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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 this week!

DAY 1: Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Opening                       [Auditorium]

8:00am - 10:00am      Conference Registration will continue until 1 PM

Open Message Center for announcements on workshops,
meetings, meals, requests for help, etc.

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

Welcome and Overview of the Day and conference
Interpretation Equipment Orientation/ Language Justice Issue
Speak Out! Open mic

10:15am - 10:40am      BREAK

10:40am - 12:30 pm     Issue Sessions  

These sessions focus on current issues facing workers and the health, safety and environment movement and current organizing campaigns. The goal is to promote opportunities to collaborate locally and nationally on these efforts.

  • Health and Safety Protections for Temp and Gig Workers (Room A300)

  • Integrating OSH into Organizing Campaigns to Build Worker Power (Room A302)

  • Defending the Health and Safety Rights of Immigrant Workers (Room A303)

  • It’s Our Turn - Demanding Workplaces Free of Sexual Harassment and Violence (Classroom 2)- Alejandra Domenzain, LOHP; Marsha Love, UIC
  • Impacts of Worker Health and Safety in a Climate Change World (Room A304)

  • Worker Fatality Prevention and Organizing (Room A306)

  • Engaging Young Workers in Health and Safety (1.5 CE Credits) (Room A307)

  • Promotion and Defense of Worker Health & Safety Rights at Work - a Union View (1.5 CE Credits) (Room A111)

  • Opiates and Work Injury: Getting to the Root of the Problem (Classroom 3)

  • Integrating Health and Safety With Other Social and Economic Movements Impacting Workers (Room A113)

12:30pm - 2:30pm            LUNCH  

                                           KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Alejandra Valles, USWW

2:30pm - 3:15pm               EXPO I

3:00pm - 3:15pm               SELF CARE SESSION 1: Guided Relaxation (Room A304)

3:30pm - 4:30 pm Regional Meetings

1. New England States (Room A300)

2. New York State (Room A302)

3. New Jersey and Pennsylvania (Room A303)

4. Southern States (Room A304)

5. California State (Room A306)

6.Northwest States (Room A307)

7. Midwest/Mountain States (Room A111)

4:40  - 6:00                            OSHA Labor Liaison meetings (Room A300)
                                              OSHA Regions 1,2,3,4,5 and 6 are invited

5:00pm                                  COSH Fellows Networking Meeting (Room A111/113)

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm                DINNER

7:45pm - 9:45 pm                 Social Hour and Cultural Event  

Day 2 – Wednesday, December 5, 2018

7:00am-7:45am          SELF CARE SESSION 2: Gentle Yoga (Room 2 North Tower, 2nd floor, end of hall)

7:15am - 8:15am         Listening session on tree care/landscaping hazards, hosted by NIOSH NORA (Breakfast discussion in the rear of the dining hall)

8:00am-9:00am           Conference Registration

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

Panel: Cutting Edge Issues and Taking Action - Lessons from Workplace Fatalities [Auditorium]
Moderated by Jordan Barab, Confined Space Blog

Panelist include:

  • Veronica Lagunas, SEIU-USWW Promotora
  • Brian Wynne, Family Activist
  • Barry Rose, Workers United/SEIU; Board member, Chicago Workers Collaborative  

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

  1. Spanish Language Track: [Bilingual] Basic Health and Safety Rights - Knowing your H&S Rights to Win Safer Workplaces (1.75 CE Credits) (Room A111)
    Natalia Nicastro, PhilaPOSH; Héctor William Flores, UCLA Labor Occupational Safety and Health Program

  2. Using Popular Education to Build an Activist Movement for Workplace Health and Safety (Room A302)
    Nancy Lessin, United Steelworkers - Tony Mazzocchi Center; Ashlee Fitch & USWTMC trainers

  3. Worker Health and Safety and the Opioid Epidemic (1.75 CE Credits) (Classroom 3)
    Jodi Sugarman Brozan, MassCOSH; Jonathan Rosen, National Clearinghouse for Worker Safety & Health Training

  4. Workplace Sexual Violence Prevention (Room A303)
    Darryl Alexander, COSH Fellow; Jora Trang, Worksafe; Veronica Lagunas, USWW Promotora

