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A week away: Remembering last year’s National Worker Safety and Health Conference

Can you believe the opening panel for the National Worker Safety and Health Conference is just one week away?! As we put the finishing touches on our workshops, panels, and other logistics, we thought we would remind you what a great time you had at last year’s conference. The rest of the blog post below was posted just after last year’s conference concluded. What are you most looking forward to this year?

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National Worker Safety and Health Conference was a huge success!

Well, that’s what we” d call a success. Last week, the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health hosted its second-annual National Worker Safety and Health Conference in Baltimore, Maryland- and it was a spectacular event.

Approximately 300 participants- coming from unions at the local, state and national levels, worker centers, advocacy groups, family support groups, COSH organizations, and the federal government- gathered at the Maritime Institute to share their experiences and work together to advance the rights and protections for workers across the country.  See some photos here. (Thanks to  Henry Plimack  for taking most of these excellent shots.)

The conference featured powerful speakers and presentations from  OSHA’s Jordan Barab, theNational Council of La Raza’s Clarissa Martinez de Castro,  CWA’s Larry Cohen, the  United Support and Memorial for Workplace Fatalities, and more! (Click the links for videos.)

National COSH also awarded a number of health and safety activists for their impressive work in advancing the rights of workers. (Read the press releases for the awardees, and watch video clips from the awards banquet:  Luzdary Giraldo,  Carmen Martino & New Labor,  Chloe Osmer,Tonya Ford, and the  USW’s Health, Safety and Environment Department.)  

The conference also included workshops on everything from “Basic Worker Health & Safety Rights Under OSHA,” to “Fighting Under-Reporting of Injuries and Illnesses,” to “Reaching ” Yet-to-Be-Reached” Workers” and “Young Worker Health and Safety,” to the Whistleblower Protection Campaign, to “Using Social Media to Promote Worker Health & Safety,” and much more!

Here’s some of the feedback we” ve gotten so far:

“Magnificent job! It was a highlight of the year! Once again I came away feeling hopeful and energized by the great work going on and the splendid diversity of the group.”


“I thought you packed a lot in with a good mix of topics, sessions, workshops as well as speakers … It was an honor and privilege to be part to the conference! Great job by all!”


“You should all be very proud of the conference. The energy and enthusiasm were great.”


Thank you to all of the attendants and everyone who made the conference such a success. An extra-big thank you to conference facilitators, who kept everyone engaged and motivated throughout the event. We look forward to the next conference!