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Preliminary Conference Agenda 2018


Leading the Fight for Safe and Healthy Workplaces!

The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health is a federation of local and statewide "COSH" groups - Committees/Coalitions on Occupational Safety and Health. COSH groups are private, non-profit coalitions of labor unions, worker centers, health and safety professionals, community-based organizations, and others interested in promoting and advocating for worker health and safety. COSH organizations around the U.S. are committed to promoting worker health and safety through training, organizing, and advocacy.

Our Conference Hashtag is #COSHCON18. Please use this for tweets and other social media post to share highlights from the conference!

DAY 1: Tuesday, December 4, 2018

8:00 am - 10:00 am             Conference Registration

9:00 am - 10:15 am             Conference Opening Session

Welcome and Overview of the Day and Conference

Interpretation Equipment Orientation/ Language Justice Issue

Speak Out!

10:15 am - 10:40 am          BREAK

10:40 am -12:30 pm           ISSUE SESSIONS

  • Health & Safety Protections for Temp and Gig Workers
  • Building Worker Power! Integrating OSH in Organizing Campaigns
  • Defending the Health and Safety Rights of Immigrant Workers
  • It’s Our Turn - Demanding Workplaces Free of Sexual Harassment and Violence
  • Impacts of Worker Health and Safety in a Climate Change World
  • Worker Fatality Prevention & Organizing
  • Engaging Young Workers in Health and Safety
  • Promotion and Defense of Worker Health & Safety Rights at Work - a Union View!
  • Opiates and Work Injury: Getting to the Root of the Problem
  • Integrating H & S with other social and economic movements impacting workers

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm             LUNCH

2:30 pm - 3:15 pm               EXPO - Poster and Vendor Exhibits and Demos

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm               REGIONAL MEETINGS

  • New England
  • New York State
  • New Jersey and Pennsylvania
  • Southern States
  • Midwest/Mountain States
  • California
  • Northwest States

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm               OSHA Labor Liaison meetings

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm               DINNER

7:45 pm - 9:45 pm               Social Hour/Cultural Events

Day 2 – Wednesday, December 5, 2018

8:00 am - 9:00 am               Conference Registration

8:30 am - 10:00 am             Welcome and Conference Overview

Panel: Cutting Edge Issues and Taking Action -  Highlighted Campaigns - Sexual Harassment Action Network, HEAT Campaign, Paint Stripper Chemical Hazard

10:00 am - 10:15 am          BREAK

10:15 am - 12:00 pm          WORKSHOP SESSION 1

  1. Spanish Track: Basic H&S Rights - Know Your H&S Rights to win Safer Workplaces.
  2. Using Popular Education to Build an Activist Movement for Workplace Health and Safety
  3. Worker Health & Safety and the Opioid Epidemic
  4. Workplace Sexual Violence Prevention
  5. Transforming Accident Investigation: From Blame to Learning
  6. Worker Legal Rights & Occupational Health – Remedies beyond Worker’s Comp
  7. Know Your Health and Safety Rights and Put them into Action at Your Workplace!
  8. Lessons from Workplace Fatalities
  9. Workers Compensation Panel

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm             LUNCH

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm               EXPO - Poster and Vendor Exhibits and Demos

3:00 pm- 4:45 pm                WORKSHOP SESSION 2 

  1. Organizing Session Part 1: Integrating Health and Safety into Organizing Campaigns
  2. Spanish Track: Identifying Workplace Dangers including Infectious Disease
  3. The OSHA Inspection Process, The Process Before the Complaint is Issued, Walk Around Rights
  4. Effective Health & Safety Committees
  5. Lessons Learned from Health and Safety Campaigns
  6. Five Ways to Effectively Use the Safety Representative Position to Advance Worker Power
  7. Supporting Workers During the Workers' Comp Process
  8. Climate Change and the Next Disaster Response - Lessons from Harvey, Irma, Maria
  9. Panel Session: Infectious Disease

7:00 pm - 9:30 pm               Dinner and Awards Banquet – Music!

Day 3 – Thursday, December 6

8:30 am - 8:45 am               Overview of the Day

8:45 am - 10:00 am             Media Panel

10:00 am - 10:15 am          BREAK

10:15 am - 11:30 am          WORKSHOP SESSION 3

  1. Organizing Track: 2 Lessons Learned from Health and Safety Campaigns
  2. Spanish Track: Controlling for Ergonomic Hazards
  3. Tools for Identifying Hazards in the Workplace
  4. Drug Testing and Workplace Safety
  5. Five Ways to Effectively Use the Safety Representative Position to Advance Worker Power
  6. Sexual Harassment Action Network -  Changing the culture to end gender harassment in the labor movement
  7. Tools to Track Workplace Injuries and Illnesses, Identify Hazards and Prevent Retaliation: OSHA and Beyond
  8. Looking for Trouble - The Elements of a Model Comprehensive Workplace Health and Safety Program
  9. Winning a Nontoxic Work Environment - Workplace Chemical Hazards

11:45 pm - 12:45 pm          LUNCH

1:15 pm - 2:45 pm               WORKSHOP SESSION 4  

  1. Supporting Workers During the Workers' Comp Process
  2. Spanish Track: Workplace Violence and Sexual Harassment
  3. Heat Stress in a Climate Changed World
  4. First aid for Health and Safety Representatives
  5. New Ways to Engage Workers and Union Representatives
  6. State-Based Initiatives for Health and Safety - Criminally Prosecute Egregious Labor Violations
  7. Legal Clinic - The Legal Process After the Citations Are Issued, Settlements
  8. Dealing with Workplace Stress and Trauma on the Job: Building Resilience - Lessons from Disasters
  9. Passing Public Policies - from stopping sexual harassment to protecting pregnant workers
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