Oklahoma students will soon be more educated on workplace safety. Lawmakers have enacted State Senate Bill 262, which requires school districts in the state to provide training on workplace safety and health to students in grades 7 through 12. The Oklahoma State Department of Education will now work with the state Labor Department to provide information regarding workplace safety training to school districts throughout the state.
The materials will be based on the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) Youth@Work Talking Safety curriculum. The curriculum includes NIOSH’s Core Competencies, which include eight areas of necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities that individuals needs to learn before entering the work force. The components include the following:
- ability to understand work-related risks
- recognize and control hazards
- recognize rights and responsibilities on the job
- communicate effectively when experiencing a job related problem
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This new law follows an agreement between NIOSH and Miami-Dade County Public Schools to train the school system’s eighth-grade science teachers on using the Talking Safety curriculum. Science teachers in that region and their students will look at the new curriculum. NIOSH researchers will also work with the districts’ science, technology, engineering, and mathematics administrators to create a good model for teaching important workplace safety and health skills. The Miami-Dade School District has already incorporated safe and health work skills into its eight-grade science curriculum, which will reach about 17,000 students each year.