How do you train employees with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) on safety?
To do just that, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Berkeley School of Public Health, Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, University of California, devised an updated curriculum designed specifically for workers with IDD.
The Staying Safe at Work Curriculum is comprised of six lessons that aims to impart “foundational job safety” and to develop eight “general and transferable” basic safety competencies.
The curriculum helps participants recognize common hazards across a variety of industries and facilities, safety practices, emergency response, rights and responsibilities, and the need to speak up about workplace issues.
The development of the Staying Safe at Work Curriculum attempts to bridge a gap: the fact that workers with IDD lack adequate, appropriate training, especially when they face the same risks as colleagues without IDDs, and when they are more vulnerable to such dangers.
For more information, read the NIOSH press release.
Download the public domain PDF of the curriculum, which includes course guides, and teaching instructions.