Safety at the Construction Site: Continuing Education Launches First-ever OSHA Training in Mandarin Chinese

Published: February 22, 2013

In Queens, many construction workers are of Chinese descent and language barriers often limit safety awareness on worksites. Based on feedback from the Asian community, including the Flushing Chinese Business Association, Queensborough’s Office of Continuing Education and Workforce Development will offer OSHA safety training conducted in Mandarin Chinese.

OSHAThe program is the only one of its kind in the nation, according to the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The classes are to begin February 25, 2013.

“Queensborough has a long-standing tradition of supporting the specific business and worker needs of the local community, in this case the fast-growing construction environment in Flushing,” said Jeffrey Chen, Program Manager, Professional and Workforce Development, Continuing Education. He added, “The goal of the program is to ensure that all workers – regardless of native language – receive the training necessary to keep them safe.”

New York City law requires a 10 hour training program for all construction workers; Queensborough also offers a 30 hour training program for superintendents, foremen and supervisors.

Each year in the United States, more than 3.3 million working men and women suffer a serious job-related injury or illness. According to OSHA, these injuries and illnesses cost employers more than $53 billion a year in workers’ compensation costs.

For more information on the program, to be conducted at the CUNY Center for Higher Education in Flushing, Queens, contact Jeffrey Chen at 718-281-5546.

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