UAW Health and Safety Department: Dr. Michael Silverstein Records

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Throughout his time at the UAW Health and Safety Department, Dr. Michael Silverstein conducted worksite inspections to assist local unions in identifying and controlling workplace chemical and physical hazards and was active in the collective bargaining efforts for safety and health improvements. Silverstein was also integral in the development of many health and safety programs, which included training for local union representatives. In addition, Dr. Silverstein conducted scientific studies and published numerous articles on his findings relating to identifying the causes of cancer in the workplace among UAW members. During his tenure Silverstein helped the union locate and fix hundreds of health hazards, including: inorganic lead, metalworking fluids, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, silica, flame retardants, organic solvents, welding fumes, coke oven emissions, and reproductive toxins.

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