Month: October 2013

Ohio’s New Health Science Career Field Content Standards

Linda O’Connor, Assistant Director, Career Technical Education at the Ohio Department of Education and NCHSE Board member invites you to take a look at the new health science career field content standards. Ohio looks forward to researching and reviewing more opportunities for middle school career-tech programs that introduce students to health professions at an earlier age.

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Health Science Program of Study Implementation in Rural Alaska

Rural high schools in Alaska are implementing Health Science Programs of Study with the assistance of regional Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) and State of Alaska, Department of Labor & Workforce Development (DOL/WD) grant funding. Two years of successful outreach and facilitation in small rural communities in the Interior of Alaska has resulted in five high schools implementing a Health Science Program of Study and a planned expansion of the AHEC program to the Southeast Region.

Alaska Program of Study

National Healthcare Foundation Standard 7 Change

To remain consistent with current language from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), the National Consortium for Health Science Education (NCHSE) has the updated accountability criteria for:   Foundation Standard 7 Safety Practices  7.4 Common Safety Hazards  7.41 Recognize Materials Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).

Changed to:  7.41 Recognize Safety Data Sheets (SDSs)   Source:  OSHA revised its Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to align with the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) and published it in the Federal Register in March 2012 (77 FR 17574).

Two significant changes contained in the revised standard require the use of new labeling elements and a standardized format for Safety Data Sheets (SDSs), formerly known as, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs). The new label elements and SDS requirements will improve worker understanding of the hazards associated with the chemicals in their workplace.

To help companies comply with the revised standard, OSHA is phasing in the specific requirements over several years. (December 1, 2013 to June 1, 2016).

Foundation Standards October, 2013