2014 Projects

New York City

Document the prevalence of health and safety hazards and work-related injuries of NYC car wash workers

Students:

Christopher Hasslinger & Carli Richie-Zavaleta

Hosts:

Retail, Wholesale & Department Store Union (RWDSU)/UFCW

New York City

Examine the impact of Hurricane Sandy on occupational injury and illness patterns in healthcare facilities in NY

Students:

Haley Stevens & Grace Barlet

Hosts:

SEIU United Healthcare Workers East (UHE)

SF Bay Area

Prepare short videos demonstrating a new method for reducing hand vibration, hand force, and silica exposure during drilling

Students:

Adam Moskowitz & Gabriel Fregoso

Hosts:

OHB-CDPH and the University of CA Ergonomics Program & Laborer’s and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)

SF Bay Area

Improve worker health and safety through safer alternatives to toxic paint removers

Students:

Erika Meza & Jeremy Sosman

Hosts:

Occupational Health Branch (OHB), California Department of Public Health (CDPH)

SF Bay Area

Investigate health and safety issues in the food processing industry

Students:

Sivan Sadeh-Feria & Anna Cibils

Hosts:

Working Partnerships USA and International Brotherhood of Teamsters

SF Bay Area

Investigate health and safety issues for transit workers (urban bus drivers)

Students:

Michelle Gonzalez & Elana Kessler

Hosts:

Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 192

Los Angeles

Examine chemicals of concern in black hair products at hair salons in South LA

Students:

Teni Adewumi & Esmeralda Ponce

Hosts:

Black Women for Wellness

Los Angeles

Evaluate the impact of the Santa Monica Healthy Nail Salon Recognition Program on participating nail salons

Students:

Jennifer Giang & Dung Nguyen

Hosts:

California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative

Los Angeles

Investigate sleep quality and health and safety hazards of Pilipino home health aides while working in clients’ homes

Students:

Katie Wang & Regem Corpuz

Hosts:

Filipino Worker Center

Los Angeles

Investigate injuries among registered nurses at hospital facilities in Southern California

Students:

Callum James & Rebecca Rich

Hosts:

Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 121RN

Los Angeles

Develop health and safety training curriculum to be included in a new workforce development program for carwash workers

Students:

Paul Camarena & Claudia Pacheco

Hosts:

CLEAN Carwash Campaign

Boston

Investigate health and safety hazards facing members in the Department of Public Works units and assist in building a union safety council with member reps from DPW units

Students:

Kimberly Sawyer & Rossmary Marquez

Hosts:

Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 888

San Diego

Assess the working conditions of street food vendors in the City Heights area of San Diego, CA

Students:

Karen Calderon & Jessica Vu

Hosts:

The Employee Rights Center (ERC)

Denver

Expand the health and safety capacity for contingent workers (day laborers) and their employers to create healthy and safe work environments and avoid illness and injury

Students:

Jeffrey Vredenburg & Melissa Bowman

Hosts:

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment & Centro Humanitario Para Los Trabajadores (El Centro)

Chicago

Investigate hazards in light manufacturing: Impact on Latino temp workers

Students:

Laura Campbell & Maria De La Luz Patino

Hosts:

The Chicago Workers’ Collaborative (CWC)

Marshfield, WI

Examine the different challenges of workplace health and safety issues among immigrant workers in dairy agriculture

Students:

Ivanna Pereyra & Taylor Arnold

Hosts:

National Farm Medicine Center (NFMC)

St. Paul, MN

Investigate injuries and working conditions among nursing assistants in Minnesota

Students:

Jessica Bianchi & Yuan Shao

Hosts:

The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) Research and Statistics unit

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