Worker Occupational Safety and Health (WOSH) Specialist

Construction Worker

What is the Worker Occupational Safety and Health (WOSH) Program?

The Worker Occupational Safety and Health Training and Education Program (WOSHTEP) was established by state law in 2004 to reform workers’ compensation (AB749). WOSHTEP is administered by the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation in the Department of Industrial Relations through interagency agreements with UC Davis’ Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety, UC Berkeley’s Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP), and UCLA’s Labor Occupational Safety and Health Program (LOSH).

What does the WOSH Specialist Training include?

The Worker Occupational Safety and Health (WOSH) Specialist course is intended to build knowledge and skills in many areas of injury and illness prevention. Participants are required to successfully complete core training consisting of six modules plus a minimum of three supplemental modules relevant to their workplace in order to be recognized as WOSH Specialists and receive a certificate of completion.

The core curriculum addresses competencies for effective participation in workplace injury and illness prevention programs and on joint labor-management health and safety committees. The core curriculum consists of the following modules:

  • Promoting Effective Safety Programs
  • Identifying Hazards in the Workplace
  • Controlling Hazards in the Workplace
  • Health and Safety Rights and Responsibilities
  • Workers’ Compensation and Return-to-Work Programs
  • Taking Action

Supplemental modules on the following topics have been developed to address the needs of the participants:

  • Chemical Hazards and Hazard Communication
  • Workplace Emergency Preparedness 
  • Preventing Musculoskeletal Disorders: Introduction to Ergonomics
  • Workplace Health and Safety Committees
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Communicating Effectively About Workplace Health and Safety
  • How Adults Learn Best: Sharing Health and Safety Information in the Workplace
  • Workplace Violence Prevention

The Worker Occupational Safety and Health Training and Education Program is administered by the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation in the Department of Industrial Relations through inter-agency agreements with the Labor Occupational Health Program at the University of California, Berkeley, the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety at the University of California, Davis, and the Labor Occupational Safety and Health Program at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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