The District 1199C Training Fund's Safety Center
The District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund’s Health Workers Working Healthy (HWWH) project, now in its fifth year, is funded by a Susan Harwood grant (SH-27656-SH5) from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). HWWH trains workers, supervisors, students and job-seekers about occupational safety and OSHA rights for a safe workplace. The HWWH project offers healthcare specific occupational safety training and classes, and also facilitates Train-the-Trainer classes for young and adult workers to prepare them as peer trainers. Our Certified Peer Trainers have successfully trained hundreds of students on key safety topics such as Infection Control, Hand Hygiene, Flu Prevention, Bloodborne Pathogen Prevention, and Eye Safety.
HWWH classes are available at the Training Fund’s Breslin Learning Center, or on-site in healthcare and human services workplace. Trainings and classes – including customized trainings – can be scheduled by calling 215-568-2220 (ask for Ellie Barbarash) or by visiting Classes Offered.
As part of the Susan Harwood grant program, we offer free occupational safety information and technical resources to workers and employers in healthcare. Previous requests for assistance have covered safe patient lifting, infection control, PPE and respiratory protection, biohazardous waste handling, emergency equipment, workplace violence prevention, and much more. Call Ellie Barbarash, Safety Manager, at 215-568-2220 for more information.
All HWWH materials are produced under grant SH-27656-SH5 from OSHA, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, US Department of Labor. HWWH materials do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the US Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products or organizations imply endorsement by the US government.
Bianca Ferreira, MPH, was an intern with the HWWH program in 2013-14 while she finished her graduate degree in Public Health, concentrating in Environmental & Occupational Health at Drexel University. She interviewed frontline District 1199C union members to explore how they were exposed to occupational eye injury, and to uncover the best ways to provide education about protecting workers eyesight on the job.
Together with Safety Manager Ellie Barbarash and management partners at Jefferson, Temple and Inglis House, Bianca developed a safety training program called Eye Safety in Healthcare. She wrote up her findings in a Poster called Improving Eye Safety Training and Education for Frontline Healthcare Workers. Bianca and faculty from the Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health presented her poster at the annual American Public Health Association conference in Chicago in November 2015.