Online Program

National COSH Movement for Worker Health & Safety Advancement

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Mary Vogel, BA Sociology/Social Work; Juris Doctorate, National Council for Occupational Safety & Health, Longmeadow, MA
Peter Dooley, MS, CIH, CSP, LaborSafe, Dexter, MI
This presentation will describe programs being carried out to advance worker health and safety in high risk populations around the country. The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) is the umbrella group for coordinating grassroots activism in a variety of community based groups that conduct a myriad of activities to advance workplace health and safety. These might include, but are not limited to education, media outreach, legislative and policy improvements, coalition-building and direct action to coordinate worker demands for safer conditions at work. This presentation will describe the activities of several of these groups that represent the current movement to mobilize workers and advocates for workplace health and safety improvements. A National COSH story-based web-site [Speakup4safety], which promotes local advocacy and action through the power of worker narrative, will be described as part of this presentation. 

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Occupational health and safety
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Discuss strategies that incorporate education, media outreach, legislative and policy improvements and direct action to empower vulnerable workers and worker advocates to mobilize around issues of workplace health and safety. DESCRIBE successful alliances with other worker advocate organizations that have effectively integrated worker health and safety with other worker issues.

Keyword(s): Occupational Health and Safety, Activism

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Executive Director of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, and have a 30+ year career dedicated to improving worker safety and health. I was Executive Director of The Construction Institute, a non-profit engaged in advocacy and training to improve working conditions in the Massachusetts construction trades. Previously, I headed the Asbestos Victims Special Fund Trust, was General Counsel to the Sheet Metal Occupational Health Institute, and a labor attorney.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.