Cecelia Gilligan Leto

Project Director,
Safer and Healthier Workplaces

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About Cecelia

Leto has provided participatory safety and health training and strategic advice to over 9,500 workers from over 130 unions, employers, and organizations.  She is an authorized OSHA trainer for 10-hour and 30-hour courses and holds a bachelor’s degree in Labor Safety and Health from the National Labor College.  Before working at WEC, from 1999 through 2005, she served as a Health and Safety Project Coordinator and Assistant Training Coordinator for the Rutgers University Occupational Training and Education Consortium in New Brunswick.  In those capacities, she coordinated curriculum development and facilitated 12 train-the- trainer programs addressing many workplace hazards.  Her areas of training expertise includes hazard recognition, systems approach to incident investigation, OSHA rights, joint safety and health committees, injury and illness prevention programs, and preventing workplace violence, as well as other hazards.  Cecelia currently holds the following positions: Board of Directors for the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, Vice-President of the Greater NJ Coalition of Labor Union Women, United Steelworkers Local 4-397 Unit Chair, and USW Women of Steel Coordinator.  In 2016, Leto received the National COSH Educator of the Year Award and in 2008, she received the Hero of Healthcare Award from the Health Professionals and Allied Employees union for exceptional training of their members.