4400.0 Involving workers and communities in chemicals policy discussions & case studies

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 4:30 PM
This abstract describes a panel discussion. It is accompanied by four abstracts describing the individual presentations. Presenters will discuss the following: Reforming US Chemical Policies - The Importance of Implementation and Systems Thinking: This presentation will discuss barriers to TSCA implementation and challenges of a disjointed system of chemicals management. It will propose a comprehensive supply chain approach to chemicals policy. Connections Between TSCA and OSHA: This presentation will describe how outdated laws are contributing to increases in adverse health conditions and demonstrate how shop, floor, market state and national activities promote reform. TSCA Reform - Implications for the Workplace: This presentation makes the case that TSCA reform should consider workers a vulnerable population due to higher exposures than the general public. It will describe how to craft TSCA provisions for workplace chemicals which will protect workers directly while enhancing OSHA and MSHA rulemaking and enforcement. Enhancing EPA/OSHA Cooperation to Protect Workers: This Presentation will consider various proposals to enhance EPA's authority to establish workplace exposure limits while providing OSHA with the authority to enforce them.
Session Objectives: Explain the Importance of Implementation and Systems Thinking Demontrate Connections Between the Health of the Environment and the Health and Safety of Workers Describe How to Craft TSCA Provisions for Workplace Chemicals Which Will Protect Workers Directly While Enhancing OSHA and MSHA Rulemaking and Enforcement Discuss How EPA's Authority Over New and Existing Chemicals to Protect Workers While Expanding OSHA's Ahtuority to Enforce Workplace Protections Under TSCA
Celeste Monforton, DrPH, MPH

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Reforming US Chemicals Policies: The Importance of Implementation and Systems Thinking
Joel Tickner, ScD, Jessica Schifano, JD, MPH and Ken Geiser, PhD
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Safer Alternatives in the Workplace: Cleaning for Asthma-Safe Schools
Debbie Shrem, MPH, Justine Weinberg, MSEHS, CIH and Jennifer Flattery, MPH

See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.

Organized by: Occupational Health and Safety

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH) , Masters Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES)