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2011 National Conference Agenda and Speakers


2011 National COSH Health & Safety Conference Program

View the Awards Banquet Program (Friday evening, Oct. 28)

Workshops will be divided into several tracks including:

  • Education and Training Techniques for Worker Health and Safety: Effective participatory techniques, small group activity methods, Hazard Mapping, Training for Action
  • Introductory Level: Workers’ Rights Under OSHA and Safety and Health Programs
  • Advanced Legal Rights: OSHA Review Commission, Using the General Duty Clause, Workers Compensation, Third Party Lawsuits, Criminal Prosecution
  • Health and Safety Campaigns in the Workplace and Community
  • And a variety of other workshops including ergonomic hazards, health hazards in the building trades, green chemistry for worker safety and health, contract negotiations for safety and health, working with the media, and many others.


Breaking News: Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Jordan Barab is confirmed to speak at the conference.

Cecil Roberts, United Mine Workers President

Jordan Barab, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health and the second in command at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Rafael Moure-Eraso was nominated by President Barack Obama to the U.S. Chemical Safety Investigation Board in March 2010 and confirmed by the Senate in June 2010.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Moure-Eraso served as a Professor and Graduate Coordinator for the Department of Work Environment in the School of Health and Environment at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where he has been Chair of the department for the last five years. He has been a member of the faculty at the University of Massachusetts for twenty two years –12 as an Associate Professor (1988) and 10 as a full Professor since 2000. From 1993-2000, Dr. Moure-Eraso was a Visiting Lecturer in Occupational Health at the Harvard School of Public Health. In 1994-95, he held an Intergovernmental Personnel Assignment at the U.S. Department of Labor as a special senior advisor on the prevention of chemical exposures to the Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA). Prior to joining the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Dr. Moure-Eraso served for 15 years (1973-1988) as an Industrial Hygienist Engineer with the national offices of two international unions: the Oil Chemical and Atomic Workers (OCAW) and the United Automobile Workers (UAW).

His ten years as an Industrial Hygienist of the OCAW gave him substantial field experience in the Chemical and Petro-Chemical industry. Dr. Moure-Eraso has been a member of the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health for OSHA and a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). He also was a member of both the National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council and the Board of Scientific Counselors to the National Toxicological Program for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences at the National Institute of Health (NIEHS).

He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering (University of Pittsburgh ” 67, Bucknell University, ” 70) and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Environment Health (Industrial Hygiene) (University of Cincinnati ” 74, ” 82). He has been a Certified Industrial Hygienist for Comprehensive Practice (CIH)since 1985. Dr. Moure-Eraso is a senior member of AIChE, AIHA, ACGIH and APHA where he had held national leadership positions.

Joseph “Chip” Hughes has directed the NIEHS Worker Education and Training Program (WETP) since the late 1990s. During the 1970s Hughes was the Research Director for the Institute for Southern Studies, a fellow with the John Hay Whitney Foundation, and the Director of Education and Training for the Carolina Brown Lung Association.

Dr. Linda Rae Murray, M.D., PhD., is the current President of the American Public Health Association.Dr. Murray has spent her career serving the medically under served. She has worked in a variety of settings including practicing Occupational Medicine at a Workers Clinic in Canada, Residency Director for Occupational Medicine at Meharry Medical College, Bureau Chief for the Chicago Department of Health under Mayor Harold Washington. More recently Dr. Murray served as Medical Director of the federally funded health center, Winfield Moody, serving Cabrini Green Public Housing Project in Chicago.

Jim is currently the president of Safety Solutions a consulting firm that specializes in machinery and equipment risk assessment, accident investigation and regulatory compliance. Jim was previously the Assistant Director of the Health and Safety Department for the United Auto Workers Union. He has been active on a number of ANSI committees setting national machinery safety standards and health and safety management system requirements. Jim is a Certified Safety Professional and was selected at the Safety Professional of the Year for the state of Michigan in 1997.

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