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ERC Continuing Education & Outreach Program tools


Confined Space for Agriculture

This on-line course is designed to cover the major confined space issues facing work in agriculture. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has established requirements and procedures for the entry of confined spaces that they have identified as posing special dangers to those entering. The goal of this program is to help participants meet the introductory training requirements of the standard. Additional training is required to provide the employee with the information and procedures specific to a given work site. In many cases, additional training in required in the use of equipment, monitoring procedures, documentation, and emergency procedures that are specific to your work site. The additional training must be provided to meet the requirements of the standards.


Kane County Children's Environmental Health Conference - "Caring for Kane Kids: Promoting Health Environments"
Children's Environmental Health Case Study

This is one in a series of interactive case studies in children’s environmental health. When complete, this series of six case studies will orient the participant to important topics in pediatric environmental health. Within the context of a clinical scenario, important information regarding the diagnosis and management of environmental illness will be presented. Additionally, emphasis will be placed on the public health aspects of pediatric environmental illness. The cases are intended for providers involved in the care of children as well as public health practitioners and other health care providers with an interest in environmental health and medicine.

This program is designed for pediatricians, family practitioners, emergency room physicians and nurses, internists, physicians assistants, nurse practitioners and poison control personnel. The cases are intended for providers involved in the care of children as well as public health practitioners and other health care providers with an interest in environmental health and medicine.

Youth Violence Prevention Curriculum

This Youth Violence Prevention curriculum was developed by a multi-disciplinary team from John H. Stroger Hospital Trauma and Emergency departments in order to train health care providers in responding to youth violence issues. Read more here.

Partnering with Retailers and Communities on a Primary Prevention Campaign to Promote Lead Safe Work Practices

This project was established as a response to the Illinois Lead Poisoning Prevention Act of 2006, which requires hardware stores to post signs or give out information on lead safe work practices. The Outreach program, in partnership with Lead Safe Illinois, created this workbook as a guide for local health departments to help them disseminate information to retailers.


Museum/Gallery Collections: Preventing Health Hazards, HARTS Conference 2002

The Museum/Gallery Collections: Preventing Health Hazards HARTS Conference 2002 presents information for assessing and addressing health and safety hazards and controls in museum and gallery settings.

Health in the Arts Conference 2000

This Health in the Arts Conference 2000 provided a forum for participants to learn about the nature and extent of health and safety hazards faced by artists, performers, professional artistic support staff in the arts and primary post-secondary educators. Participants learned about injuries and illnesses which artists experience, the conditions which cause the injury and illness and strategies for the control and elimination of hazards.


Healthy School, Healthy You Conference: Introduction to School Environmental and Occupational Health

This course presents the audio and visual presentations from our conference titled: Healthy School, Healthy You conducted on April 6, 2002 at the UIC School of Public Health. Participants will 1) identify hazards and create a list of issues and concerns for school personnel and students, 2) describe a prevention approach including identification, training, control strategies, reporting and student/employee participation in program development, and 3) explain the industrial hygiene ladder of control approach to solving exposure hazards.
Health and Safety Training Materials for Homecare Workers
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Quality Work, Quality Care: A State-of-the-Art, National Conference for Home Care Stakeholders
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Home Care Blood Exposure Research Partnership Presentation - "Muriel's Day"
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Great Lakes Center Health and Safety Fact Pack
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The Homecare Advisor is designed as a workbook to help improve an organization's health and safety program. The materials were developed in cooperation with home care employers, employees, and government agency representatives. Suggested uses for the Advisor include: 1) Completing the Employer's Health & Safety Advisor to identify the strengths and areas for improvement in an existing program; 2) Reviewing materials included in the Advisor and selecting tools that would be useful in enhancing a health and safety program; 3) Using exercises and tools as a self-study guide for developing a plan to identify potential hazards and control strategies; 4) Using the exercises to train employees on specific health and safety topics; and 5) Contacting organizations on the resource list to provide support and assistance in the development and implementation of a health and safety program.


“The worker safety card and sharps safety magnet were distributed approximately
one year following the training program during a quarterly Saturday
training session with the employer. The intervention tools were distributed as
part of a 1.5-hour review session on blood and body fluid exposure in home
care that was conducted four times; three times in English and once in Russian,
just as the training program was. These review sessions were part of all-day,
Saturday trainings with this agency on other topics such as elder abuse.
Attendance at these sessions ranged from 150 to 800 participants.

The intervention tools were designed to serve as a review of the importance of
blood and body fluid exposure, and to assist home care aides in discussing proper
sharps disposal with their clients. During the sessions, a facilitator, with the
assistance of 10 to 15 trainers, presented each of the training tools. Following a
description of the two intervention tools, an exercise was conducted in which
each home care aide was asked to work with a partner in a role-playing exercise
that involved giving the sharps safety magnet to their clients. During the roleplaying,
one person would act as the home care aide and one as the client. They
discussed sharps safety with each other and then switched, allowing for each
person to play both roles. Following the role-playing, the trainers facilitated
group discussion on issues that arose during the exercise. Individuals were
recruited to serve as trainers for the intervention tools session in the same
manner as for the blood and body fluid exposure training program. Special
train-the-trainer sessions were also conducted for those who volunteered to
serve as trainers.”

Implementation and evaluation of interventions for home care aides on blood and body fluid exposure in large group settings.  Amuwo, S., Sokas, R. K., Nickels, L., Zanoni, J., Lipscomb, J. (2011).   New Solutions, 21(2), pages 242-243.

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