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DAY 1: Tuesday, December 5

11:00am- 1:00pm    Conference Registration (continues till 7pm)

Open Message Center for announcements on workshops, meetings, meals, requests for help, etc.

1:00pm -2:00pm     Conference Opening Session

2:00pm - 2:10pm    Move into Break out Rooms

2:10pm - 3:10pm    Regional Meetings

  1. New England States
  2. New York State
  3. New Jersey and Pennsylvania States
  4. Southern States
  5. Midwest/Mountain States
  6. California State
  7. Northwest States

3:20pm - 4:20pm     Regional Meeting Report Back

4:20pm-4:35pm       BREAK

4:35pm-5:35pm       Topic/Issue Meetings

  1. Protecting the Health and Safety of Temporary Workers
  2. Challenging the “Right to Work” for Less
  3. Confronting Attacks to Immigrant Workers
  4. Race and Health Equity in OSH
  5. Putting a Halt to Workplace Sexual Harassment/Violence
  6. Connecting H&S to Climate Change
  7. Worker Fatality Organizing
  8. Engaging and Organizing Young Workers

5:35pm-6:00pm     Debrief and Session Closing

6:30pm - 7:30pm   DINNER

7:45pm - 9:45 pm  Social Hour


DAY 2: Wednesday, December 6

8:00am-9:00am     Conference Registration

9:00am-10:30am   Welcome and Conference Overview

                               Panel: Cutting Edge Issues and Taking Action


10:45am-12:45pm          WORKSHOP SESSION 1

1.    Spanish Track: Estrategias de Facilitacion

2.    Organizing Track: Basic Health & Safety for Organizers: Fundamentals 1

3.   Drug Testing Related to Workplace Health and Safety

4.    PANEL: Workplace Violence Prevention

5.   Advanced Track: Stop Working on Symptoms and Address Underlying Causes of Ineffective Health and Safety Programs

6.   Third Party Lawsuits for OHS

7.    Basic Track: Know Your Health and Safety Rights

8.    Lessons from Workplace Fatalities


1:00pm-2:30pm     LUNCH


2:30pm - 3:15pm     Poster and Vendor Exhibit

3:15pm - 3:30pm     BREAK 

2:45pm-4:45pm                       WORKSHOP SESSION 2

10. Organizing Track: Basic Health & Safety for Organizers - Fundamentals 2 Health and Safety Tools in Organizing Campaigns

11. Spanish Track: Prevención y Preparación de Protocoles en Casos de Desastres

12. Legal Clinic: The OSHA Inspection Process, The Process Before the Complaint is Issued, Walk Around Rights

13. Basic Track: Effective Health & Safety Committees     

14. Lessons Learned from Health and Safety Campaigns: Poultry Workers Campaign and others

15. Advanced Track: Developing Contract Language for Health and Safety

16. Supporting Workers During the Workers' Comp Process

17. Climate Change and Disaster Response - Lessons from Harvey, Irma, Maria and the next disaster


7:00pm-9:30pm     Dinner and Awards Banquet – Music!!

Thursday, December 7

8:30am- 8:45am     Overview of the Day

8:45 -10:00am        Media Panel

10:15am-12:15pm            WORKSHOP SESSION 3

19. Organizing Track: Reports from the Trenches – HS Campaigns

20. Spanish Track: Alcance Efectivo a Trabajadores Vulnerables

21. Basic Track - Identifying Hazards in the Workplace

22. Worker Center Health & Safety Activism

23. Advanced Track: Shifting Safety Investigations from Blame the Worker to Learning Causes and Prevention

24. Gender Based Sexual Violence in the Workplace

25. Tools to Track Workplace Injuries and Illnesses, Identify Hazards and Prevent Retaliation: OSHA and Beyond

26. Looking for Trouble - The Elements of a Model Comprehensive Workplace Health and Safety Program


12:30pm-2:00pm     LUNCH


2:00pm - 2:30pm     Poster and Vendor Exhibit


2:30pm - 2:45pm     BREAK

2:45pm-4:45pm             WORKSHOP SESSION 4     

28. Supporting Workers During the Workers' Comp Process

29. Spanish Track: TBA

30. Organizing Track: Problem solving for Organizers – Managing an OSHA complaint; Networking to Build Worker Power

31. Respirator Fit Testing and Other Things You Should Know About How to Protect Your Lungs at Work

32.  Advanced Track: How to Create Real Worker Participation and Improvement in a Workplace Health and Safety Program

33.  State-Based Initiatives for Health and Safety - Criminally Prosecute Egregious Labor Violations

34.  Legal Clinic - The Legal Process After the Citations Are Issued, Settlements

35.  Dealing with Workplace Stress and Trauma on the Job - Lessons from Disasters  

4:45pm-5:30pm     Closing and Evaluations

7:00pm-9:00pm     Networking Meetings