The William Steiger Memorial Award honors individuals from the social/political sphere whose efforts have contributed to advancements in occupational safety and health. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown is this year’s Steiger Award recipient for making such contributions.
Since January of 2007, Senator Sherrod Brown has been a champion of middle-class families in the Senate. He has held more than 300 community roundtables across Ohio’s 88 counties with students, local leaders and business owners, entrepreneurs and educators, workers, and families to find ways to strengthen our economy.
In the Senate, Senator Brown has led the fight to support government agencies that promote workplace safety. He has led his colleagues in pushing for full funding for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and has supported legislation to expand the number of workers OSHA covers and update its enforcement measures.
Senator Brown also secured $110 million in federal resources for Cincinnati’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) campus. He repeatedly pressed the Obama Administration to prioritize funding for this important agency, and the resources he secured will help NIOSH, which employs nearly 550 Ohioans, consolidate its Cincinnati research facilities into one central location to improve and enhance scientific collaboration. These are critical investments for workers and workplace safety.
Prior to serving in the United States Senate, Senator Brown served as a United States Representative for the 13th District of Ohio, Ohio’s Secretary of State, a member of the Ohio General Assembly, and has taught in Ohio’s public schools and at The Ohio State University.
ACGIH® is pleased to honor Senator Brown as the recipient of this year’s William Steiger Memorial Award.