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Community-Based Safety Training for the New England Fishing Industry

Investigators
Bartlett, John
Institutions
Fishing Partnership Health Plan
Start date
2019
End date
2021
Objective
Fishing Partnership Support Services ? Safety Training in New England ? Project Abstract Fishing Partnership Support Services (FPSS) will use a community-based model to implement safetytraining programs that are practical; meet multiple health and safety needs; and reduce the risk of injuries andfatalities within the commercial fishing industry. From 2005-2014, the three most dangerous fisheries in theU.S. were on the East Coast. Despite the dangers of their profession, most fishermen on the East Coast havenot received the safety training needed to reduce their risk of injury, illness, and death due to lack of trainingopportunities; lack of access for isolated fishing communities; lack of safety training instructors; financialconstraints; lack of awareness of danger; and cultural reluctance to change. FPSS?s program will exert asustained, powerful influence on the field of occupational safety training by increasing both the supply anddemand for safety training in New England; increasing capacity to deliver training throughout the commercialfishing industry; and bringing innovation and evaluation to every level of the training. FPSS will utilize NIOSH grant funds to fulfill the following objectives: Objective #1: Enhance the qualityand availability of safety training that addresses the needs of fishermen, by offering significantly more trainingsessions than in previous years. Safety training courses will include Safety and Survival Training, DrillConductor Training, CPR/First Aid Training, and Vessel Stability Training. Newly developed trainingcomponents will include Opioid Use Disorder Awareness, Naloxone and Ergonomics. FPSS will offer 86training sessions over two years, enrolling 1,280 trainees from all five New England states. Objective #2:Create a demand for training from within the community by promoting a culture of safety. This will result inmore fishing communities recognizing safety as a top priority. FPSS will partner with apprentice programs toprovide safety training to young fishermen. Objective #3: Increase training capacity by offering AMSEA?sMarine Safety Instructor Training (MSIT) locally and certifying up to 18 new safety training instructors. To evaluate the quality, effectiveness, and impact of the proposed safety training, FPSS will engageinternal and external evaluators in a multi-method approach that includes quantitative and qualitative datacollection, and the use of secondary data sources. Outcomes include: 1: Participants engage in saferbehaviors/practices in their work; 2. Participants maintain a positive attitude toward safety; 3. A culture ofhealth and safety is created; 4. The numbers of accidents, injuries and fatalities are reduced; and 5. USCG?ssearch and rescues costs decline. For Research to Practice (r2p), FPSS? evaluation team will engage multiplestakeholders to identify research needs and questions; design evaluation tools and conduct studies; andtranslate and share knowledge, interventions, and evaluation learnings with five key audiences: fishing leaders;other safety training programs, including NIOSH funded programs; law enforcement, including the U.S. CoastGuard; state and federal policy makers; and fishing safety researchers.
Funding Source
Nat'l. Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health
Project source
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Project number
1T03OH011923-01
Categories
Education and Training
Risk Assessment, Management, and Communication