Worker Occupational Safety and Health (WOSH) Specialist

Construction Worker

WCAHS collaborates with the Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP), based at UC Berkeley Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, on the California Worker Occupational Safety and Health Training and Education Program (WOSHTEP).

WCAHS acts as the Central Valley Resource Center, and WCAHS staff develop and deliver trainings and classes in Spanish and English to the agricultural community.

WOSH Specialist Trainings

WOSHTEP trains California workers to be Worker Occupational Safety and Health (WOSH) Specialists who will become leaders in promoting health and safety in their workplaces.

The role of a Specialist is to:

  • Promote employers’ workplace injury and illness prevention efforts and help develop an Injury and Illness Prevention Program at their workplace
  • Serve as a health and safety resource for others, including coworkers, health and safety committees, unions, and employers
  • Identify workplace hazards
  • Investigate the underlying causes of injuries
  • Promote solutions to health and safety problems
  • Support the successful return-to-work of injured employees

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.