Federal Agency Town Meeting to Set Ten-Year Worker Safety Research Agenda

03/16/2006


Other Contacts:
Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, marcy.gelb@masscosh.org, MassCOSH, cell: 617-642-1878
Christina Roache, croache@hsph.harvard.edu, Harvard School of Public Health, 617-432-6052

LOWELL -- On Monday, March 20, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) will hold a “town meeting” in Lowell seeking public input about research needed to prevent work-related injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. The results of this hearing, and others around the country, will help set the agency’s national occupational safety and health research agenda for the next decade.

Immigrant leaders, youth, labor, and health and safety advocates will testify at the hearing, sharing their job safety experiences and putting forward recommendations to stem the escalating rate of injuries and fatalities among immigrant and low wage workers, and teen workers.

More than fifty people from New England, New York, Illinois, and Washington, D.C. have registered to testify at this forum.  Speakers will include workers, employers, health and safety researchers, organized labor representatives, and health professionals. Testimonies will address conditions in various industries and sectors, including: healthcare, airline, fishing, education, utilities, chemical, electronics.  Issues to be discussed will include the needs of immigrant workers, teen workers, and health and safety programs and initiatives.

When:  Monday, March 20:

3:30 ߝ 4:30 p.m.ߝ Hearing Testimonials and Comments for Press: 
Fausto da Rocha, Director, the Brazilian Immigrant Center
Isabel Lopez, Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety Health Boston area teens

They will be available to answer questions, as will Max Lum, NIOSH Associate Director for Health Communications.

9 a.m. ߝ 12 noon and 1 p.m. ߝ 5 p.m., Town Hall Meeting:
          Approximately 50 speakers.

Where: 2nd Floor Conference Room, Wannalancit Building, UML East, 600 Suffolk St., Lowell

What: Advocates for immigrant and teen workers will be speaking about job safety experiences at a day-long town meeting sponsored by the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).  NIOSH is the federal agency responsible for conducting worker health and safety research.  UMass Lowell and the Harvard School of Public Health are jointly hosting one of thirteen forums that NIOSH has been holding nationwide.  These public meetings are being held to gain stakeholder input for NIOSH’s national research agenda for the next decade.

        Anyone may register for the meeting online at (www.cdc.gov/niosh/nora/townhall/default.html) or at the hearing on Monday.

For more information, contact media@uml.edu or 978-934-3224