks. My SAE is an Apple Orchard business that I created under the guidance of my grandfather. Over the course of three years, I have expanded and improved the overall business, but I have wanted to focus on the safety practices that OSHA implements. It wasn’t until my FFA Advisor encouraged me to complete the online OSHA Training that I put that goal into action. OSHA modules such as “Personal Protective Equipment” or PPE, “Safety and Health Assessment,” and “Tractor Safety” have given me the necessary skills and general knowledge about safety to properly handle dangerous or potentially dangerous situations while working on my orchard.
While the size of the orchard is small, the safety aspect is still a main concern, and I know through one of my business meetings with my grandfather how much better he felt knowing I had gone through the training. The OSHA 10-hour card is just a reminder to me that when I am pruning or cutting tree limbs, I should always be wearing protective eye and hand apparel. My application to the safety practices in the orchard made my training “real” to me. Holding the card reminds me that when I am using a tractor to dispose of apple rinds after making cider, it is a piece of equipment that doesn’t care if I have had a long day, safety must be respected. I know I should always use and follow proper tractor safety rules for the safety of myself and more importantly my siblings working with me in the orchard. The OSHA 10-hour card is not just a reminder of the things I learned, but an example of the activities that should be implemented in any dangerous work situation.
Whether on my orchard or at my position at the local movie theater, I can now see the application of my OSHA training and how is important both to the employee and manager. My SAE has developed into a successful business through the quality and quantity of the products that I sell, but without utilizing my OSHA knowledge, it is highly likely that injuries produced in the orchard could have prevented this success. My future plans include continuing this orchard and sharing the quality products produced with my community. The knowledge I have gained from the OSHA 10-hour General Industry (Agriculture) session will remain with me as I continue to grow my business.
Essay Scholarship Winner
Sturgis Brown High School
Since my completion of the 10-hour OSHA course, I have come across several instances that turned out for the better because of my knowledge about workplace safety. This course was a challenging, yet rewarding task that was required for my Agriculture class I took my freshman year. Ever since I received my OSHA wallet card, I discovered that this course was much more than just a class assignment.
As stated earlier, I have come across several instances where my in-depth workplace safety knowledge has proven to be valuable. For several years, I have worked as a custodian at my county’s courthouse when staff was low. While this job seems very low stress and low hazard, there have been several situations where I have been able to use what I learned to complete a task in a safe way. Many chemicals are used to clean different things inside and outside of the courthouse. By recalling what I learned in the OSHA course, I was able to identify which chemicals and cleaners could not be mixed with other chemicals, which could not be used with bare hands, and what ones need to be kept away from fire and heat. This was extremely helpful to know because once I chose which substance I needed to use, I was able to determine how to use it and where I should return it when I was done. Another situation where OSHA has bettered my actions is when I was required to clean tricky locations. Knowledge of how to properly set up a ladder and what not to do when using one, for instance, was extremely helpful for me. Everyday I found myself in positions where OSHA wisdom helped me for the better.
Another way that this course has and will continue to help me is by getting a job. On many applications, I have mentioned that I am OSHA certified. This is not the sole reason for getting any job, but with this 10-hour course under my belt, it is just another qualification that is beneficial for me. I truly believe that taking the course has been helpful for me in several different ways. Many of my friends have also taken this course and a common joke we make when we see something very dangerous. For example, a man standing on a ladder that is placed on a rocky, uneven surface and the ladder is wobbling, is “Oh that is not OSHA approved”. Four years after taking this course and it still comes up in my day-to-day life, even if it is just to point out something that is not “OSHA approved” and have a laugh.
While the OSHA course was nothing but a class requirement to me when I took it, since then I have found it to be very valuable. With reoccurring opportunities to demonstrate what I was taught, the 10-hour course and what I learned has never disappointed me. I feel more capable and competent when dealing with workplace safety than I ever did before taking this course.
