What We Do

We provide comprehensive worker safety and health training to our rank-and-file membership, in addition to technical and regulatory support to our local union affiliates, Teamster Trade Divisions and Conferences, and Teamster Departments


The Teamster Safety and Health Department provides comprehensive worker safety and health training to our rank-and-file membership, in addition to technical and regulatory support to our local union affiliates, Teamster trade divisions and conferences, and Teamster departments. Our team is comprised of a diverse group of professionals with varied experiences, an expansive knowledge base, and over 100+ combined years of experience to service Teamster Members .

Our Mission

The mission of the Safety & Health Department is to develop and implement occupational safety and health and transportation safety policy for the Teamsters, Local Union Affiliates and rank-and file members.

We provide

training and education for rank and file members through our safety and health worker training program and in conjunction with the Education Department during stewards seminars.

Staff members

conduct independent research on various safety and health issues, we also collaborate with several research institutions on projects where we share interest

Our Work

We work closely with the Legislative Affairs Department and Change to Win Federation Affiliates on various legislative and rulemaking activities that involve safety and health.

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Charles Austin

Assistant Director for Grants/Industrial Hygienist/

Mr. Austin has over thirty years of progressive experience working with labor unions within the industrial, transportation, and construction industries. He has conducted workplace assessment, research, worker exposure assessment, training, recommended control measures, converge information technology with safety and health information, and grant writing. He earned a Master of Science degree in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences from Hunter School of Health Sciences.

Charles is involved in exposure assessment analysis, e-learning, data analytics, communication, developing/enhancing safety and health training, and providing access to information via various digital media platforms. Responsible for technical and regulatory support, QA/QC, compliance with federal regulations and consensus standards, OSHA training, JHA’s, audits, policy, metrics, wellness, project management, and database and website development.

Charmaine Woolard

Program Manager

Charmaine has served as Assistant Program Manager for the IBT Worker Training Program for the last 10 years. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Government and Public Administration.

As an Assistant Program Manager, she assists the Program Manager in the daily operations of the training program and is responsible for ensuring compliance with federal grant guidelines. Charmaine is responsible for preparing annual progress reports, closeout reports, and all appropriate forms.

Thomas Nelson

Finance Manager

Thomas has been with IBT since 1996, originally as part of the Accounting Department. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Bowie State University and became a Certified Public Accountant in 2004.

His role is to perform grant-related post-award functions, including budget and expense analysis, periodic invoicing, financial reporting, labor distribution changes and associated communications with idividuals, reconciliations, and rebudgeting.

Kelice (Kelly) Middleton

Office Manager

Kelly joined the Safety and Health Department of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) in June 2003. She has an extensive 30-year background with various other unions and in the private industry.  She is a strong supporter of union values and workers’ rights.  She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Phoenix in Business Administration.

She is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the department and support staff.  She provides daily support to the Director and Program Manager.  She also supports the Safety and Health department and the IBT Worker Training Program with the procurement of equipment and supplies, meeting, conference, and travel logistics.



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Karen Wilson

Assistant Finance Manager

Karen serves as the Assistant Finance Manager for the Safety and Health Worker’s Training Program.  She has been with International Brotherhood of Teamsters since 2019 where she started out in the Accounts Payable Department as an AP Specialist.

She began her finance career at BEI Structural Engineers, Inc. in 1999 as the HR/Finance Coordinator where she was responsible for developing and implementing financial policies and procedures. With over 20 years of experience, she brings her expertise and profound knowledge of data analysis procedures and a solidified understanding of corporate financial operations.

Karen developed a passion of accounting and finance on the job and has learned all aspects of accounting through direct, hands-on experience.

Overall, she is a driven and analytical finance professional who is passionate about helping the company achieve their financial goals through strategic planning and analysis. Outside of work, she enjoys listening to audio books, traveling, and spending time with her three granddaughters.

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Isabel Blake

Program Assistant

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Celena Campos

Program Assistant

Celena joined the Safety and Health Department of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters in November of 2022. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in K-12 Education, with a concentration in Spanish from James Madison University. She has over five years of experience working in training and development as a high school teacher where she planned, directed, and coordinated various programs. Celena has extensive experience with various training methodologies.

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