Green Chemistry/Green Jobs


With the transition to a “green” economy, we have an unprecedented opportunity to infuse principles of worker safety into the standard of practice for newly emerging green jobs as well as into a green chemistry framework that minimizes environmental and human health impacts in the lifecycle of a chemical or product.

LOHP’s Green and Healthy Jobs report, supported by a special grant from The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR), envisions green jobs as jobs that have a positive impact on the environment and are economically sustainable but also protect worker and community health. The report compiles a list of occupational hazards in the green construction industry and presents a range of recommendations for making green construction safe.

LOHP has taught green chemistry and safe green construction courses for the Cypress Mandela Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program and the Bay Area Counties Roofing/Waterproofing Industry Apprenticeship Program.

The safe green construction course has been taught in both English and Spanish. LOHP, the UCLA Labor Occupational Safety and Health Program (UCLA-LOSH), and the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California (SBCTC) developed a series of case studies based on actual worker fatalities in the construction industry. These case studies explore the underlying causes of injuries in both traditional and green construction sectors.

LOHP developed and taught a Training-of-Trainers course on green economy and green jobs for members of the Just Transition Alliance.



Helen Chen