CareerSafe Announces the Launch of New OSHA 10-Hour General Industry (Healthcare) Course
COLLEGE STATION, TX - March 4, 2016 - Employing over 18 million workers, healthcare is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the U.S. economy. CareerSafe®, the country’s leading provider of online safety training specifically designed for youth, will launch an online OSHA 10-Hour General Industry (Healthcare) training program.
“Workers in healthcare face a unique set of hazards that ranks healthcare among the highest in injury reports for private industries. We want to provide young workers with safety training specific to their interests and future career paths. We’re thrilled to expand OSHA’s outreach into healthcare and continue to make a difference in the lives of young people,” said Dr. Larry Teverbaugh, Founder and CEO of CareerSafe.
CareerSafe’s OSHA 10-Hour General Industry (Healthcare) course will meet national and industry recognized credential qualifications set by OSHA and translate into the healthcare work environment. Through this training course, students will become more knowledgeable about workplace hazards as well as their rights and their employers’ responsibilities. The course topics include: Introduction to OSHA, Bloodborne Pathogens, Ergonomics, Preventing Workplace Violence, Biological Agents and Infection Control, and several more.
"Health science education is vital to building a talent pipeline to fulfill future needs in the health industry,” said Dr. Jim Koeninger, HOSA-Future Health Professions Executive Director. “HOSA is honored to partner with CareerSafe to promote the introduction of the online OSHA safety program specifically for health. Students need access to quality safety resources in preparation for pathways leading to high growth careers that are in high demand.”
CareerSafe is committed to delivering training to students, educators, and schools at a reasonable cost of $25 per student. Once a student successfully completes the online CareerSafe OSHA 10-Hour General Industry (Healthcare) training course, the student will receive an OSHA 10-Hour General Industry course completion wallet card. Educators can seamlessly integrate the CareerSafe program in the classroom through the student management system and will have access to an interactive gradebook, classroom reporting, and supplemental tools that follow each topic.
CareerSafe believes that safety is a life skill and workplace safety training should be available to all young workers as they enter their career fields. Through this program, students will develop a safety mindset and acquire marketable skills for a competitive edge. America’s youth are our future. No job is worth a young worker’s life.
Learn more about the CareerSafe OSHA 10-Hour General Industry (Healthcare) course today!
Since 2003, more than 670,000 students have enrolled into CareerSafe safety training programs. By providing fundamental safety knowledge and awareness to entry-level workers, students enter the workforce more confident, capable, and efficient. CareerSafe's OSHA 10-Hour training courses give students the opportunity to lay a long-term groundwork for future career success. At a cost of $25 per student, CareerSafe provides the most affordable authorized online OSHA training programs in the country. America's youth are our future. Make safety a priority. For additional information about CareerSafe, visit our website: http://www.careersafeonline.com
Cyber Instructor Guide
The CareerSafe® Online Cyber Safety Awareness Training series provide students with basic awareness training to recognize and respond to cyberbullying situations. The adoption of technology has grown at an unprecedented pace over the last 10 years making it easier now more than ever to stay connected. We now have constant access through mobile connectivity. Teens have have adopted this new technology as an extension of their lifestyle. The freedom to share information with and about each other anywhere anytime has exposed teens to a new vulnerabilities.
Below are the links to the Cyber Safety Awareness Training Instructor Guides in a pdf format.
Essay Scholarship Winner
Mahoning County Career and Technical Center
No Job is Worth a Young Worker's Life
The statement "No job is worth a young worker's life" means to me that a person is more valuable than the job that they may be trying to finish. If they are trying to finish a paint job or do some extra drywall work, but they aren’t doing it safely or are not qualified, they need to find assistance rather than endanger themselves to achieve their desired goal. I have been on a job site where a man fell while trying to clean. I am pretty sure that the homeowner would rather have a dirty window case than to have someone die or get severely injured while working.
