Workers’ Right to a Safe and Healthy Workplace
Thanks to two years of grant support from the Public Welfare Foundation, PHAI has started a new program to learn how we can better protect American workers. The goal of the program is to enlist experts and advocates to help workers make better use of their rights in the workplace. We will also look for programs with which to collaborate because they are in regular contact with workers seeking help–workers’ centers, legal services clinics, health centers, plus state and local government offices, for example.
Celeste Monforton, DrPH, will direct the project, and Anthony Robbins, MD, a PHAI board member, will serve as the Principal Investigator. Beyond OSHA has grown out of a predecessor project, Scientific Knowledge and Public Policy (SKAPP) that studied issues of science and the law. Monforton, Robbins, and Daniel Givelber–also a PHAI board member–contributed to SKAPP, which received grant funding from the Public Welfare Foundation.
The Pump Handle, a public health blog moderated by Liz Borkowski, a graduate student at George Washington University’s School of Public Health and Health Service, will also be supported by the grant.
During the first months of the Beyond OSHA project, we will explore collaborations and data sources, then create a long-term strategy for the project.