Staying Safe in the Workplace
It goes without saying that safety is an essential part of all CTE program opportunities. In Washington, in order to receive federal Carl D. Perkins funding, districts must sign assurances including that:
- CTE programs are structured so that safety factors, supervision, and the number of training stations determine the maximum number of students per classroom.
- Facilities, procedures, and safety lessons taught will follow the guidelines as reflected in related federal, state, and county standards.
It is each educator's responsibility to understand federal and state Labor and Industry laws and rules, particularly those pertaining to minor workers. Teachers may need to explain laws to both employers and students. The Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act (Title 49.17 RCW) covers students involved in cooperative and instructional worksite learning placements.
There are a number of places one can go to learn more about safety requirements including materials on:
- FACSE Safety Project
- L&I Teens Food Service Fact Sheet
- Power Tools Institute
- Workplace Discrimination and Harassment Curriculum for Teens
You can learn more at the University of Washington's Health and Safety Awareness for Working Teens Web site or at the Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) site for teens. The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries division familiar with the Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act (WISHA) can provide specific information on any workplace health or safety standard that might apply.
Pamphlets, publications, and forms may be obtained through http://www.lni.wa.gov/FormPub. The Department of Labor and Industries can provide pamphlets, posters, and the contact information for local Labor and Industries representatives.