What is the NSC Labor Division?

  • ​The Labor Division is c​omprised of union-based safety professionals and government regulators who share interest in safety, health and environmental concerns within the industry. The Labor Division has 13 sections/committees:

    ​Community Service/Public Safety​Government​Maritime​Promotion of Training and Education
    ​Construction​Labor Agencies and Standards​Occupational Driver​Transportation
    ​Ergonomics​Industrial​Occupational and Environmental Health​Troubled Worker Safety and Health

    Labor Division & IBEW Safety Caucus Spring Meeting 2016


    The spring Labor Division meeting will be held April 10-13, and the IBEW Safety Caucus will be April 13 and 14. The location for both events is:

    Crowne Plaza Columbus-Downtown
    33 E. Nationwide Blvd.
    Columbus, OH 43215

    Group rate: $129
    Price valid April 8-15, 2016

    Don't delay! Reserve your room now. Click here for online booking, or call (800) 338-4462 for a reservation. Group affiliation is Labor Division General, or use code LDS.

  • The meeting agenda is subject to change. For more information, please contact Tammy Washington-Riley at tammy.washington@nsc.org, or call (630) 775-2227. Please follow us on Facebook.

    We look forward to seeing you in Columbus!

    Meeting Minutes


    Meet the Labor Division Leadership Team



    Twana McFann
    Safety Technician
    City of Columbus, Public Utilities
    Labor Division Chairman

    McFann, a member of I.B.E.W. Local 683 and AFSCME 1632 in Columbus, OH, has been with the Labor Division since 1999. She is a representative for Fallen Lineman, a nonprofit that aids families who have experienced on-the-job injuries and fatalities. She formerly was a journeyman wireman in construction. She teaches multiple topics, but her focus is electrical work, regulatory compliance, overseeing electrical training, written programs/procedures, observations and inspections.


    Les Johnson
    Safety Committee Chairman
    IBEW Local 733
    Labor Division Vice Chairman

    Johnson is a full-time union safety representative at Ingalls Shipbuilding, Division of Huntington Ingalls Industries. He is a member of the Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health and has been a member of the NSC Labor Division for 17 years.


    Joseph Grabinski
    Chief Union EHS Steward
    Immediate Past Chairman/Secretary

    Grabinski holds a bachelor's in business administration from Post University and is an OSHA-authorized trainer. He has held many leadership positions in the Labor Division since 1999. He is on the board of The Workplace Inc. and is mentoring chief program coordinator for Teamster/Sikorsky Career Pathways. He previously served as Borough of Naugatuck Plan Commission member and Connecticut State Board of Education High School Reform Advisory Board member.

    Mark Johnson

    Mark Johnson
    Safety and Health Director
    TWU Local 513
    Vice President for Labor



    Tammy T. Washington
    NSC Division Program Manager

    Tammy has been employed with NSC for more than 10 years. She is responsible for managing the NSC volunteer engagement programs, meetings, websites and databases. Besides the Labor Division, she also works with the Business & Industry, Construction, Utilities, and Alcohol, Drugs and Impairment divisions. Tammy can be reached at (630) 775-2227.

  • Labor Division Member Mark Johnson Awarded DSSA


    Our own Mark Johnson was one of six individuals honored by the National Safety Council with a 2015 Distinguished Service to Safety Award, the highest award given to safety professionals. This year's recipients were honored at the opening session of the NSC Congress & Expo in Atlanta – the largest annual gathering of safety and health professionals in the U.S.

    Johnson, the safety and health director for TWU Local 513, was recognized for his outstanding efforts within the Labor Division.

    "These award recipients have shown an unwavering dedication to safety throughout their careers," said Deborah A.P. Hersman, NSC president and CEO. "Their efforts have undoubtedly helped make our world safer and inspired the next generation of safety leaders."

    Honorees were nominated by an NSC occupational safety volunteer group or division.


  • Testimonials

    "As a member [of the] NSC Labor Division I have received excellent training from peer experts and developed a network of union safety specialists. I have also grown as a safety leader both at work and in my community thanks to the strong leadership of the Labor Division."

    – Rick Irwin, Safety Blue Hat, IBEW Local 965

    “Being a member of the Labor Division has provided me tremendous training and networking opportunities. This has not only helped me to understand the various safety and health issues and solutions at other workplaces within my industry, but I have a better understanding of safety and health solutions throughout many different workplaces. This also provides many resources willing to provide assistance and feedback on safety and health issues."

    – Ronald Miller, Ground Safety Director, I.A.M. District 142

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Edward Egan Soldier of Safety Award

Awarded to a Division member who embodies the ideals and guidance that Edward Eagan practiced every day in the promotion of safety and health for the American worker. Edward Eagan was part of IBEW Local 103 and served as a highly regarded labor liaison with OSHA. Eagan passed away in 1997.

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