Kathleen Rest

Executive director

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As executive director of UCS, Dr. Kathleen Rest leads the organization, overseeing programs and operations, drawing upon a wealth of experience in government, academia, and the nonprofit sector to help guide the organization on issues ranging from climate change to global security. See Kathleen's full bio.

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Workers make repairs in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Photo: US Coast Guard/Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan Cox

We Must Protect the Workers Who Will Rebuild after Hurricane Harvey

Safeguarding workers’ health and safety must not be an afterthought as Texas grapples with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Read more >

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Comments Needed Now! The Trump Administration Might Revoke Vital Beryllium Protections

In response to pressure from the construction and shipyard industries, OSHA decided to (once again) solicit stakeholder comments on whether its final beryllium rule should extend protections to workers in these two industries—despite decades of work, a lengthy rule-making process, and solid scientific evidence Read more >

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Six Months into the Trump Administration: Science and Public Health Under Siege

Make no mistake. There is an all-out assault on the federal agencies charged with protecting our nation’s public health—and on the critical resources and infrastructure they need to do just that. Read more >

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President Trump’s Budget Leaves Workers Behind

Budgets reflect priorities; they also reflect values. And the Trump Administration has signaled where it stands loud and clear via its agency appointments (Scott Pruitt, need we say more?) and its FY18 budget proposals. We have already said plenty about what the proposed cuts to the EPA budget mean for public health and the environment.

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Trump Administration Delays Protections for Construction and Shipyard Workers, Weakens Beryllium Rule

Beryllium is a very dangerous material. It’s a carcinogen and the cause of chronic beryllium disease, a devastating illness. Now a new proposal is out to “modify” (read “weaken”) protections for workers exposed to beryllium in construction and shipyards. Read more >

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