Call for Papers: New Solutions: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy. Volume 22, Issue 3.
Special Issue - Worker Health and Safety Training

New Solutions seeks high quality manuscripts for a special issue dedicated to worker health and safety training and education. Manuscripts will be accepted until December 28, 2011. Accepted papers will be published November 2012. Authors should address the occupational/environmental health policy implications of their research. Submitted manuscripts should reflect the authors' most current work.

Potential topic areas of interest include:

  • Successful and innovative models of worker health and safety (H&S) training that help workers to play a meaningful role in setting health and safety policies and practices in the workplace. These should include discussions of barriers or obstacles encountered in the development and delivery of training, and also workers’ ability to apply in the workplace what they learned in the training.

  • Examples of worker empowerment as a result of the training, as well as evidence of how and why the goal of worker empowerment through training and education may be difficult to achieve.

  • Models of training to engage workers (including immigrant workers), community members, and environmentalists to build capacity for improved environmental public health (including the work environment).

  • Successes or difficulties with models where worker health and safety training and education is integrated with other important subjects in the curricula, such as labor, economic, or social policies.

  • Innovative training and education programs to prepare non-English speaking populations to respond to hazardous materials incidents and natural disasters in their communities and workplaces.

  • Discussions of the legal supports for H&S training – at the federal and state levels – particularly looking at how state and federal laws influence workplace policies and practices.

  • Innovative evaluation of H&S training and education, and how the evaluation can be used to shape occupational and environmental health policies. These would include discussions of successes in overcoming obstacles to evaluating H&S training programs.

  • The differences between worker training and worker education – and effective ways to integrate these efforts.

Manuscript submission guidelines

Each manuscript should:

  1. Comply with New Solution’s Manuscript Guidelines, available at either:
  2. Be submitted via the New Solutions web site at:
      1. Please complete the author profile information for each author
  3. Have a core manuscript (that is, excluding abstract, acknowledgments, reference list, tables, and figures) length of 10 to 20 pages. Please paginate your submission consecutively starting with the title page.

Questions may be directed to:
Deborah Weinstock, Guest Editor
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Craig Slatin, Editor
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