SKAPP Staff

Liz Borkowski
Liz Borkowski, MPH is a Research Associate at The George Washington University’s School of Public Health and Health Services. She covers occupational health and safety and other public-health topics for the public health blog The Pump Handle. She holds an MPH in health policy from the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services.

Celeste Monforton
Celeste Monforton, DrPH, MPH is a professorial lecturer at The George Washington University’s School of Public Health and Health Services.  She earned her masters of public health in 2004 and her doctorate of public health in 2008.  Celeste worked at the US Department of Labor’s OSHA (1991-1995) as a policy analyst, and at MSHA (1996-2001) as special assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Labor.  Her research interests include regulatory policy and its affect on implementing timely protection for workers from occupational health hazards.  In 2006, Celeste served with J. Davitt McAteer on a special investigation of the January 2006 Sago Mine disaster and in 2010 was appointed to WV Governor Manchin's special team investigating the explosion at Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch mine which took the lives of 29 coal miners.

Congressional Testimony:

U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor, Subcommittee on Workforce Protections on H.R. 2067 "Protecting America's Workers Act," April 28, 2010. Testimony; archived webcast.

U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, Subcommittee on Worker Safety, hearing on meaningful incentives and family member participation in OSHA enforcement, April 28, 2009.  Written statement ; brief oral  statement; and archived webcast.

U.S. House of Representatives Education & Labor Committee, Subcommittee on Workforce Protections on DOL's proposed rule on risk assessment, Sept 17, 2008,  Written statement; brief oral statement; and archived webcast.

Publications include:

Monforton C, Windsor R. An impact evaluation of a federal mine safety training regulation on injury rates among US stone, sand, and gravel mine workers: an interrupted time-series analysis. Am J Public Health. 2010 Jul;100(7):1334-40.

Monforton C, et al.  Letter to the Editor: Comment on: Ogden T (2009) ‘Data sharing, Federal Rule of Evidence 702, and the Lions in the Undergrowth’ Ann. Occup. Hyg., April 2010; pp. 1–3.

Beryllium’s Public Relations Problem: Protecting Workers When There Is No Safe Exposure Level (with D. Michaels) Public Health Reports, 2008.

How Litigation Shapes the Scientific Literature: Asbestos and Disease Among Automobile Mechanics (with D. Michaels, 2007)

Op-Ed: Bush's Disturbing Nomination (2006)

Weight of the Evidence or Wait for the Evidence? (2006)

Selected Science: An Industry Campaign to Undermine an OSHA Hexavalent Chromium Standard (with D.Michaels & P. Lurie, 2006)

Manufacturing  Uncertainty: Contested Science & the Protection of the Public’s Health & Environment (with D. Michaels, 2005)

Scientific Evidence in the Regulatory System (with D Michaels, 2005)

Documents referenced in some of Celeste's blog posts here

Documents referenced in some of Celeste's blog posts 2012 here