Health and Safety Training

According to the NDLON (National Day Laborer Organizing Network) “day laborers are among the most vulnerable labor groups in the U.S. in terms of workplace health and safety risks. Day laborers are often hired to perform the dirtiest, most difficult and dangerous jobs. Reports show that migrant workers are injured, suffer illnesses, and die on the job at a higher rates than native-born workers because they undertake dangerous jobs, in construction, landscaping, and roofing, for example, with little or no training at all. Language barriers and misunderstandings of governmental agencies usually compound the problem. Unaware of where they can turn and fearful of losing their jobs, most migrant workers do not report hazards on the job to OSHA or to their employers.”

Don Bosco Workers, Inc. provides ongoing health and safety training for its members in compliance with OSHA guidelines (Occupational Satefy and Health Administration):

  •  Don Bosco is a collaborative partner with 13 other worker centers who were active in the restoration efforts following Hurricane Sandy. A grant from the Ford Foundation awarded through NDLON, has enabled us to get access to personal protective equipment, train our members in health and safety related to reconstruction efforts, serve as part of the Day Laborer Relief Brigades. (Period of grant: 11/12 – 10/13)
  • Don Bosco is a partner site and grant recipient for workplace safety training. Through the Susan Harwood OSHA grant, we offer trainings run by a professional training consultant. Each quarter, 15 Don Bosco members participate in these sessions. (Period of grant: 10/12 – 9/13)

“The Don Bosco Hiring center gives me the daily opportunity to find work that pays a fair wage. As a member of the Don Bosco Workers Inc, I am part of a community of workers concerned with making a living wage and overcoming barriers to my participation in society, including jobs, affordable housing and the opportunity for US citizenship.”