  5. Transforming Accident Investigation: From Blame to Learning [Advanced] (1.75 CE Credits) (Room A300)
    Jim Howe, Safety Solutions and Bill Hoyle,  U.S. Chemical Safety Board, Retired

  6. Worker Legal Rights & Occupational Health – Remedies Beyond Worker’s Comp (Room A304)
    Scott Hall,  David Hoyle and Anne McGinness Kearse,  Motley Rice, LLC

  7. Know Your Health and Safety Rights and Put Them into Action at Your Workplace! (1.75 CE Credits) (Room A306)
    Alexis Grainger Clemmons, Juan Zuniga and Nick Young, USW Tony Mazzocchi Center

  8. Lessons from Workplace Fatalities (1.75 CE Credits) (Room A307)
    Steve Sallman, USW; Tom Duffy, USW Health, Safety & Environment; Rick Engler, Chemical Safety Board; Holly Shaw, USMWF/PhilaPOSH

  9. Health and Safety Campaign Panel - Linda Delp, moderator (Classroom 2)
    Poultry Workers Fight Back -

    Toxic Chemical Supplier Campaign -  Beth Kemler, Mind the Store
    Protecting Workers from Heat in a climate changed world - Shanna Devine, Public Citizen

    12:00 pm - 2:00 pm   
              LUNCH (Dining Hall)

    KEYNOTE SPEAKER:  Julia de la Cruz, Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW)  

    2:00pm - 2:45pm             Expo Exhibit and Posters Networking Session (Registration Area) Watch hands-on presentations, meet a famous photographer and take a spin on a wheel of fortune. Take a journey through the Expo area to learn, network and stamp your Passport to win prizes!

    2:30 pm - 2:45 pm           SELF CARE SESSION 3: Guided Meditation (Room A304)

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

  10. Organizing Track, Part 1. Integrating Health and Safety into Organizing Campaigns (Classroom 2)
    Casey Cabalqinto, SEIU Senior Researcher/ Airport Campaign; John Kang, Senior Researcher Property Service Division, SEIU; Chris Schwartz, Blue Pencil Strategies

  11. Spanish Language Track: Identifying Workplace Dangers Including Infectious Disease (Room A111)
    Alejandro Zuniga, Centro de Trabajadores Fe y Justicia; Luzdary Giraldo, NYCOSH

  12. Legal Clinic: The OSHA Inspection Process, The Process Before the Complaint is Issued, Walk Around Rights (1.75 CE Credits) (Room A302)
    Steve Sallman, USW; Garrett Brown, Maquiladora Health & Safety Support Network  

  13. Effective Health & Safety Committees (1.75 CE Credits) (Room A303)
    Nancy Lessin, United Steelworkers-Tony Mazzocchi Center; Tom Duffy, USW Health, Safety & Environment; Alexis Grainger Clemmons USW-Tony Mazzocchi Center

  14. Heat Stress in a Climate Changed World (1.75 CE Credits) (Room A304)
    Debra Coyle McFadden NJ Work Environment Council; Shanna Devine, Public Citizen; family members; Jeff Pinson, USW-Tony Mazzocchi Center

  15. Ten Ways to Effectively Use a Safety Representative Position to Advance Worker Power and Safety (1.75 CE Credits) (Room A300)
    Jim Howe, Safety Solutions and Bill Hoyle, Retired CSB investigator

  16. The State of the Bargain: Workers’ Compensation in 2018 (Room A306)
    Katelyn Parady, Justice at Work; Milagros Barreto, MassCOSH; Debbie Berkowitz, NELP

  17. Climate Change and the Next Disaster Response - Lessons from Harvey, Irma, Maria and the Next Disaster (1.75 CE Credits) (Room A307)
    Luis Vazquez, ICWUC

  18. Panel Session: - Preparing for Routine Infectious Disease Exposure and the Next Pandemic - Protecting Workers and their Communities (Classroom 3)
    Darryl Alexander, COSH Fellow; Patricia Strizak, MassCOSH; Diane Matthew Brown, Labor of Love Safety Training and Consulting

