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February 27, 2019

Many high-octane topics set for Health and Safety Conference

Author: Liza Frenette
Source: NYSUT Communications

As reports continue to emerge about the hazards of wireless technology, educators can discover steps to reduce the possible negative impacts on themselves and their students during this weekend’s NYSUT Health and Safety Conference in Saratoga.

The subject is one of many high-octane topics that will be discussed at the conference, which also will explore issues such as:

  • the best tools to cope with students who act out physically;
  • the best ways to handle workplace bullying and harassment in higher education;
  • the best incident-investigation techniques to use to get to the root of a problem; and
  • how mold and bio-aerosols create health problems.

“Health and safety continues to be one of the highest priority issues for our members,” said Paul Pecorale, NYSUT vice president overseeing program services, which includes health and safety. “We continue to see elevated numbers of schools with mold, asbestos, air quality and other potentially serious issues that can negatively impact students and staff. This conference will provide participants with information and resources to bring back to their locals on important topics in H&S.”

The opioid-addiction crisis, mental health trauma, gang awareness, and emergency planning are other subjects that will be addressed this weekend. The conference also will feature the member-nominated “Unsung Hero,” a union activist who has devoted time and energy to helping make workplaces healthy and safe.

Presenters throughout the two-day conference include professionals from the American Federation of Teachers, New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, Grassroots Environmental Education, Suffolk County Probation, and other health organizations. The keynote speaker will be Charlene Obernauer, executive director of the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health.

For information, NYSUT members may contact atersign@nysutmail.org.

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