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ERIC Number: ED239761
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Making the "Child Safe" Environment "Adult Safe": Occupational Health and Safety Concerns for Child Care Programs.
Whitebook, Marcy; Ginsburg, Gerri
Results of a nonrandom nationwide survey of 89 child care workers in 20 states concerning work-related health and safety conditions confirm that similar hazardous conditions exist in child care programs throughout the nation. Results also confirm that concern and anger about such conditions and their potential consequences are widespread among staff, as is the need for appropriate training and resource materials to deal with such hazards. The study uncovered a startling prevalence of hazards originally thought to be of little immediate concern, such as the on-site use of chemicals and pesticides. In addition to identifying major hazards in the work environment, respondents were also asked for data on current organizational policy affecting on-site conditions. In general, findings show evidence of working conditions that contribute to the physical and professional debilitation of child care staff and are consistent with previous study results suggesting that child care may adversely affect workers' health. Also included in this report are a brief discussion of a model for improving center conditions and a list of resources providing information on occupational health and safety topics. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A