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Who Are We?
The Young Worker Safety & Health Network is an organization of individuals who have, as a common goal, the safety of youth in the workplace. The Network was founded at the 1997 American Public Health Association Conference in New York City. This group is comprised of researchers, educators, medical specialists, pediatricians, government and other interested persons. We work to ensure our youth have safe and healthy workplace experiences that support positive educational and age-appropriate experiences. Basically, we want America's working youth to grow up healthy, have positive education and career experiences, and become ideal contributors to our society. To accomplish this mission, our youth must remain safe in their working environs.

OSHA is committed to protecting the health and safety of all U.S. workers. As young people enter the workplace, they should be aware of safety and health issues. OSHA has placed this section on its website in an effort to facilitate this work.


Mission Statement:
The mission of the Young Worker Safety and Health Network (YWSHN) is to serve as a networking vehicle for professionals to assist each other in developing and taking a comprehensive approach to protecting young workers. The focus of the Network is youth under 18 years of age. A comprehensive approach targets and involves youth, parents, employers, educators, unions and relevant public and private agencies, and includes training and education, creation of a safe work environment, and passage and enforcement of effective laws.


Work can be a positive experience building esteem, instilling good work habits, and be financially rewarding at a young age. But it can also be a negative experience if youth are put at risk for work-related injuries or illnesses, sexual harassment or wage/hour violations. They may also work long hours that interfere with school work and other age-appropriate activities. The Network acknowledges that these conditions exist for many young workers and steps must be taken to ameliorate them.

Our Goals:
  1. Advocate for adequate resources and leadership to implement the recommendations contained in the IOM report, "Protecting Youth at Work."*
     
  2. Promote and share products and materials developed for educational purposes.
     
  3. Promote public awareness of the unique characteristics and needs of teen workers and how to protect them.
     
  4. Promote and share research that:
    1. further clarifies the scope and specifics of the problem;
    2. allows practice and policy to be set based on scientific evidence; and
    3. evaluates interventions to reduce the problem.
  5. Advocate for protective child labor laws in each state and at the national level.
*Protecting Youth at Work: Health, Safety, and Development of Working Children and Adolescents in the United States. Committee on the Health and Safety Implications of Child Labor, Board on Children, Youth and Families, Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, National Research Council, Institute of Medicine. Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 1988.

What Do We Do?
The Network operates as an informational tool for anyone who has a need or interest. Some members work on research projects in schools, workplaces and government agencies. Others draft model curriculums for schools to implement, primarily in vocational areas. Some provide data for use when sponsors are drafting laws or regulations. Many generate informational pieces for use by youth, parents, educators, employers, government agencies, advocacy groups and anyone else requesting assistance.


For Information:
If you have any need for information or assistance, please contact any Network member or their organization for assistance. Below we have included names, affiliations, addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses where available. Please feel free to contact any of us for help. We will be pleased to assist you.  The current co-chairs of the Network are Diane Bush (dbush@uclink4.berkley.edu) and Mary Miller (mmar235@lni.wa.gov).

The Network operates an email system referred to as a listserve. Use of this mail list allows us to generate immediate communication to serve the Network's needs and goals. If you would like to subscribe to the listserve, change your existing e-mail address, delete your e-mail address from the list, or add someone else to the list, please e-mail Guifeng Gin at gjin@email.unc.edu and she can make the changes to the list. If you are interested in communicating to subscribers of the listserve, all you need to do is to address your Internet e-mail message to: youthwrk@listserv.oit.unc.edu. The Network is much indebted to the University of North Carolina Injury Prevention Research Center for their assistance in keeping up this listserve.



YOUNG WORKER SAFETY AND HEALTH NETWORK
Membership of individuals in the network does not necessarily connote agreement with, or endorsement of
discussions and work conducted by the network, by the agencies for whom the individuals work.

 
Henry Anderson, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Wisconsin Division of Public Health
1 W. Wilson Street, Room 150
Madison, WI 53702
Email: anderha@dhfs.state.wi.us
 
Suzanne Mager, JD
Washington Dept. of Labor and Industries
P.O. Box 44001
Olympia, WA 98504-4001
Telephone: (360) 902-4208
Fax: (360) 902-4202
Email: mage235@lni.wa.gov
 
Colleen Baker
Director
Division of Labor Standards
P.O. Box 449
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Telephone: (573) 751-3403 Ext. 252
Fax: (573) 751-3721
Email: cbaker@dolir.state.mo.us