Young workers are more at risk for injury because younger people may not have as much experience or enough training to finish the job. In order to be a qualified and trustworthy employee, you must care for your personal safety and the well-being of those around you. Younger age means a younger mind and a lot of young people feel like they are invincible and don’t need to follow rules which may be made for them specifically. In order to do their job well and be safe doing it, they need to consider that.
The CareerSafe credential will help me in life by allowing me to stay safe, and if I have a high enough position in management, keep my employees safe as well. Staying safe means everything to further educate yourself. Without safety precautions and tools, a lot of people would be dead. I am thankful that we are capable of obtaining safety information and equipment to keep us out of harm’s way. If I were to interview for a job and they have to decide between me and another person, not only will I have the advantage of my vocational school experience, but also my OSHA 10 credential. That may be a deciding factor for the employers.
My lab instructor, Mr. Smith, and his assistant, Mrs. Rosko, have challenged our class to recall our training from the beginning of work career every day. We have been trained to work with our shirts tucked in to prevent any harm to multiple parts of the body and to always wear the necessary face protection to cover our eyes and other facial features. We are always sure to check our harnesses and safety equipment to ensure our safety in case of an accident.
I have used my training many times in lab but also working at my home. I recently started building a workbench for myself to use and while I was cutting, my circular saw kicked back. If the OSB that I was cutting had not been secured properly, I could have been majorly injured. In lab, we are always secured when working above certain heights or objects and when working below, we make sure we have a hard hat on in case of any falling debris or tools.
2015 Safety Educator of the Year Announcement
There are several ways that career and technical education instructors across the country develop and prepare students for high-wage, high-skill, high-demand careers. CareerSafe’s similar goal to deliver Safety Education for America’s Future is one that cannot be successful without the help and advocacy of thousands of educators nationwide.
The Safety Educator of the Year Award was established to recognize educators that instill these career skills in their students, while also prioritizing the importance of safety in all aspects of life. CareerSafe is excited to announce the winner of the 2015 Safety Educator of the Year Award — Mr. John “Jay” Eichmann, a construction teacher from Clovis High School’s Regional Occupation Program (ROP). Eichmann was one of 12 nationwide finalists for the Safety Educator of the Year Award. He received the award in front of his peers at the National Career Tech VISION Conference in New Orleans.
“My students are learning that working safe is the mark of a professional. They realize pretty quickly that they’re training to be professionals in the workforce,” said Eichmann. After spending nearly 20 years working in the electronic systems industry, Eichmann’s passion for education, driven by the support of his wife and two children, led him into Career and Technical Education (CTE). As a former member of the United States Navy, Eichmann strives to give his students the courage needed to become leaders in society, and to know that even when working in dangerous situations, they can have the confidence and knowledge to work safely. Part of his class program is to establish a safety mindset by completing OSHA 10-Hour training and becoming familiar with safety and health principles by completing a safety awareness walk through of their campus to learn about safety topics such as chemical storage, lighting safety, non-skid surfaces and fire safety.
“If they already have [the OSHA training] completed, they are ahead of their competition. It does not matter if you are working in construction or working in the mall, you are going to be far above your competition,” explained Eichmann.
Eichmann’s students have had success with their OSHA credentials, and virtually every student who has been hired cites his or her OSHA credential as a primary reason he or she was chosen over the competition.
“Hands-on career and technical education classes give [students] the ability to complete tasks, but also proves to them that they need the academic background to be successful,” Eichmann explained. Each month, Eichmann distinguishes one student that displays strong leadership, academic, and safety skills, and highlights them on his class webpage.
Innovative education presents Eichmann with chances to prepare his students for their futures with real world work experiences. His vision has always been to teach students to take the skills that they learn in the classroom and apply them to any project or problem they encounter in life. Once his students are satisfactorily prepared with technical skills and safety training, they are able to use their education to work and volunteer in the community. Clovis High School ROP students partner with local contractors to complete many community projects each semester, including the construction of an eco-friendly garden, the building of small full-scale homes, and the establishment of a Women in Construction Club.
