GLRPPR Sector Resource: The Boston Safe Shops Model: An Integrated Approach to Community Environmental and Occupational Health
The Boston Safe Shops Model: An Integrated Approach to Community Environmental and Occupational Health
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Small, immigrant-owned businesses, such as auto repair shops and nail salons, often face barriers to environmental and occupational health compliance and may be a source of neighborhood pollution complaints. The Boston Public Health Commission established the Safe Shops Project to improve safety and environmental practices in such businesses using a community partnership model that incorporates enforcement inspection findings, worker training, technical assistance, and referral to health care and business resources. This integrated technical assistance approach has led to improved occupational health and environmental conditions, adoption of pollution prevention technologies, novel problem-solving, and dozens of health screenings and insurance referrals for workers and their neighbors.
American Journal of Public Health: April 2010, Vol. 100, No. S1, pp. S52-S55.
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