Technical Education Curricula for Health and Safety (TECHS) is an educational intervention conducted by researchers from HealthPartners Institute in partnership with three vocational colleges in Minnesota: Hennepin Technical College, St. Cloud Technical & Community College, and Ridgewater College. TECHS is funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
The goal of the study is to evaluate the impact of a comprehensive safety and health curriculum delivered systematically throughout a 2-year program, on students’ health and safety knowledge, skills, and work practices at graduation and one year afterwards. Study activities were designed specifically for: instructors (training, consultation and feed-back), students (pre- and post- testing), and graduates (1-year post graduation surveys). The curricula was implemented during three academic years: 2015-2016, 2016-2017, and 2017-2018. Follow-up activities with program graduates were conducted in June 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.
We anticipate attending and presenting about the TECHS study at the following events:
- 2019 MTTIA conference - Brainerd, MN
- 2019 National Skills USA - Louisville, KY
- 2019 AIHce- Minneapolis, MN
Contact us if you would like to arrange a presentation at your school or event.
Spotlight on safety: FREE educational materials for vocational instructors
Bejan, A. 2019. Center News. MN State Transportation Center of Excellence
Outcomes of a Safety and Health Educational Intervention in Auto Body and Machine Tool Technologies Vocational College Programs: the Technical Education Curricula for Health and Safety (TECHS) Study
Bejan A, Xi M, Parker DL. 2019. Ann Work Expo Health (e-published ahead of print)
Spotlight on Safety: www.votechsafety.net
Bejan A. 2019. AASP-MN News. October issue
Career Readiness: Finding a Place for Health and Safety Education
Parker DL and DeRung D. 2019. Am J Ind Med. doi: 10.1002/ajim.23000.
Health and Safety Education in Auto Body Collision and Machine Tool Technology Programs in Vocational Colleges: Challenges and Opportunities
Bejan A, Parker DL, Skan M, Xi M. 2018. doi: 10.1093/annweh/wxy034.
OSHA Inspections: a Primer for College Instructors
Bejan A. and Skan M. 2018. The TECHS Newsletter. January issue
Presentations and Posters
Bejan A, Parker DL, Skan M, Xi M. 2019. AIHce - Minneapolis, MN
Health and safety knowledge, skills and work practices of vocational college graduates of collision repair and machine tool technologies programs at one year post-graduation. Findings from the TECHS study 2016-2017.
Bejan A, Parker DL, Skan M, Xi M. 2018. AIHce - Philadelphia, PA
Bejan A, Parker DL, Skan M, Xi M. 2017. AIHce - Seattle, WA