 
Chris Miara, MS
Project Manager
Northeast Young Worker Network
Education Development Center
55 Chapel St
Newton, MA 02458
Telephone: (617) 969-7100 Ext: 2238
Fax: (617) 244-3436 527- 4096
Email: cmiara@edc.org
 
Robin Baker, MPH
Director
Labor Occupational Health Program, U.C. Berkeley
2223 Fulton, 4th Floor
Berkeley, CA 94720-5120
Telephone: (510) 643-8900
Fax: (510) 643-5698
Email: rbaker@uclink4.berkeley.edu
 
Mary Miller, MN, RN
Washington Department of Labor and Industries
Employment Standards
P.O. Box 44510
Olympia, WA 98504-4510
Telephone: (360) 902-6041
Fax: (360) 902-5300
Email: mmar235@lni.wa.gov
 
Phil Berger
Martin School of Public Policy and Administration
425 Patterson Office Tower
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0027
Telephone: (606) 257-5741
Fax: (606) 323-1937
Email: PUB711@pop.uky.edu
 
Terry Moen
Wisconsin Department of Health & Family Services
Bureau of Occupational Health, Room B157,
PO Box 2659
Madison WI 53701-2659
Telephone: (608) 266-8579
Email: moente@dhfs.state.wi.us
 
Adenike Bitto
Epidemiologist and Professor of Health
East Stroudsburg University
Health Department
P O Box 155
East Stroudsburg, PA 18301
Telephone: (570) 422-3375
Email: adenike.2doc@usa.net

Priscah Mujuru RN. MPH
Research Assistant Professor
West Virginia University
Community Medicine
Morgantown, WV 26506-9190
Telephone: (304)293-1447
Fax: (304)293-2629
Mike Bowling, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
University of North Carolina
School of Public Health
Dept. of Health Behavior and Health Education
Injury Prevention Research Center, CB# 7505 Chase
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7505
Telephone: (919) 966-7021
Fax: (919) 966-0466
E-mail:jbowling@email.unc.edu

North Carolina Occupational Safety and
Health Project
P O Box 2514
Durham, NC 27715
Telephone: (919) 286-9249
Fax: (919) 286-4857
Email: ncosh@igc.org
 
Marianne Brown, MPH
Director
Labor Occupational Safety & Health Program
University of California at Los Angeles
Hershey Hall P O Box 951478
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1478
Telephone: (310) 794-5977 & (310) 794-5964
Fax: (310) 794-6403
Email: mpbrown@ucla.edu
Website: UCLA-LOSH

Susan O'Brien
Assistant Director
NYCOSH
275 7th Avenue
New York, NY 10001
Telephone: (212) 627-3900
Fax: (212) 627-9812
Email: sobrien@nycosh.org
Nellie Brown, MS CIH
Director, Workplace Health and Safety Program
Cornell University - ILR
Lead Programs Manager
Certified Industrial Hygienist
Certified Mold Assessor
237 Main Street, Suite 1200
Buffalo, NY 14203
Telephone: (716) 852-1444 Ext.111
Fax: (716) 852-3802
Email: NJB7@cornell.edu
 
John Palassis, CIH, CSP, CHMM
National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health
Education and Information Division
4676 Columbia Pkwy.
Cincinnati, OH 45226
Telephone: (513) 533-8136
Fax: (513) 533-8230
Email: jop1@cdc.gov
 
Diane Bush, MPH
Project Coordinator, Young Worker Project
Labor Occupational Health Program, U.C. Berkeley
2223 Fulton, 4th Floor
Berkeley, CA 94720-5120
Telephone: (510) 643-2424
Fax: (510) 643-5698
Email: dbush@uclink4.berkeley.edu

David Parker, MD
2808 River Parkway West
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Telephone: (612) 729-3044
Email: parke065@umn.ede
 
Larry Chapman
Senior ScientistUniversity of Wisconsin
Biological Systems Engineering
Department
460 Henry Hall
Madison, WI 53706
Telephone: (608) 241-0078 & (608) 241-7408
Fax: (608) 262-1228
Email: ljchapman@facstaff.wisc.edu

 
Susan Pollack, MD
Pediatric and Adolescent Injury Prevention Program
Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center
333 Waller Avenue, Suite 202
Lexington, KY 40504
Telephone: (859) 257-4954
Fax: (859) 257-3909
Email: shpoll@uky.edu
 
Dawn N. Castillo
Division of Safety Research
National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health
1095 Willowdale Road, MS H-1808
Morgantown, WV 26505
Telephone: (304) 285-6012
Fax: (304) 285-5774
Email: dcastillo@cdc.gov

