Laura Stock has taken on the role of executive director for the Labor and Occupational Health Program (LOHP), a community outreach program of the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Stock, previously associate director at LOHP, succeeds Michael Wilson, who left to serve as Chief Scientist, the Office of the Director, State of California Department of Industrial Relations.
Stock earned her MPH from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health in 1983, and she has been working in the field of education and training for over 30 years. While at LOHP, Stock has become a national leader in the field of occupational safety and health. She has a strong commitment to worker-centered training and has partnered with labor unions, worker centers, and small business associations to promote worker participation in in the development of safe workplaces. She has helped develop local, state, and national health and safety policies in such areas as ergonomics, workers compensation, and effective injury and illness prevention programs. Stock has coordinated several participatory research projects and served as principal investigator for many of LOHP’s programs, including the statewide Workers’ Occupational Safety and Health Training and Education Program, and LOHP’s nationally recognized Heat Illness Prevention Campaign.
Last year, Stock was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to serve on the California Occupational Safety & Health Standards Board. She is also a member of the NIOSH/NORA committee helping to set the national research agenda for the Health Care and Social Assistance Sector.
“As the new director, I’m looking forward to sustaining and building on LOHP’s many successes, like our participatory training programs, our innovative social marketing campaigns, and our efforts to bring community and worker input into policy development,” says Stock. “I’m also excited about helping LOHP move in new directions that address emerging issues such as the health impact of excessive workload, wage theft and the rise of the temporary workforce. I plan to continue to work with our partners and staff to find new and effective strategies to engage workers and communities in efforts to promote workplace justice and safe working conditions.”