BLR News

12/14/2004

Hispanic Workers Record Highest Fatal Injury Rate

The figures are in from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and they are not good for the nation’s 17.5 million Hispanic workers. While long-term workplace injury and fatality trends continue to decline for American workers, Hispanics experience the highest rate of fatal injuries of all reported racial/ethnic groups – 4.5 per 100,000 workers in 2003. This compares to a rate of 4.0 in the working population at large.

The nation’s workplace safety agency, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, couldn’t be clearer on this issue: OSHA is "committed...to protecting the health and safety of our nation’s diverse Hispanic workforce." So, safety managers must train every worker in their organizations to protect themselves against workplace hazards. Or face the music in terms of fines and negative publicity.

For employers the obstacles to training their Hispanic workers are enormous – many do not understand English well enough to be trained in that language, and most safety managers do not speak Spanish well enough to train workers in that language. There is also a shortage of effective Spanish-language training materials on key OSHA training topics.

To solve these problems, Business and Legal Reports Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of its 7-Minute Safety Trainer – Spanish edition. This new safety handbook provides 54 instant safety meetings on key OSHA-required topics. Each meeting has been carefully researched by BLR’s safety editors and outside practitioners. The ready-to-go training package features a learning goal, brief discussion points, a quiz, and an illustrated and reproducible handout that summarizes key training points.

With tens of thousands of the English version of this practical training manual in use, BLR has now made both the handouts and the quizzes available in Spanish.

"Providing effective training for Spanish speaking workers is a huge problem," said BLR President and founder Bob Brady. "We are extremely pleased to be able to provide a resource that helps protect this important group of workers."

Employers who would like to obtain a free sample of a Spanish/English safety meeting may contact BLR at service@BLR.com, or 1 800 727-5257.

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