In addition to technical skills training, Eichmann’s class focuses on employability by teaching his students the necessary soft skills to excel in resume writing and interview techniques. “Partnerships and support is the key to success as teachers,” said Eichmann. As the recipient of the 2015 Safety Educator of the Year Award, Eichmann was presented with a $5,000 grant for his classroom and a paid membership to ACTE for one year. He plans to use the monetary prize to enhance his students’ educational experience both in and outside his classroom, including providing his students with their own personal protective equipment to take with them as they begin their careers.
No job is worth a young worker’s life. With educators like Eichmann preparing students with career and safety skills, we are one step closer to lowering the injury and fatality rates for young workers. Eichmann is setting a new standard for preparing America’s future workforce. Please join us in congratulating Jay Eichmann as the 2015 Safety Educator of the Year!
Essay Scholarship Winner
Shawsheen Valley Technical Regional Vocational High School
My OSHA 10-Hour Wallet Card
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, works hard to educate people on the importance of up-to-date safety procedures and the effectiveness of starting safe and staying safe. Obtaining my OSHA 10-Hour wallet card has opened my eyes to the potential hazards and fatalities that can occur in a workplace or job site. “Fourteen Americans are killed on the job every single day of the year. In addition, tens of thousands die every year from workplace disease and over 4.6 million workers are seriously injured on the job” (OSHA). Danger can occur anywhere at any time, and by completing the OSHA General Industry safety and health course, I am aware of the many risks. My knowledge of safety provides me with the ability to exhibit the principles of it to those who are less knowledgeable. CareerSafe’s General Industry program has had a huge impact on me, allowing me to spread awareness to others. This course has provided me with a new outlook on safety and may prevent injuries and fatalities for those who have completed it, including myself. I will continue to use the knowledge I have gained at home, at school, and at work.
OSHA has helped me to recognize, prevent, and eliminate dangers at home. These dangers include anything from electrical hazards in the bathroom to a spill on the kitchen floor. CareerSafe has allowed me to make my household safer than I ever thought possible. I have even shared my knowledge of all the important safety procedures I have learned with my family, so that they too can be educated. Thanks to OSHA, my family and I now have a better understanding of what to look out for to remain safe at home and how to put an end to the danger that surrounds us.
School is a place where many hazards are bound to occur. With a large student body, there is a high risk for accidents without the staff and student receiving proper safety training. OSHA has had a positive impact on the students of my school. I attend a vocational/technical high school, and obtaining an OSHA 10-Hour safety card is mandatory to graduate. I am a Business Technology student, while others are enrolled in construction, medical, and more. At school, I personally need to watch out for issues like open file cabinets, exposed cords, spills near electronics, and even eye strain. With every student having knowledge of safety hazards and what to do if they occur, my school has a safer learning environment than ever before.
OSHA has positively affected my safety in the workplace. Workers are vulnerable to the potential dangers that surround them as soon as they step into their workplace or job site. Injuries can occur from fires or even repetitive motion. Consequentially, I am beginning my career in a business environment and OSHA has taught me about ergonomics. Sitting down and working on a computer all day long can take a toll on the human body. Comfort in an office is very important to health and the overall quality of work I can produce within the work day. I now know what to do to make my job easier on my wrists, back, neck and more. In addition to my knowledge of ergonomics, I now know how to handle the possibility of danger and injury. By taking this safety course, injuries and the risk of death will become less of a concern because of my understanding that I need to be conscious of what is going on around me and the hazards the work environment may create.
Being educated on potential dangers and hazards that I may encounter in my life has been, and will continue to be, very beneficial to my health and safety. My home, school, and work have become safer environments following my completion of the OSHA 10-Hour General Industry safety and health course. I have learned to start safe and stay safe and will continue to educate others on the valuable information that OSHA has taught me to make this world a safer place.
Each quarter, CareerSafe will select up to four (4) students to receive a scholarship. Additional information can be found on the CareerSafe Essay Scholarship Opportunity page.