First “Always & 4ever CHAMPION” Award to NIOSH Director John Howard

Occupational Health Leaders Present OHA Week’s Highest Honor

– First “Always & 4ever CHAMPION” Award to NIOSH Director John Howard

WHAT: Presentation of the first “Always & 4ever CHAMPION” Award, the highest honor awarded by the nation’s Occupational Health Awareness Week (OHA) founders

WHO: John Howard, MD, Director of the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH) is the award recipient. The award will be presented by The NYS Network of Occupational Health Clinics together with the NYS AFL-CIO, NY’s COSH Organizations, Health & Safety, Legislative, Labor, Government & Community Leaders

WHEN: MONDAY MAY 2, 2011, 4:30 PM

WHERE: NYS AFL-CIO HQ, 100 South Swan Street, Albany, NY 12210

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2011 4ever CHAMPIONs Awards

Occupational Health Leaders present

2011 “4ever CHAMPION” Awards

Commemorating nation’s 2nd Occupational Health Awareness Week,

NYS Network of Occupational Health Clinics, Legislators, Labor & Community Leaders honor Workplace Health & Safety Champs

WHAT: 4ever CHAMPIONs in the field of Occupational Health & Safety are honored at the nation’s 2nd Annual Occupational Health Awareness (OHA) Week ceremony.

WHEN:     TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2011, 10:30 am inAlbany’s Legislative Office Building/LOB, Press Room (LCA) 130

WHO:        Honorees and attendees from local to federal government, legislative, labor, business and community leaders:


  • Charles E. Fitz-Gerald, former NYS Automobile Dealers Assoc. Insurance Director;  (Albany) Occupational & Environmental Health Center Advisory Board member
  • Rebecca Fuentes, Workers’Center of CentralNew York Coordinator
  • David Kotelchuck, PhD, MPH, CIH, Hunter College Professor Emeritus; Network founder; Mount Sinai and Bellevue occupational health centers Advisory Boards member
  • The Hon. Rory Lancman, Chairman of the NYS Assembly Subcommittee on Workplace Safety; a co-founder of OHA Week
  • Ruth Sergel, a founder of the Remember The Triangle Fire Coalition and CHALK
  • Art Wilcox, former Public Employee Division Director of the NYS AFL-CIO; a Network founder; Mount Sinai Occupational & Environmental Medicine Center Advisory Board member


  • The Hon. Richard Gottfried (NYS Assembly)
  • The Hon. Joseph Robach (NYS Senate)
  • The Hon. Keith Wright (NYS Assembly)

OHA Week founders and supporters from health and science, labor, community:

  • The NYS Network of Occupational Health Clinics
  • New York COSH organizations: NYCOSH, CNYCOSH, WNYCOSH….

WHY:  OHA Week was conceived by members of the NYS Network of Occupational Health Clinics to underscore the fact that occupational health and safety are critically important and that workplace-related illness and injury are preventable. Each year, millions of U.S.workers are disabled and thousands more die as a result of job-related injuries and illnesses. In NYS alone, nearly 280,000 workers are annually reported as ill or injured as a result of their work, with an additional 220 fatalities, each year.       For more information about OHA week, visit:

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WDI’s Unseenamerica NYS: Pictures of Working Life Taken by Working Hands

Occupational Health Awareness Week features

WDI’s Unseenamerica NYS: Pictures of Working Life Taken by Working Hands
New York State Legislative Office Building
Empire State Plaza, Albany,NY
Photos will be on display from April 27 to May 4 during Occupational Health Awareness Week

“Unseenamerica NYS: Pictures of Working Life Taken by Working Hands,” a project of the Workforce Development Institute (WDI), is the name of a photo exhibit to be highlighted in the New York State Capitol during the nation’s 2nd Occupational Health Awareness (OHA) Week, April 27 and to May 4, 2011. The goal of the week, created by the New York State Occupational Health Clinic Network with the support of the New York State AFL-CIO, state Committees for Occupational Safety and Health and others, is to increase awareness of the need for healthy workplaces and a reduction in work-related death and disability.