 
Kimberly Rauscher, MA
University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Work Environment Dept., Kitson 200
One University Avenue
Lowell, MA 01854
Email: kimberly_rauscher@uml.edu
 
Janet Abboud Dal Santo, Dr PH
Project Director
Injury Prevention Research Center
University of North Carolina
CB #7505 Chase Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7505
Telephone: (919) 966-5725
Fax: (919) 966-0466
Email: dalsanto@email.unc.edu

Pete Rimsans
Deputy Commissioner
Indiana Department of Labor
402 W. Washington St. Room W 195
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Telephone: (317) 232-2655
Fax: (317) 233-3790
Email: primsans@dol.state.in.us
Tish Davis, ScD
Director
Occupational Health Surveillance Program
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
250 Washington St, 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
Telephone: (617) 624-5626
Fax: (617) 624-5696
Email: Letitia.davis@state.ma.us
Carol Runyan, PhD
Director, UNC Injury Prevention Research Center
Professor, Dept. of Health
Behavior and Health Education
Professor, Dept. of Pediatrics
University of North Carolina
Chase Hall, CB 7505
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7505
Telephone: (919) 966-2251
Fax: (919) 966-0466
Email: carol_runyan@unc.edu

Robin Dewey
Labor Occupational Health Program, U.C. Berkeley
University of California
2223 Fulton, 4th Floor
Berkley, CA 94720-5120
Telephone: (510) 642-2477
Fax: (510) 643-5698<br>
Email: rdewey@uclink4.berkeley.edu
 
Ted Scharf, PhD
Research Psychologist
Work Organization and Stress
Research Section
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
U.S. Public Health Service
4676 Columbia Parkway, MS/C-24
Cincinnati, OH 45220
Telephone: (513) 533-8170
Fax: (513) 533-8596
Email: tscharf@cdc.gov
Website: NIOSH

Khesha Duncan
School to Career - Child Labor Coordinator
Missouri Division of Labor Standards
3315 W. Truman Blvd., Room 205
P. O. Box 449
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Telephone: (573) 751-3403
Fax: (573) 751-3721
 
Michael D. Schulman, Ph.D.
Professor and Alumni
Distinguished Graduate Professor
North Carolina State University
Adjunct Professor
Department of Health Behavior and Health Education
UNC-School of Public Health
Dept of Sociology
337 1911 Building
Box 8107
Raleigh, NC 27695-8107
Telephone: (919) 515-9016
Fax: (919) 515-2610
Email: Michael_Schulman@ncsu.edu

Bridget Flory
Department of Labor and Industries
PO BOX 44321
Olympia, WA & 985044321
Telephone: (360) 902-4781
Email: flor235@lni.wa.gov
Derek G. Shendell, D.Env, MPH
Director, New Jersey Safe Schools Program
University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey
School of Public Health
Liberty Plaza 335
George Street - Suite 2200
Telephone: 732-235-4988
Fax: 732-235-4960
Email: shendedg@umdnj.edu
Website: New Jersey Safe Schools

Susan Gallagher, MPH
Senior Scientist
Children's Safety Network
Education Development Center
55 Chapel Street
Newton, MA 02458
Telephone: (617) 618-2206
Fax: (617) 969-9186
Email: sgallagher@edc.org
 
Joel Shufro
Executive Director
New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health
275 7th Ave., 8th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Telephone: (212) 627-3900 ext. 15
Email: jshufro@nycosh.org
 
Susan Garman
Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services
Division of Public Health
Bureau of Occupational Health
1 West Wilson Street, Room B157
P O Box 2659
Madison, WI 53701-2659
Telephone: (608) 267-3256
Email: garmasj@dhfs.state.wi.us

Diane Silva
Investigator
U.S. Dept. of Labor, Wage & Hour Division
2800 Cottage Way, Room # W-1836
Sacramento, CA 95825
Telephone: (916) 978-4396
Fax: (916) 978-6125
 
Abby Ginzberg
Ginzberg Video Productions
1136 Evelyn Avenue
Albany, CA 94706
Telephone: (5l0) 528-9116
Fax: (5l0) 528-28l0
Email: abbyginz@aol.com
Ray Sinclair
Health Communications Researcher
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
4676 Columbia Pkwy.
Cincinnati, OH 45226
Telephone: (513) 533-8172
Fax: (513) 533-8560
Email: rsinclair@cdc.gov
 
