Course: Occupational Health and Vulnerable Worker Populations

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Module 1: Workforces and Workplaces

» Lecture 1: Workforces and Workplaces

  • Define the terms used to describe and enumerate the U.S. labor force
  • Describe the changing distribution of occupations and industries in the U.S.
  • Describe significant trends over time in the demographic characteristics of the labor force

Module 2: Working Through the Lifespan

» Lecture 2: Adolescent Workers

  • Describe the demographic characteristics of the working adolescent
  • Identify the physical and psychological characteristics of adolescents and the impact of work
  • Discuss the risks and benefits of adolescent worker
  • Define the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the lack of enforcement and health and safety implications for working adolescents
  • Describe current research on working adolescents

» Lecture 3: Aging Workers

  • List common obstacles and myths that impact the ability of older workers to have safe and productive working lives
  • Describe the relationship between work demands and physical changes that occur with aging
  • Discuss the risk factors and prevention of occupational injuries in older workers
  • Cite strategies that can be incorporated into policies and programs to prevent discriminatory treatment and maintain the health and well being of older workers

Module 3: Disability, Obesity, Mental Illness, and Infectious Disease

» Lecture 4: Barriers to the Disabled: Maintaining Employment, Return to Work

  • Identify the characteristics (demographics, statistics) of workers with disabilities in the United States
  • Describe current models of disability
  • Discuss the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the 2008 ADA Amendments Act and theimplications for the employer and the employee
  • Explain the barriers to the disabled by completing an interview with Dr. SB Lee, an individual with a mobility disorder

» Lecture 5: Obesity, Work, and the Environment

  • Define overweight and obesity
  • Describe the impact of obesity on morbidity and mortality
  • Discuss how the relationship between obesity and work impacts occupational safety and health
  • Identify the ethical, legal and social issues related to work and obesity

» Lecture 6: Infectious Diseases (IDs) and Health Care Personnel (HCP) - This lecture is not currently available

  • Discuss the common infectious disease exposures among health care workers
  • Describe preventive methods for reducing the occupational transmission of infectious diseases

» Lecture 7: Mental Illness in the Workplace

  • Describe the epidemiology, costs and management issues of mental illness issues in the workplace
  • List the more prevalent mental health problems in the workplace
  • Identify interventions related to prevention, management and accommodation of mental illness in the work setting

Module 4: Management of Disability/Illness and Return to Work

» Lecture 8: Return to Work (RTW) and Maintenance of Employment

  • Describe the demographic, physical, psychosocial, and clinical factors that influence return to work (RTW)
  • State the current statistics with respect to returning the employee to work
  • Discuss the components of a disability management program

Module 5: Women, Minority, and Immigrant Workers

» Lecture 9: Women and Work

  • Describe the characteristics of women workers and their work
  • Identify safety and health issues for working women
  • Summarize the impact of multiple roles on women's work: caregiving

» Lecture 10: Minority Workers and the Ongoing Struggle for Environmental Justice in the Workplace

  • Examine the social and economic factors that influence job opportunities for minority workers
  • Describe how minority workers are at increased risk for occupational disease and injury
  • Describe interventions and actions to promote the health and safety of diverse workforces

» Lecture 11: Immigrant Workers

  • Discuss the relationship between U.S. immigration trends and occupation-specific demographics
  • Cite reasons for increased rates of injury among immigrant workers
  • Describe barriers to health care for immigrant workers
  • Identify approaches to maximize the effectiveness of health and safety training programs for immigrant workers

Module 6: The Second Shift: Workers' Families

» Lecture 12: Emergency Responders: Take Home Stress

  • List the signs and symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Describe the concerns experienced by family members of emergency response workers
  • State important considerations for providing mental health services after an event

» Lecture 13: Take-Home Toxins

  • Describe the means by which non-workers, such as household members, become exposed to work-related toxic agents
  • Identify the classes of toxins most commonly reported to be transferred from the work to home environments
  • Describe measures that can be taken in the workplace and home to reduce the risk of non-worker exposure to workplace hazards

Module 7: Special Working Populations

» Lecture 14: The Military Reservists

  • List worker, family, co-worker and employer issues related to military reserve participation
  • Discuss health and workplace implications of reservists' deployment and return
  • Identify resources that are available to employers and reservists

» Lecture 15: Green Workers

  • Identify newly emerging industries that that account for increases in "green jobs."
  • Describe what is meant by decent work