Occupational Safety and Health Division Staff
Scott P. Schneider, MS, CIH, FAIHA, Division Director
Scott Schneider has a B.S. Degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, a Masters Degree in Zoology from the University of Michigan and a Masters Degree in Industrial Hygiene from the University of Pittsburgh. He is also a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH). For the past 29 years, Scott has been doing occupational safety and health work for the Labor Movement, including five years as Ergonomics Program Director for the AFL-CIO’s Center to Protect Workers’ Rights. He has published several scientific articles and reviews on construction ergonomics and, recently, developed an ergonomics training module for building trades apprentices. His other main area of interest and expertise is preventing hearing loss among construction workers. Scott has been actively involved with OSHA over the regulation of asbestos exposures and respirators among other issues. He has conducted research under grants from NIOSH on ergonomic problems in construction and other topics. He is a member of numerous national committees on safety and health for the Building and Construction Trades Department, the AFL-CIO, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA.) He was recently elected as a Fellow member of AIHA, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field.
Walter A. Jones is the Associate Director, Occupational Safety and Health, for the Laborers' Health and Safety Fund of North America in Washington, DC. He has a B.S. from Brockport State University and Masters Degree in Environmental and Occupational Health Science from Hunter College, City University of New York. Walter has spent more than a decade in the labor movement working on safety and health issues that impact workers. As a safety and health specialist for the LHSFNA, he reviews and develops safety and health programs for signatory contractors, responds to affiliates requests for technical information regarding environmental and occupational safety and health issues and conducts workplace inspections at the request of affiliates to evaluate and make recommendations for controls of hazards in the workplace. He also prepares written comments to OSHA and EPA regarding proposed safety and health legislation that affects the membership and testify to their efficacy. Walter is a member of the American Public Health Association (APHA) leadership and a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA).
Travis Parsons, Senior Safety and Health Specialist
Travis Parsons is a Senior Safety and Health Specialist. He has a B.S. degree in Exercise Physiology and a Masters degree in Occupational Health and Occupational Safety (OHOS) from West Virginia University (WVU) located in Morgantown, WV. Prior to working at the Laborers' Health and Safety Fund, Travis worked at the Safety and Health Extension (S&HE) of WVU in Morgantown. At the S&HE he provided safety and health training, industrial hygiene, technical assistance, and applied research for employers and employees in West Virginia. He also has a strong background in physical rehabilitation and fitness. At the Laborers' Health and Safety Fund, Travis provides Safety and Health services to LIUNA representatives and employers on issues concerning workplace hazards on construction job sites. His interests are in the areas of ergonomics, worker safety, hazard awareness and overall site safety.