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Bilingual curriculum for dairy worker safety training

Seguridad en las lecherías, a health and safety intervention for immigrant dairy workers, was first developed in Wisconsin between 2011 – 2016.  As part of this successful program, 67 farms participated and 850 workers were trained. This award winning project uses a popular education model that includes worker training and promotores de salud (or Community Health Workers) to reduce worksite hazards and to improve worker knowledge and practices. Through extensive input from workers, health and safety professionals and researchers, this project developed an OSHA-approved five-module, bilingual health and safety training curriculum. The curriculum includes background sections on each topic and a step by step facilitators guide with visuals either in the form a power point slide presentation or a flip chart.

The program has now expanded to Minnesota using the same format.  The Minnesota project, Promoting Safety and Worker Health for Immigrant Dairy Workers,  consists of trainings in Spanish, at no cost, to dairy workers on health and safety issues held during times convenient to the farm operations.

Both projects address safety and health issues beyond worker training and include components to engage the veterinarians and to help producers reinforce safety messages and make their farms safer.

Lesson overview

  • Lesson 1: Working Safely in Dairy | Como trabajar seguro en las lecherías
  • Lesson 2: Working Safely with Cattle | Trabajando con seguridad con el Ganado
  • Lesson 3: Staying Safe with Equipment and Machinery | Manteniendo la seguridad con el equipo y la maquinaria
  • Lesson 4: Workers’ Rights and Responsibilities: Safety and Health on the Farm | Derechos y responsabilidades de los trabajadores: seguridad y salud en el rancho
  • Lesson 5: Working Safely around Chemicals, Confined Spaces and Silos | Trabajando seguro con los químicos, espacios cerrados y los silos

You may download each module to view its content or request power point versions or flip charts by visiting www.migrantclinician.org/seguridad. For additional information about accessing the curriculum contact Amy K. Liebman at aliebman@migrantclinician.org.

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