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Workers' Compensation
(On-the-Job Injury or Illness)


Advocate for Injured Workers

On October 1, 1998, Edwin Ruff was appointed by Governor George E. Pataki to the position of Labor Ombudsman for Injured Workers at the New York State Workers' Compensation Board.

For the past 9 years Ed was the Safety and Health Director, as well as the Assistant Director of Community Services for the New York State AFL-CIO. Ed has extensive knowledge and expertises in the safety and health field and has become a highly recognized safety and health expert on the state, national and international level. Ed provided training and education on occupational safety and health to affiliates in both the public and private sector and served as a liaison between public employee unions, the Department of Labor and the Attorney General's office.

In September, 1991, Ed was appointed as a member of the New York State Occupational Health Clinic Oversight Committee. He was selected by the National Leadership Coalition on AIDS Education in Washington, D.C. to serve as one of sixteen member nationwide panel to help formulate a National Education Program on AIDS in the Workplace. Ed worked on the AD HOC Committee to develop a curriculum on AIDS Education for Hunter College in New York City and serves on the labor advisory committee and is a member of the Alumni Program for Cornell University.

In 1993 Ed was sent to Bangkok, Thailand, by the Asia-American Free Labor Institute to teach labor unions, anti-child labor organizations and environmental groups how to form coalitions to help them enhance their political and labor environment.

Ed also worked on the OSHA Committee which developed OSHA's guidelines on workplace violence and is now serving on the Governor's Task Force on Violence in the Workplace for Public Employees. He serves on numerous state and national committees on safety and health and was recently appointed to the Labor Research Advisory Council for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Ed has received numerous awards for his work including an Outstanding Service to Safety Award from the National Safety Council, the 1994 Health Educator of the Year Award from the State of New York, the United Way Award for Outstanding Volunteer Commitment and the 1998 Labor and Environment Network Annual Award.