Expanding Research Partnerships Webinar Series, March 2021

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Presentation Date: March 10, 2021

Health and safety priorities and research needs for AFT members in a post-pandemic world
Amy Bahruth, MS – American Federation of Teachers (AFT)

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

The AFT represents 1.7 million members in over 3,000 local affiliates across the nation.  We represent members in five different divisions – teachers in pre-K through 12thgrade, paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel (those folks who clean, cook, drive, and care for special needs students), higher education faculty and staff, state, local and federal government employees and over 100,000 registered nurses and other healthcare professionals.  We are a very diverse union representing literally thousands of different job titles throughout these divisions. Yet, many of the same health and safety hazards are experienced across the entire span our broad membership. Amy will focus on some of the top health and safety priorities and discuss the need for research on these priorities in a post-pandemic world. The research is spotty on these key work-related exposures and their health impacts and the AFT believes the data are essential to improve working conditions across the spectrum.

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Occupational safety and health issues confronting warehouse and transportation workers in a post-pandemic world
Lamont Byrd, CIH, MS -- International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT)

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

Lamont will discuss the rapid deployment of wearable devices, cameras, and other technologies in the transportation and warehousing sectors to mitigate occupational safety and health hazards. These technologies are marketed as being the solutions to many hazards faced by workers, but workers have questions.

The Future of Worker Health in the Construction Sector
Chris Cain, CIH -- North America's Building Trades Union (NABTU)

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

Chris will talk about what she anticipates will be a stronger focus on worker occupational health hazards and controls after the pandemic. Additionally, as more US workers in the are employed in the gig economy, the lessons learned from the original gig economy, the construction industry, will be shared to reach hard to reach workers in new sectors.

Opportunities for Advancing Worker Health in the Healthcare Sector
Mark Catlin, BS – Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

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

Mark will discuss opportunities for major advances in occupational health by employers in a post-pandemic healthcare sector.  As a fast-growing sector of the U.S. economy, employing over 18 million workers, primarily women and persons of color, the healthcare sector must learn from its failures and innovations during this pandemic to better address existing and future workplace hazards.

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