May 09, 2016

NDLON members complete OSHA 500 course

Participants from worker centers affiliated with the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) successfully completed the OSHA 500 course, and are now authorized OSHA Outreach worker-trainers within the construction industry. This new cadre of trainers are from not only California but Illinois, Washington, Arizona, Texas, Florida and Alabama.

The OSHA 500 class was conducted at the UCLA Labor Center in Los Angeles, Calif., April 25-28, 2016. Hector Escarcega of Dominguez Hills California State University facilitated the course. Dominguez Hills served as the sponsoring OSHA Training Institute.

“The training was intense,” Rodrigo Toscano said. “The students had to study a whole lot to prepare. They also had to prepare to teach. Each student taught a specific topic like electricity or scaffolds or slips and falls.” Toscano, who works at the Labor Institute, is the program liaison between the Tony Mazzocchi Center partnership and worker centers.

As a prerequisite to this course, NDLON members previously finished the OSHA 510 class on April 1, where they gained knowledge of Occupational Safety and Health Administration policies, procedures and standards as well as construction safety and health principles.

OSHA 500 graduates - April 28, 2016


The Tony Mazzocchi Center for Health, Safety and Environmental Education is a project of the United Steelworkers (USW), Communications Workers of America (CWA), Labor Institute, Make the Road New York (MRNY) and National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON). TMC training programs reach more than 20,000 workers from more than 20 industry sectors across the nation annually. Funding is in support by awards through the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences of the National Institutes of Health (NIEHS, NIH). Training reported in this article is supported by the NIEHS, NIH under award number UH4ES009761. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIEHS, NIH.

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