Marcy Goldstein - Gelb
Executive Director
MassCOSH
12 Southern Ave.
Dorchester, MA 02124
Telephone: (617) 825-7233 Ext. 15
Email: marcy.gelb@masscosh.org
 
Susan M. Smith
Associate Professor
Health, Safety and Exercise Science
The University of Tennessee
Telephone: (865) 974-1108
Fax: (865) 974-6439
Email: smsmith@utk.edu
 
Alyce Gowdy Wright
NCDSH
P. O. Box 2514
Durham, NC 27715
Telephone: (919) 286-9249
Fax: (919) 286-4857
Email: ncosh@igc.org

 
 
Laura Stock, MPH
Assistant Director
Labor Occupational Health Program, U.C. Berkeley
2223 Fulton, 4th floor
Berkeley, CA 94720-5120
Telephone: (510) 642-5056
Fax: (510) 643-5698
Email: lstock@uclink4.berkeley.edu
Monte Jordan, MS
Supervising Investigator, Wage & Hour Administration
State of Alaska, Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development
675 Seventh Ave.
Fairbanks, AK 99701
Telephone: (907) 451-2869
Fax: (907) 451-2885
Email: monte_jordan@labor.state.ak.us

Anthony Suruda, MD MPH
P O Box 859
Telluride, CO 81435-0859
Telephone: (970) 369-0675
Email: tonysuruda@aol.com
 
Art Kerschner, Jr.
U.S. DOL Wage and Hour
200 Constitution Ave. NW, Room S3518
Washington, DC 20210
Telephone: (202) 693-0072
Fax: (202) 693-1432
Email: art@fenix2.dol-esa.gov
 
Betty Szudy
Labor Occupational Health Program, U.C. Berkeley
2223 Fulton, 4th Floor
Berkeley, CA 94720-5120
Telephone: (510) 643-8901
Fax: (510) 643-5698
Email: bszudy@uclink4.berkeley.edu
 
Laurie Kominski, MSW
Director, Youth Project
UCLA Labor Occupational Safety
and Health Program
Hershey Hall P O Box 951478
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1478
Telephone: (310) 794-5992
Fax: (310) 794-6403
Email: lauriek@ucla.edu
Website: UCLA-LOSH
 
Jeanette Tierney
Occupational Health Nurse
DHFS/DPH/Bureau of Occupational Health
PO Box 2659
Room B157, 1 W. Wilson
Madison WI 53701
Telephone: (608) 266-7298
Fax: (608) 266-1550
Email: tiernjm@dhfs.state.wi.us
 
Tyler A. Kress, Ph.D.
The University of Tennessee
416 Neyland Stadium East
Knoxville, TN 37996
(865) 974-3982
Email: kress@utk.edu
 
Linda Treiber, RN, MS
North Carolina State University
Box 8107
Dept. Sociology and Anthropology
Raleigh, NC 27695-8107
Telephone: (919) 513-0287
Fax: (919) 515-2610
Email: latreibe@server.sasw.ncsu.edu
 
Lynne Lamstein
Director, Outreach and Education
Bureau of Labor Standards
Maine Department of Labor
45 State House Street
Augusta, ME 04333
Telephone: (207) 624-6465
Fax: (207) 624-6449
Email: lynne.c.lamstein@state.maine.us

Ellen Widess
Senior Program Officer
Rosenberg Foundation
47 Kearny Street, Suite 804
San Francisco, CA 94107
Telephone: (415) 421-6105
Email: ewidess@rosenbergfdn.org

 
Barbara Lee, RN, PhD
National Children's Center for Rural/Agricultural Safety
1000 N. Oak Ave
Marshfield, WI 54449
Telephone: (715) 389-4999
Fax: (715) 389-4996
Email: leeb@mmrf.mfldclin.edu
John Wooding, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Regional Economic 
and Social Development
500B O'Leary Library
61 Wilder Street
Lowell, MA 01854
Telephone: (978) 934-4257
Fax:(978) 934-4028
Email: John_Wooding@uml.edu 
Website: RESD at UMass Lowell

Darren Linker
Community Outreach & Education Program
University of Washington
4225 Roosevelt Way NE #100
Seattle, WA 98105-6099
Telephone: (206) 616-7566
Email: dlinker@u.washington.edu
Karen Zukas
Manager, Strategic Initiatives
Prevention Division
Workers' Compensation Board of British Columbia<
Telephone: (604) 276-5159
Fax: (604) 207-1478
Email: kzukas@wcb.bc.ca