Animal Law Week talk by Deborah Berkowitz of the National Employment Law Project who formerly served as a senior official at OSHA.

Event Overview

Deborah Berkowitz is the Worker Health and Safety Program Director at the National Employment Law Project and a former senior official at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration during the Obama Administration. She joined NELP in 2015, following six years serving as chief of staff and then a senior policy adviser for OSHA (2009-2015).

Debbie has a long record of achievement in the field of occupational safety and health. Her past positions include health and safety director of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union and the health and safety director of the Food and Allied Service Trades Department of the AFL-CIO. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Public Health Association’s Alice Hamilton Award.

In her latest role, Debbie has led NELP’s efforts to strengthen federal and state worker safety and health protections, as well as state workers’ compensation laws. She is the author of widely cited NELP reports on improving worker safety and workers’ compensation systems. Debbie works with national and state partners to develop successful policies and campaigns that improve conditions for vulnerable, low-wage workers in dangerous industries, including temporary workers and those in the meat, poultry, and food industry.

Debbie recently testified before Congress on this very issue on March 1, 2021. You can read her testimony here and watch a video of the hearing here.

This talk is free and open to all – pre-registration is required.