Expanding Research Partnerships Webinar Series

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This webinar series has been designed to promote the work of innovative and impactful research and expand intramural and extramural partnerships in occupational safety and health (OSH). Researchers, practitioners, and OSH stakeholders engage in discussion of pressing issues and opportunities for collaboration.

Upcoming Webinars

The 2021 Expanding Research Partnerships (ERP) series will explore the future of OSH in a post-pandemic world. Webinars in March, June, and September will present perspectives from labor organizations, employer groups, and OSH professional associations on challenges and opportunities for the future of worker safety, health, and well-being.

March 10, 2021


Please join us on Wednesday, March 10, 2021, for the first installment of the 2021 Expanding Research Partnerships Webinar Series: Exploring the future of worker health and safety in the post-pandemic world.

This webinar will explore perspectives on worker health and safety of labor associations of major industry sectors in the U.S. See the list of featured speakers below for the exciting line up of presenters.

NOTE: You must register to attend this webinar by clicking on the registration link below. You will receive a confirmation e-mail and link to the Zoom webinar.

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Featured Speakers

Presentation Date: March 10, 2021


Amy Bahruth, MS – American Federation of Teachers (AFT)

Amy Bahruth, MS – American Federation of Teachers (AFT)

Amy Bahruth has been a safety and health specialist and educator for over 30 years. She is an associate director in the Health Issues Division at the American Federation of Teachers in Washington, DC, which represents over 1.7 million members across five divisions – K-12 teachers and paraprofessional staff, higher education faculty and staff, public employees and healthcare workers.  She has trained hundreds of members and developed curricula on bullying, workplace violence, emergency preparedness, and indoor environmental quality. Additionally, Amy is a part-time lecturer at the Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations; she has taught OSHA, Introduction of Labor Studies and Employment Relations, Development of the Labor Movement II, and Internships in Labor Education and has been teaching in the labor studies program since 1997. Ms. Bahruth holds a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers in labor studies and a master’s degree from Hunter College, City University of New York in environmental and occupational health science.

Lamont Byrd, CIH, MS -- International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT)

Lamont Byrd, CIH, MS — International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT)

Lamont Byrd, Director of the Teamsters Safety and Health Department is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) in comprehensive practice, with a master’s degree in industrial hygiene from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental health from East Carolina University. He has 30 years of experience working for the Teamsters Union. Under his leadership, the Safety and Health Department has grown to include a diverse staff of industrial hygienists, safety professionals, administrative specialists, grant managers, communications liaisons, and administrative support staff. He was instrumental in establishing 12 Teamsters Safety and Health Training Centers nationwide that employ 50 union rank-and file safety and health instructors. During the past 10 years, over 60,000 Teamsters workers, in addition to other workers and community partners, have benefited from the safety and health training offered by the Teamsters. Mr. Byrd is actively involved in developing occupational safety and health and transportation safety policy and providing technical and regulatory support to rank-and-file Teamsters members, IBT Trade Divisions & Conferences, and Local Union Affiliates. He is a member of the NIOSH NORA Committee on Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities, and has served on  the OSHA National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health; NIOSH Board of Scientific Counselors; Transportation Research Board – Safety Synthesis Committee; and the Transportation Research Board – Motor Carrier Safety Research Analysis Committee.

Chris Cain, CIH -- North America's Building Trades Union (NABTU)


Chris Cain, CIH — North America’s Building Trades Union (NABTU)

Chris Cain is CPWR’s (The Center for Construction Research and Training) Executive Director and leads its construction research, training, and service programs funded by federal agreements, grants, and contracts. She works with CPWR’s partners in the government, unions, and the larger construction safety and health community. She also serves as the director of safety and health for North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU), the umbrella organization also known as the Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO. NABTU is comprised of 14 national and international unions collectively representing over three million workers. She has been working in construction safety and health for 24 years.



Mark Catlin, BS – Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

Mark Catlin, BS – Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

Mark Catlin has worked as an industrial hygienist for 40 years, including much experience in the healthcare sector.  His work in healthcare began in 1991 when he was the industrial hygienist at the Harborview Occupational Medicine Clinic at the University of Washington School of Medicine, in Seattle, as OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standard became effective and during the beginning of efforts to protect healthcare workers from Tuberculosis, back and other ergonomic injuries and workplace violence.  Mr. Catlin retired in 2018 as Occupational Health and Safety Director for the 2-million member Service Employees International Union (SEIU) representing healthcare, public sector and property services work, including on emergency preparedness and response and during the H1N1 pandemic and the Ebola outbreaks in the United States.  During his fifteen years with SEIU, he helped win groundbreaking OSHA protections in California – the Aerosol Transmittable Disease (ATD) Standard in 2009 and the Workplace Violence Prevention in Healthcare Standard in 2016.  Prior to joining SEIU in 2003, Mr. Catlin worked with labor unions and employers in construction, manufacturing, and environmental industries.  Over his career in occupational health and safety, he has contributed to the integration of worker health and safety protections and the development, delivery, and evaluation of effective training for workers employed in this emerging work.  During this pandemic, Mr. Catlin is consulting for labor unions, government agencies, and others.

Past Webinars

2020 Expanding Research Partnerships Webinar Series

The 2020 Expanding Research Partnerships Webinar Series featured engaging topics on the future of work for OSH and aging workers and developing partnerships during a pandemic  Three webinars were held on March 11, June 10, and September 2.

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2019 Expanding Research Partnership Webinar Series

The 2019 Expanding Research Partnerships Webinar Series featured exciting topics on an expanded focus for occupational safety and health. Three webinars were held on April 10, June 12 and September 18.

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2018 Expanding Research Partnership Webinar Series

The 2018 Expanding Research Partnerships Webinar Series featured exciting topics on work and health-related factors associated with injury and illness outcomes, new technologies to reduce exposure to health and safety hazards, and health and safety in Construction. Three webinars were held on February 14, May 16 and November 14.

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