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Culturally Mindful Teaching for the COVID-19 Workplace

In the best of times, keeping your frontline workers safe and healthy can be a challenge. But what about in a year upended by COVID-19? How quickly did traditional workplaces that fought to stay open have to adapt their environments and behaviors to CDC guidelines? How much did having a non-English speaking workforce complicate strategy? No stranger to the challenges of communicating safety, Dan Ramir, CHST, shared the methods developed by the Latino Worker Safety Center (LWSC) to communicate workplace health and safety across cultural barriers. Mobilizing both adult learning theory and cultural relativism, the LWSC has created free, virtual, live workplace COVID-19 health courses designed to reach workers of Latino, Arabic, Chinese, and Polish heritage.

Did you miss the Chapter January webinar and want to learn more? You can contact Mr. Ramir at directly for information or how to sign up your workers. For additional resources on COVID-19 training, you can visit our Chapter Technical Meetings pages for a publicly available COVID-19 Worker Training Program. We will be updating with the LWSC presentation when it becomes available. Stay tuned!

This presentation has been brought to you by Hygieneering, Inc. a leading safety, industrial hygiene and environmental services provider based in Willowbrook, IL.

Holidays, Traditions and COVID-19

We have learned to rethink our approach to everyday activities, but with the holidays around the corner modifying traditions can be hard to do. The CDC provides detailed guidelines for safe holiday party planning during COVID including a list of risk factors to consider beforehand:

  • Location and duration of the gathering
  • Number and crowding of people
  • Behaviors of people
  • Traveling to see family

For many of us who have families overseas or across the country, the last risk factor of traveling to spend the holidays with your family can be an overwhelming decision these days. Holiday traditions are certainly difficult to manage during COVID times, but for now, a Zoom holiday party will be the safest choice. 

Let’s be grateful for what we have this year, cheers to 2020, and “Salud” for a safer and better 2021!

President’s Message – November 2020

November 6, 2020

Hello Safety Pros,

The winds of autumn are being felt throughout much of the country. A reminder to prepare for winter, natural disasters and the impact of COVID-19 during this season as recommended by the CDC (

The change of seasons feels predictable and at the same time unprecedented. COVID-19 continues to impact our family, friends, workforce and the world. National and global unrest are intertwined with the pandemic, which brings additional uncertainty.

Please know that I, among others, understand your concerns and emphasize with you during this very difficult time. We keep hearing that “we’re in this together,” and indeed, we are. How we respond to the situation is very much within our control.

One of the keynote speakers at a recent ASSP leadership conference had a quote we can put into practice: “You cannot change the circumstance, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself that is something you have charge of.” –  Jim Rohn

Stay positive, stay safe, stay warm – my thoughts are with you this fall.

Stay safe,

Carmen Julia Castellon, ASP
President, Greater Chicago Chapter
American Society of Safety Professionals