Online Program

A Collaborative Effort to Improve Occupational Health Surveillance and Outreach - Part 2

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Frances Schreiberg, JD, Kazan McClain Satterley & Greenwood, Oakland, CA
This presentation continues the discussion to explain how California came to pass the first law in the country requiring companies that manufacture or distribute toxic chemicals to provide the state public health agency, upon request, with information on where a specific chemicals is being shipped to California workplaces. SB 193, signed by Gov Brown in fall 2014, will enable HESIS - the Hazard Evaluation System and Information Service - to send timely warnings to those downstream users when HESIS learns of a serious new or previously unrecognized health hazard posed by a toxic chemical .

This presentation explains the role of occupational health worker, legal, and scientific advocates to gather the necessary evidence and support to ultimately succeed pass SB 193. It will describe the effort that continued with bills introduced over several legislative sessions and how the basic provisions of the bill changed over time. It will highlight the critical role of testimony by health professionals and affected workers, as well as developing a broad base of support. Finally, it will provide an analysis of the lessons learned through this lengthy endeavor and discuss how this law might be extended to other jurisdictions .

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Occupational health and safety
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Describe the purpose and basic requirements of the legislation passed in 2016 to improve timely dissemination of new scientific information on toxic chemicals. List some of the strategies used by advocates to overcome obstacles necessary to pass this legislation. Describe how state agencies and worker advocates each provided key elements of this successful legislative campaign.

Keyword(s): Occupational Health and Safety, Public Policy

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Organization/institution whose products or services will be discussed: None

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I drafted the law that is the subject of this presentation and worked with Dr. Julia Quint to support State Senator William Monning who carried the bill.
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.