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A pictograph and icon-driven training program has been specifically designed for educators who are responsible for teaching the developmentally disabled regarding the safe use of hazardous chemicals. In alignment with the Americans with Disabilities Act, it offers "reasonable accommodation" by those who educate and train this special population in schools within a vocational training center, sheltered workshop, or workers enclave. The purpose of the program is to promote worker understanding of safety issues involving the Occupational Safety and Health Administration "Right-to-Know" specifically for those individuals who have difficulty reading printed text. The presentation of the material includes specifics on understanding labeling systems, the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and other pertinent topics such as hazard detection, care of the victim of an exposure, and accident simulation drills. The training includes the use of computer software designed to promote understanding of the MSDS with the aid of picture icons. This PC software program is designed to supplement the MSDS with chemical identification, key label words, and picture icons with the following: National Fire Protection Association Code, fire extinguishing media, routes of entry, health hazard icons, personal protective equipment, pictographs, and target organ graphics. An assessment package is provided. (YLB)

Descriptors: Accessibility (for Disabled), Accident Prevention, Adult Literacy, Assistive Technology, Computer Assisted Instruction, Developmental Disabilities, Hazardous Materials, Illiteracy, Mental Retardation, Occupational Safety and Health, Pictorial Stimuli, Safety Education, Sheltered Workshops, Supported Employment, Visual Aids, Vocational Education, Work Environment

Autor: Sandoz, Jeff


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