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The Worker Institute brings together researchers, educators and students with practitioners in labor, business and policymaking to address issues related to confronting systemic inequality and building a fair economy, robust democracy and just society. We will share opinion, analysis, research, data, insights and training from our faculty and staff.

Workplace Health and Safety

Free Webinar: Job Hazard Analysis with Considerations and Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities

Learn from and ask your questions to a certified industrial hygienist, biologist and chemist and expert on occupational health and safety. Join us on Friday, April 8th, 2022 to learn about Job Hazard Analysis with Considerations and Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities
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Free Webinar: Job Hazard Analysis with Considerations and Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities

Free Webinar: Shiftwork, Long Hours of Work, and Fatigue

Learn from and ask your questions to a certified industrial hygienist, biologist and chemist and expert on occupational health and safety. Join us on Friday, March 11th, 2022 to learn about Shiftwork, Long Hours of Work, and Fatigue.
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Free Webinar: Shiftwork, Long Hours of Work, and Fatigue

Free Webinar: Hierarchy of Controls: Problem-Solving for All Kinds of Hazards

Join us on Friday, February 11th, 2022 for a free webinar to learn about Hierarchy of Controls: Problem-Solving for All Kinds of Hazards.
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Free Webinar: Hierarchy of Controls: Problem-Solving for All Kinds of Hazards

Free Webinar: Gender Issues in Occupational Safety and Health

Join us on Friday,  January 14th, 2022 for a free webinar to learn about Gender Issues in Occupational Safety and Health
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Free Webinar: Gender Issues in Occupational Safety and Health

Free Webinar: Occupational Stress: Sources and Solutions

Join us on Friday, December 10th, 2021 for a free webinar to learn about Occupational Stress: Sources and Solutions.
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Free Webinar: Occupational Stress: Sources and Solutions

Free Webinar: Health and Safety Issues of the Aging Workforce

Join us on Friday, November 12th, 2021 to learn about Health and Safety Issues of the Aging Workforce in your workplace.
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Free Webinar: Health and Safety Issues of the Aging Workforce

Free Webinar: Health And Safety Committee Skills

Join us on Friday, October 8th, 2021 for a free webinar to learn about Health And Safety Committee Skills.
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Free Webinar: Health And Safety Committee Skills

Free Webinar: Covid-19, the Delta Variant and the Return to Work

Learn from and ask questions to a certified industrial hygienist, biologist and chemist and expert on occupational health and safety every second Friday of the month.
Restaurant worker wearing a face mask holds an "Open" sign
Free Webinar: Covid-19, the Delta Variant and the Return to Work

Free Workplace Health and Safety Virtual Series

The pandemic caused an awakening in the world of work and in  U.S. workplaces. As workers juggle the stresses and anxieties of returning to work and grapple with the realizations and changes of the past 18 months, we are offering a free webinar series this fall on these issues.
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Free Workplace Health and Safety Virtual Series

Brown Offers Best Practice Advice During Pandemic

Many businesses in varied industries, along with organizations such as the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, turned to Nellie Brown for guidance on adjusting practices and policies during the pandemic.
Restaurant worker wearing a face mask holds an "Open" sign
Brown Offers Best Practice Advice During Pandemic

Nellie Brown Co-Authors Site Evaluation Report on Wendt

The report found patterns of lax safety planning, policies, and procedures in a very high risk industry.
Nellie Brown
Nellie Brown Co-Authors Site Evaluation Report on Wendt

Marijuana and the Workplace

As states legalize medical or recreational marijuana, employers, employees and unions are asking how to keep people safe in the workplace. Some of them, including the Center for Occupational & Environmental Medicine in Western New York, are turning to ILR’s Nellie Brown.
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Marijuana and the Workplace

Fighting Germs

Workplaces are hotbeds of possible contagion. Nellie Brown, certified industrial hygienist, annually leads more than 100 trainings about workplace health and safety around New York state. Part of The Worker Institute at Cornell, Brown offers tips on how to minimize the potential for spreading the virus in the office:
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Fighting Germs

Ergonomic Collaboration

When a team of Cornell students, all of whom had experienced pain from typing, wanted to design a “smart glove” to collect data on repetitive stress, their quest led them to Nellie J. Brown.
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Ergonomic Collaboration

Safety for All

Refugees and other immigrants sometimes have language and other barriers that limit them from knowing how to avoid hazards at the workplace, but people like Nellie Brown help change that. Brown conducts health and safety training for immigrants working or seeking jobs in the restaurant, hotel and other industries.
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Safety for All

ILR's Art Wheaton Awarded by Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning

This week, Director of Western New York Labor and Environmental Programs Art Wheaton, was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for his work with The Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning and the Monroe County Department of Health.
Art Wheaton, Director, Western NY Labor and Environmental Programs
ILR's Art Wheaton Awarded by Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning

Health and Safety Guidance for Composting in the School Setting

Composting project in a school, either in the classroom or on the school property, can be a terrific opportunity for students to gain direct knowledge and experience with natural processes and a method of reducing and recycling biodegradable wastes.
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Health and Safety Guidance for Composting in the School Setting

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