Careers in Occupational Safety & Health

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EXAMPLES:

  • Occupational Health Education
  • Industrial Hygiene
  • The Safety Professional
  • Occupational Medicine
  • Occupational Health Nursing
  • Occupational Safety and Health Law
  • Ergonomics
  • Occupational Health Research and Epidemiology
  • Environmental Protection

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH EDUCATION

Amy Liebman
Amy K. Liebman, MPA, MA
Director of Environmental and Occupational Health
Migrant Clinicians Network

Amy Liebman has devoted her entire professional career to improving the environmental and occupational health of disenfranchised populations through community outreach, educational and training programs and policy initiatives. She currently serves as the Director of Environmental and Occupational Health at Migrant Clinicians Network (MCN), where she has worked for 12 years. At MCN, she has established a nationally recognized initiative to integrate occupational and environmental medicine into the primary care setting. This effort aims to reduce risks associated with environmental and occupational hazards by improving clinical knowledge and practice as well as community outreach and education. She has been a national leader in bringing the culturally appropriate train-the-trainer model with promotores de salud (lay health workers) to environmental health efforts to educate vulnerable communities about hazards and ways to reduce risks. Together with MCN, she received the EPA Regional Children’s Environmental Health Champion Award for their projects that help farm worker families minimize their exposures to environmental hazards.

Prior to her current position, she was the Director of Outreach and Policy for the Center for Environmental Resource Management in El Paso, Texas, where she directed several programs on both sides of the US-Mexico Border. She has authored articles and training curricula and other educational materials dealing with environmental and occupational health, environmental justice and migrants. Ms. Liebman has a Master’s degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, and a Master of Arts from the Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Ms. Liebman served from 2002-2010 on the EPA’s Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee and served on the EPA’s Worker Protection subcommittee. She has also spearheaded efforts within the American Public Health Association to adopt policy resolutions supporting the protection of agricultural workers. She is the 2011recipient of the Lorin Kerr Award, an American Public Health Association Award/Occupational Health and Safety Section Award which recognizes activists for their sustained efforts and dedication to improve the lives of workers.

INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE

Walter Jones
Walter Jones, MSc, CIH
Associate Director of Occupational Safety and Health
Laborers’ Health and Safety Fund of North America

Walter Jones is a passionate advocate for worker health and safety. A Certified Industrial Hygienist with 16 years of occupational health and safety (OSH) experience with last eight focused in construction. As the Associate Director of Occupational Safety and Health for the Laborers’ Health and Safety Fund of North America, he works to help prevent injuries, illnesses, and fatalities among members and construction employers. His day-to-day responsibilities involve responding to affiliate requests for technical information regarding environmental and OSH issues, developing injury and illness prevention programs, conducting worksite audits, and providing training and educational seminars. He also conducts contaminant sampling and monitoring to evaluate and identify hazardous exposures.

Based in the Nation’s Capital, Walter is involved in policy discussions and actions towards the advancement of progressive worker safety practices, standards and regulations. He currently works on issues such as patient-safe hospital renovations highway work zone safety, prevention-through-design for safer construction, responsible oil and gas extraction and reducing silica and noise exposures in construction. Walter is a member and participates with many OHS professional associations and sits on numerous committees dedicated to improving worker health, notably, NIOSH’s Prevention through Design Council and sits on the OSHA Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) as well as the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) A10 Construction and Demolition Standards Committee. Walter welcomes the infusion of youth and energy into the OSH disciplines and is always willing to help or provide advice. He believes the future of workplace protections will be based on our ability to involve the public and convince them they have a vested interest in demanding healthy workplaces. Walter can also be found at LinkedIn. However, he still defines himself more as a trail runner that eats too many sweets.