    5:00pm - 5:45pm         Earl Dotter - Gallery Tour (Meet at the registration desk)

    7:00pm - 9:30pm          Dinner and Awards Banquet – Music!!     (Dining Room) 
                                           Music by Jonathan and Annie Rosen with Luci Murphy & DJ Chespi

    Day 3 – Thursday, December 6, 2018

    7:00 am - 7:45 am        SELF CARE SESSION 4: Gentle Yoga (Room 2 North Tower, 2nd floor, end of hall)

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

    8:45 am - 10:00 am    Media Panel (Auditorium)
                                        Jim Morris, Center for Public Integrity 
                                        Fatima Hussein, Bloomberg BNA
                                       Julianna Reyes, Philadelphia Inquirer

    10:15am - 11:45am     WORKSHOP SESSION 3

  19. Organizing Track, Part 2: Building Worker Power Through Health and Safety Organizing (Classroom 2)
    Barry Rose, Workers United/SEIU and board member of the Chicago Workers Collaborative; Eric Frumin, Change to Win; Tolle Graham, MassCOSH (retired)

  20. Spanish Language Track: Chemical Hazards (Room A111)
    Luzdary Giraldo, NYCOSH; Jorge E Martinez Melo, Wind of the Spirit

  21. Tools for Identifying Hazards in the Workplace [Hazard Mapping, inspections etc] (Room A302)
    Steve Mooser, RWDSU; COSH Fellows

  22. First Aid for Health and Safety Representatives (Room A303)
    Eunice Salcedo, AFSCME

  23. Ten Ways to Effectively Use a Safety Representative Position to Advance Worker Power and Safety [Repeat] (1.5 CE Credits) (Room A300)
    Jim Howe, Safety Solutions and Bill Hoyle, U.S. Chemical Safety Board [Retired]

  24. Changing the Culture to End Gender Harassment in the Labor Movement (1.5 CE Credits) (Classroom 3)
    Kati Sipp, New Working Majority; KC Wagner, The Worker Institute at Cornell ILR; Ana Avendano, United Way Worldwide; Vicki L. O’Leary, Ironworkers International

  25. Tools to Track Workplace Injuries and Illnesses, Identify Hazards and Prevent Retaliation: OSHA and Beyond (1.5 CE Credits) (Room A306)
    Bill Kojola, AFL-CIO [Retired]; Rebecca Reindel, AFL-CIO

  26. Looking for Trouble - The Elements of a Model Comprehensive Workplace Health and Safety Program (1.5 CE Credits) (Room A307)
    Nancy Lessin, United Steelworkers - Tony Mazzocchi Center; Mike Wright, United Steelworkers Health, Safety and Environment Department

  27. Winning a Nontoxic Work Environment - Workplace Chemical Hazards (Room A304)
    Steve Schrag, SEIU; Franklin E Mirer, PhD, CIH, Retired - CUNY School of Public Health

    12:00 pm -1:00pm             LUNCH

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

  28. Spanish Language Track: Workplace Violence and Sexual Harassment Session (Room A111)
    Milagros Barreto, MassCOSH

  29. New Ways to Engage Workers and Union Representatives (Room A300)
    Jim Howe, Safety Solutions and Bill Hoyle, U.S. Chemical Safety Board, Retired

  30. State-Based Initiatives for Health and Safety - Criminal Prosecution for Egregious Labor Violations (Room A302)
    Nadia Marin-Molina, NYCOSH; Katie Tracy, Center for Progressive Reform; Jim Moran, Philaposh Ex Board

  31. Legal Clinic - The Legal Process After the Citations Are Issued,  Settlements (Room A303)
    Jim Frederick, USW

  32. Dealing with Workplace Stress and Trauma on the Job - Building Resilience - Lessons from Disasters (Room A304)
    Jonathan Rosen, National Clearinghouse for Worker Safety & Health Training; Arturo Archilla TMC-USW  

  33. Gender Policy in Action (1.5 CE Credits) (Room A306)
    Sarah Brafman, A Better Balance; Terri Gerstein, Harvard Labor and Work Life Program