National Worker Safety and Health Conference -- Recap and Next Steps
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In This Issue:

  • Recap of the 2013 National Worker Safety and Health Conference
  • IMPORTANT: Update about the conference flash drives
  • Photos and videos from the conference
  • What you had to say (conference feedback)
  • Keeping momentum going

The 2013 National Worker Safety and Health Conference was a huge success, thanks to you!

Happy New Year!Happy New Year, everyone! We hope you had a relaxing holiday season and are as geared up as we are for another great year of worker health and safety.

First off, thank you to all of you who helped make the 2013 National Worker Safety and Health Conference such a wonderful event! We had approximately 300 attendees, hailing from COSH groups, labor unions, worker centers, advocacy groups, and academic institutions.
National Worker Safety and Health ConferenceWe covered ground ranging from how to improve temporary workers’ health and safety to how best to support better labor conditions in Bangladesh. (We even raised $1,100 to donate to the efforts in Bangladesh!) We discussed state-based strategy approaches to implement safety reforms, and ideas to kick off the most powerful Workers’ Memorial Week of Action yet. And now we’re ready to go!
Here on the National COSH team, we have been busy compiling photos and videos from the conference, as well as culling feedback from attendees and facilitators. (Still have ideas to share? Email Peter Dooley. Have photos or videos? Send them to Dorry Samuels Levine.)
We are so excited to keep the momentum from the conference going and make some real headway in improving workers’ health and safety in the coming year. We look forward to working with you on these efforts. (Are you interested in joining work groups on specific topics discussed at the conference? Contact Jessica Martinez.)
Keep reading for our conference recap and next steps!

IMPORTANT: Flash Drives

We have had reports of participants receiving faulty thumb drives. If your thumb drive from the conference did not work, please email Jessica Martinez. We can get you the information you were supposed to receive.


See some of the photos below, or visit our conference album. See additional photos here. Thank you to Henry Plimack and Dorothy Wigmore for taking photos!
National Worker Safety and Health Conference - 2013

Keynote Speeches

Participants heard from Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA; Dr. John Howard, director of NIOSH; and Kalpona Akter, executive director of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity.

Videos from the Keynote Speeches


Panels discussed everything from Workers' Memorial Day activities to successful worker organizing, and national media coverage on worker safety issues to state-based policy approaches.

VIDEO: Media Panel

Watch Howard Berkes of NPR; Chris Hamby and Jim Morris of the Center for Public Integrity; and Tim Bell of the Chicago Workers Collaborative discuss reporting on the latest trends in worker safety and health. SEE IT HERE.


National COSH's 2013 Health and Safety AwardeesLearn about the winners of National COSH's 2013 Activist Awards. Read about the awardees and their work here. 
Watch video of their nomination and acceptance speeches below:


See even more photos here. Do you have photos to share? Email them to Dorry.



Here are some things participants had to say about the conference:
  • “Strong, substantive workshops with great diversity of subjects, presenters, and participants. The diversity provided a great chance to build networks beyond my usual scope of contacts.”
  • “Longer workshops provide good opportunities for group activities (in 4 out of the 4 workshops I attended)!”
  • “Very good that there were English, Spanish, and bilingual workshops.”
  • “[The conference] helped me understand that I am not alone in advocating for worker safety and health.”
  • “This is the best workshop I have ever attended in my life.”
  • “I can’t wait to try out some of this stuff!”


Are you fired up after the National Worker Safety and Health Conference and can't wait to stay involved? There are plenty of opportunities.
  • Join the Protecting Workers Alliance listserv to get updates and take action on the latest worker health and safety policy issues. Email Dorry to join the list.
  • Join a task force or working group on policy issues discussed at the conference (and more)! Contact Jessica to learn about the working groups and how to get involved. 
  • Plan an event, activity, or write a report for Workers' Memorial Week of Action. Get connected to a local Workers' Memorial Week planning committee or start one of your own. Join conference calls leading up to the week, where you can exchange ideas and gain support for your event/action. Email Peter for more information or for help.
  • Support National COSH Campaign efforts to collect workers stories and testimonies. This is an opportunity to connect real worker stories with policy efforts and use the power or narrative to advance social change. If you are connected directly with worker leaders and can support efforts to highlight local stories please email Dorry and let us know.
  • Find a COSH Group in your area or learn how to start one near you. Interested in starting a local COSH group? A COSH is an organization dedicated to advancing the rights of workers related to health and safety issues. COSH groups are typically non-profit organizations. New COSH activity might begin as a committee affiliated with an existing COSH or with the National COSH Network. Contact Peter to learn more.
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