Our comprehensive programs are designed to benefit PEF members in every agency. We provide information and technical assistance in a variety of ways. Programs include:
- On-site training, workshops and conferences, including Train- the- Trainer models of instruction to broaden our reach. We train on the topics that affect members the most, such as violence in the workplace, ergonomics, workplace stress, indoor air quality, worker’s compensation, chemical hazards and much more.
- Formation and support of workplace and agency joint health and safety committees.
- Technical assistance such as worksite inspections and policy review; workers’ compensation assistance; PESH enforcement; fact sheets; information on standards & regulations; and “Right to Know” information.
- Advocate for stronger health and safety regulations at the agency, state, and federal levels.
Health and Safety Staff
Geraldine Stella is the Director of the Health & Safety Department, and has been with PEF since 1992. She is responsible for the coordination and oversight of the direct outreach to members and NYS agencies on a variety of health and safety issues including: research and development of effective national, federal, and statewide safety and health laws, standards, policies and programs; hazard identification, prevention and remediation; and technical assistance on occupational safety and health topics. Geraldine trains workers on a variety of occupational hazards, assists injured workers with complicated worker’s compensation issues, and works with PEF leaders to mentor new health and safety activists. Geraldine earned a B.S. in Psychology with a focus on Industrial/Organizational programs. A union advocate for many years, she has additional experience in labor/management, grievance handling and contract negotiations.
Shawn Bobb has been with the PEF since 1993 as a Health and Safety Specialist. Prior to this, he was a Public Health Representative with the NYS Department of Health’s TB Control Bureau. He assists agency and local health and safety committees with identifying potential and existing occupational safety and health issues and providing recommendations for corrective actions. Shawn has a graduate degree in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences from Hunter College.
Paige Saakyan is a Health and Safety Specialist with a background in Health and Physical Therapy. She earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Utica University and her B.S. in Health Studies from Syracuse University, College of Utica. Paige has completed clinical research on falls within the diabetic population, in relation to sensory loss. She works with members on a variety of health and safety issues, provides recommendations for controls, and delivers various health and safety trainings across the state. In addition, Paige is the lead trainer for PEF’s ergonomics program and provides technical assistance to ergonomic assessors statewide.
Veronica Foley is the newest addition to the Health and Safety Department at PEF. She comes to us after having worked in safety and health for both NYSUT and District Council 37. At DC 37 she became the Director of Health and Safety and while at NYSUT she was the point person for all health and safety issues.
As an experienced advocate for workers, she strongly believes in the right to a safe workplace. She has a graduate degree in international development and her academic focus was centered heavily on how societies can achieve equitable growth and promote trade union movements. In order to ensure that PEF members are afforded the opportunities to grow and succeed in their chosen fields of work, Veronica is prepared to work closely with PEF members, their leadership and employers to identify health and safety concerns, strategize solutions and enforce the implementation of those solutions.
Niki Grabo, Health & Safety Assistant
Crystal Bruno Administrative Secretary
For more information please contact Health and Safety
at 1-800-342-4306 x:254