Bill Borwegen, National Director of SEIU Health and Safety Program

Bill has a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology and environmental sciences from Rutgers University, and a master’s degree in public health in environmental and industrial health from the University of Michigan.

Bill has worked with our members and locals to promote SEIU’s educational and regulatory efforts for more than 28 years on the wide range of hazards facing our members including:

– protecting school workers and children from asbestos, resulting in passage of the federal Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act of 1986;

– petitioning OSHA, leading to the 1991 Bloodborne Pathogens Standard; and

– advocating for more than 20 state safer needle laws, leading to the passage of the federal Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act of 2000.

Over the past six years, Bill has worked with SEIU locals and our healthcare worker members in more than a half dozen states to pass state Safe Patient Handling laws to reduce neck, back, and shoulder injuries and improve patient care.

In the past three years, he has worked to educate our members and ensure protections are in place against pandemic influenza including H1N1, and promotes seasonal flu vaccine education to increase vaccination without mandatory requirements.

He is currently assisting SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania in an investigation and review of security procedures in the wake of a March 2012 shooting rampage of six healthcare workers–including two SEIU members–at a psychiatric hospital in Pittsburgh.

Bill Borwegen is the co-author of a chapter covering healthcare workers in the definitive textbook used in the field, Occupational Health: Recognizing and Preventing Work-Related Disease and Injury, and is a recipient of the Lorin Kerr Award granted by the American Public Health Association in recognition of advocacy work to improve worker health and safety.

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