We are safety + health

For decades, Unions have led the struggle for improved working conditions, dignity, and respect on the job. Unions have won legislation and protections that have made the workplace safer for all workers. Still, each year millions of workers are injured, diseased, or killed by job hazards. Under the Obama administration, workers’ concerns are a value and a priority for the first time in years.
The IBT Safety and Health Department continues to 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, IBT Trade Divisions and Conferences, and IBT Departments.

Department Director + Managers

Lamont Byrd stands in the IBT lobby in front of the a large bronze IBT logo

Lamont Byrd

Department Director

Lamont first joined the Teamsters Safety and Health Department in 1990 as an Industrial Hygienist, with a Master’s from the University of Cincinnati. Under his leadership, the Department has grown to include a diverse staff of industrial hygienists, safety professionals, administrative specialists, grant managers, communications liaison, and office manager. He was very instrumental in establishing, through federally funded grants and partnerships with Teamster Local Unions and Employers, 12 Teamsters Safety and Health Training Centers nationwide that employ approximately 30 union instructors. The Department currently receives  5 federal training grants. In just the past 10 years, over 50,000 Teamsters workers, in addition to other workers and community partners, have benefited from the safety and health training offered by the Teamsters.

Lamont is actively involved in developing occupational safety and health and transportation safety policy and providing technical and regulatory support to rank-and-file Teamsters members, IBT Trade Divisions & Conferences, and Local Union Affiliates.  He currently serves on various advisory boards and policy committees, including the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee; OSHA- National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health; National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health – Board of Scientific Counselors; Transportation Research Board; and the Transportation Research Board – Motor Carrier Safety Research Analysis Committee.

Chee Chang

Chee Chang

Program Manager

Chee is originally from Taiwan and has been with the IBT Worker Training Program for 22 years. Chee holds a Master's Degree in Education from Columbia University and a Master's from Seton Hall University.

She has been responsible for overseeing the IBT Worker Training Program, including the preparation of all reports/proposals, designing the annual Instructor Development Program, as well as managing the day to day operations of the program.

Charmaine Woolard

Charmaine Woolard

Assistant 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

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.

Kelly Bellamy

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 23 year background with other various unions as well and 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 as well as the grant management team as needed. 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.

Our Mission

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