The exhibit, thanks to the generosity of the WDI’s Art of Labor Program and on display thanks to Assemblyman Keith Wright and Assemblyman Rory Lancman, is one of the products of an innovative labor and arts project – one that gives workers, immigrants and refugees the tools to document their own experience and describe their worlds with the assistance of professional photographers. The initiative helps bring workers’ stories to public spaces and attention, and integrates the unheard voices ofNew York’s working people into the larger social and cultural fabric of our state. Embodied in each piece on display is a transformative perspective which allows looking, for a moment, through another’s eyes.

The show features photographs of and stories by healthcare workers, tractor-trailer drivers, janitors, security guards, teachers, immigrants fromIndiaandPeru, refugees fromBurma,Bosnia,Darfur,Somaliaand scores of others.

Unseenamerica NYS is a collaboration of the WDI, NYS AFL-CIO and Bread and Roses Cultural Project of 1199SEIU. For more information about the show itself, contact Ed Murphy: 518-463-2141 or

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APRIL 27th 2011
MAY 4th 2011

Join us in supporting Health and Safety rights, education and protections for workers nationwide by making plans to highlight health & safety concerns and activities at your workplaces and those statewide.

Additionally, any aid in helping us distribute the below and/or attached ‘HOLD THESE DATES’ Flyer, plus any activity update emails to come in the approaching weeks, is hugely appreciated.

Check out the SAVE THE DATE OHA Week Preventable Flyer HERE!

Click here for a black and white version on the OHA Week Flyer

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State Occupational Health Network kicks off 2nd Occupational Health Awareness Week-April 27 thru May 4, 2011

Each year, millions of U.S. workers are disabled and thousands lose their lives as a result of job-related injuries and illnesses. In New York State alone, over 240,000 workers each year become ill or injured as a result of their work, and over 180 lose their lives. The tragedy, according to New York-based organizers of the nation’s 2nd Annual Occupational Health Awareness (OHA) Week, is only magnified by the fact that workplace-related illness and injury are often preventable.

Hoping to help prevent death and disability on the job by raising awareness about the importance of workplace health & safety, OHA Week founders from the New York State Occupational Health Clinic Network this week announced dates for this year’s commemoration, to extend from April 27th through May 4th, 2011. Begun by the Network as an annual awareness day in 2002, after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, the event has expanded its efforts slowly but surely each year with the support of government agencies, health & safety, labor and community organizations nationwide. In New York, the principal sponsors of what is now a week-long initiative, encompassing Worker Memorial Day (April 28), include the NYS AFL-CIO and the state’s Committees for Occupational Safety & Health: NYCOSH, CYNCOSH and WNYCOSH. Other supporters include the New York State Department of Health, State Assemblyman Rory Lancman, State Assemblyman Keith Wright and other state, local and federal legislators and entities.

Organizers are promoting the initiative as a special opportunity to highlight, support and acknowledge the importance and benefits of worker health and safety in every workplace – and not only during OHA Week, but every single day of the year, not unlike the Network’s own mission. Unique in the country as the first state-supported consortium of occupational medicine providers, the Network includes 11 clinical centers of excellence specializing in the prevention and care of occupational illness and disease year–round.  In addition to specialized clinical and preventive services and care, Network members have been active in inter-collaborative initiatives with entities and government agencies across the state and nation, often called to serve as public policy advisors to legislators, government and other public and private agencies across the United States and beyond.

Encouraging the expansion of occupational health & safety education and prevention initiatives state and nationwide, OHA Week organizers urge employers, workers, organizations and policy makers to “TAKE UP THE CHALLENGE!” of OHA Week — by planning or participating in activities and actions marking a new or renewed commitment to the health and safety of workers. Employers as well as unions, policy makers, advocate organizations, and workers themselves, can take an active role in promoting a healthy and productive workplace. With a legal responsibility to protect their workforce, employers can also reduce workers’ compensation and related costs and improve productivity by committing to providing safe and healthy work.

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