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2009 National COSH Conference and H&S Summit

The 2009 National COSH conference will be held in Philadelphia, PA from Wednesday November 4 through Saturday November 7. The conference is scheduled to tie-in with the American Public Health Association annual meeting, which begins on Nov. 8. This year’s conference will have three distinct elements:

Wed. Nov. 4, 1:00pm through Thurs. Nov 5, 5:00 pm: COSH Conference and Annual Business Meeting (open only to COSH staff and Board members)
Fri Nov 6, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm: Construction Safety and Health Conference (open to the public)
Sat. Nov. 7, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm: National Worker Health and Safety Summit (open to the public)

To download fliers for the Friday Construction S&H program or for the Saturday Summit, click on the file links at the bottom of this page.
The detailed agenda for the full program follows below.

Agenda for National COSH Conference, November 4-7, 2009
Holiday Inn Historic District 400 Arch St. Philadelphia

Wednesday Nov. 4

(Lunch on your own)

1:00—1:30 Introductions. Introduce Roundtables.

1:30—2:15 Roundtable discussions I: information and strategy sharing among COSHes.

2:20—3:15 Roundtables II

3:15-3:30 Break

3:30—5:00 Business Meeting Part 1:
Treasurer’s Report
Report from the President
Introductions of current Board members. Share information on terms—whose terms expire and who is eligible for re-election.
Open the floor to nominations of new Board members.
Report from Marilyn on the national OSHA grant.

5:00 Adjourn

Dinner together outside hotel, location TBA.

Thursday Nov. 5

9:00-10:30 Plenary Session: Green Jobs, Health and Safety, and Coalition-Building. The role of COSHes in Green Jobs issues, including how we work to build bridges between labor unions and community-based organizations, which don’t always have the same agendas. Brief presentations followed by open discussion. Presenters: Dave Newman, NYCOSH; Tolle Graham, Masscosh; Rick Engler, NJWEC; and Jim Celenza, RICOSH.

10:30–10:45 Break

10:45—12:00 Workshops: (View all workshop descriptions here.)

1)Protecting Workers from H1N1 Pandemic Flu : Sharon Simon
2)Recordkeeping and the new OSHA Enforcement Initiative: Tom O’Connor
3)Chemical Exposure/Inherently Safer Technology: Rick Engler

12:00–1:30 Lunch: Committees meet over lunch—Blue-Green, Immigrants, Policy

1:30—3:00 Workshops: (View all workshop descriptions here.)

1)Effective Joint Health & Safety Committees: Sharon Simon
2)Aggressive H&S tactics including challenging programs that discourage injury reporting: Peter Dooley and others
3)H&S issues for Healthcare workers: Cecilia Leto and Roger Cook

3:00—3:45 Update and discussion of future of National COSH.

3:45—5:15 Business meeting Part 2: Board elections, decisions on dues, discussion of next year’s annual meeting, other business.


Evening: Dinner on your own. Social gathering afterwards at hotel.

Friday Nov. 6

National COSH Program on
Current Construction Safety and Health Issues

8:30-9:15 Welcome and Overview of Safety and Health Hazards in Construction

9:15-10:45 Panel on: Current Initiatives on Construction Issues
Tower Cranes:
Tony Lusi, OE 542
Bridge Work:
Marty McNulty, DC 21 IUPAT
Solar Panel Installation:
Jim Dollard, IBEW 98
Mast Scaffolding:
Pam Susi, CPWR
Roadway Safety Plus
Walter Jones, Laborers H&S Fund

11:00-12:00 Breakout groups (4) on issues discussed above and how National COSH groups can work more in partnership with the Trades

12:00-1:15 Lunch Program :
Scott Schneider, Dir., OSH., Laborers H&S Fund of North America
Deborah Koehler-Fergen, USMWF, mother of worker killed in Las Vegas casino construction accident

1:30-2:45 Workshops:
Teaching OSHA 10 and 30 hour classes and outreach to Community: What are our long term goals: (NYCOSH, PhilaPOSH, WesternMassCOSH)
Health Hazards in Construction: An Opportunity for COSH involvement with the construction trades (Jerry Roseman and Pam Susi)

3:00-4:15 Panel: Construction and Day Laborers: Overcoming Challenges in Improving Workers’ Safety and Health
Carmen Martino, Rutgers University
Valeska Garay, Director, JUNTOS
James Touey, Labor Liaison, OSHA Region III
Linda Delp, UCLA LOSH

4:15-4:45 Wrap Up
Overview of Summit and APHA programs
Written Evaluations

Awards Banquet (at the hotel)
6:30-7:30 Social Hour
7:30 Dinner
8:30 Awards Presentation
Music and Dancing

Saturday Nov. 7
2009 Worker Safety and Health Summit
A New Era for Safety and Health Activism

8:30- 9:00 – Registration

9-10 – Meet and Greet – COSH groups will have materials available on tables as well as latest PAWA materials while folks walk around and mingle. At 9:30 we would have folks sit at a table and then each table would flip chart who is at the table, affiliation.

10- 11:00- Opening Plenary- Brief outline on some issues that face us- Marcy Gelb Goldstein/Isabel Lopez- Masscosh; Richard Miller, House Cmte on Education and Labor; Peg Seminario- AFL-CIO; Eric Frumin CTW; Tammy Miser- USMWF; Celeste Monforton- Moderator

11:00– 11:15- Explanation of proposed workgroups: Ergonomics, Immigrant Workers H&S, Farworkers, Hazardous Chemical Policy, Family and Victims Rights, Worker Education and Training Programs, Green Jobs H&S, and OSHA Reform Legislation/Protecting Americas Workers Act. The group will be invited to create additional workgroups if there is interest in doing so.

11:15- 12:15- Workgroup Session 1– Will divide up into groups by specific issue areas with the task of developing a national work plan to move an agenda forward in each area. People choose workgroup they are most interested in.

Two facilitators will lead the discussion for each workgroup. We will work to identify strategies to promote our agenda in each of these areas and identify ways we can build the H&S activist movement and worker rights movement as we work on legislative/regulatory campaigns.

12:15- 1:15- Lunch and Speaker- Jordan Barab- Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor

1:15- 2:15- Workgroups 2– Workgroup discussions will continue.

2:15- 3:15- Report back from working groups on strategies to work on these issues and plans for continuing the work on these issues as well as keeping connected on the broader national campaign on PAWA.

3:15- 3:30- Break

3:30- 4:00- Specialty Topics-
Work Organization- Charley Richardson
International H&S Activism and Networking- Garrett Brown
Greeting to special guests- Eduardo

4:00- 5:00- Panel discussion- Plans for follow-up on legislative initiatives and networking activism reported by the workgroups.

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