About AHOHC

 

History

     The Alice Hamilton Occupational Health Center (AHOHC) is a non-profit, worker-oriented organization which provides training, technical assistance, research, and legislative advocacy services in the area of occupational safety and health.  Our organization was named in honor of Dr. Alice Hamilton (1869-1970), a physician, social reformer, and professor of industrial medicine.  She was best known for her research on toxic substances in the workplace.

     Headed by Brian Christopher, Executive Director, and Linda Lewis, Co-director, the AHOHC is a membership organization incorporated in the District of Columbia, serving primarily the District, Maryland, and Virginia.  Training Courses are also presented at various other locations nationwide.  Members of the AHOHC include labor union locals, workers, legal professionals, and public health, occupational and environmental health organizations.  The Center is currently comprised of ten staff members with expertise ranging from industrial hygiene to occupational health nursing to emergency response. In addition to this professional staff, the AHOHC can mobilize a wide range of volunteers who donate time, energy, and professional expertise to help achieve the goal of safe and healthy working conditions for all workers.

     Founded in 1983, the AHOHC has gained national recognition for many of the training, education, and other support services it provides. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized the AHOHC as a leading asbestos training and resource center since 1986. While performing under an EPA grant in 1990, the AHOHC was acknowledged for it's outstanding work in the development of model training materials for workers performing asbestos removal work.  Again in 1994, the AHOHC received national recognition as the nation began to utilize the model Lead Abatement Worker Curriculum developed by the Center with the support of EPA grant funding.  Additional recognition has been given to the AHOHC by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in the provision of grant funding for hazardous waste training conducted by a nationwide consortium lead by the AHOHC.

     The AHOHC has worked in conjunction with numerous labor unions to push through a variety of occupational safety and health related legislative and regulatory initiatives. For example, the AHOHC worked closely with the Building and Construction Trades Department of the AFL-CIO to develop a their asbestos position and subsequent suit against OSHA for an effective and responsible standard.  The Center also worked with the Service Employees International Union, the National Education Association, and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) to write the AHERA regulation (Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act) protecting workers and children from asbestos in schools.  The AHOHC has also empowered many unions and community groups with the training of trainers and promoter, so that the members could then train their own membership with continued technicial support and curriculum development from the AHOHC.

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Mission

     The Alice Hamilton Occupational Health Center (AHOHC) is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to worker and community health and safety. Begun in 1981 as WACOSH, (the Washington D.C. Committee on Occupational Safety and Health), the Alice Hamilton Center provides training, technical assistance and conducts research in occupational and environmental health.  The AHOHC is named after Alice Hamilton, a preeminent physician, researcher, and social reformer who worked in the early 20th century.

     Each year tens of thousands of American workers are killed and injured on the job.  Many thousands more are disabled or die of occupational illnesses. The AHOHC is dedicated to providing training and technical assistance nationally to help workers, small businesses and communities to address these hazards. The AHOHC will particularly serve the interests of disadvantaged and minority communities and workers; who often face disproportionate hazards.

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AHOHC Consortium

     The following organizations have joined together to present environmental and occupational health and safety training nationwide. The Alice Hamilton Occupational Health Center currently leads the consortium.
 

Alaska Health Project Dan Middaugh Ph: 907-276-2864 218 East 4th Street Executive Director Fax: 907-279-3089 Anchorage, AK 99501 Map akhlthproj@aol.com


Alice Hamiliton Occupational Brian Christopher Ph: 301-565-4590 Health Center Executive Director Fax: 301-565-4596 1310 Apple Avenue Map bc74@umail.umd.edu Silver Spring, MD 20910


Maine Labor Group on Health Peter Crocket Ph: 207-622-7823 P.O. Box V Executive Director  Fax: 207-622-3843 Augusta, ME 04330 Map mlgh@mint.net


Washington Committee on Jay Herzmark Ph: 206-767-7426 Health and Safety Executive Director Fax: 206-762-6433 6770 Margin Way South Map washcosh@igc.apc.org Building D Seattle, WA 98108



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