This is a class offered by the Washington State Labor Education and Research Center.
Over the last four decades, OSHA has been used to respond to life or health-threatening conditions in many industries and professions, not just manufacturing and construction. However, like any law, the Act does not stand up for itself. That requires workplace leadership. One measure of how safety regulations are understood is who gets the blame when workers get hurt on the job. Over time, the pendulum swings between blaming the employer and blaming the worker.
Effective and positive workplace safety culture and climate depends on integrating both the best ideas and the best practices into daily work life. Workers can take the lead in the relationships both between employers and workers, and among workers themselves. Unions and workers’ organizations also play important roles. This class will challenge you to think critically about safety culture and climate and help you develop leadership skills you can use at work.