Aging Workers’ Health and Safety

The Labor Occupational Health Program is developing and implementing a project addressing the occupational safety and health needs of the aging workforce. We have conducted a needs assessment that includes a literature review; data collection and analysis provided by the Department of Industrial Relations; and identification of stakeholders from around the country who are addressing this topic area. We are also conducting interviews with selected stakeholders, such as the California Alliance for Retried Americans (CARA); re-entry employment agencies; representatives of DLSE and Cal/OSHA; on employment-related rights of older workers and the responsibilities of their employers.

Following the needs assessment phrase, we will convene a working group to plan a round table discussion that brings together key stakeholders to discuss the issues and challenges identified. The round table discussion will be held on November 13, 2015 and will focus on promising strategies, best practices and potential interventions related to policy, regulation, enforcement and outreach and education. A summary report from the needs assessment and round table discussion will be prepared within two months following the round table.

Click here for a report related to the LOHP and CHSWC’s joint 2015 roundtable findings.