Dr. Eula Bingham: A lifetime of advocacy for workers

Whether it was in Washington, DC, serving as the head of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), researching in her Kettering lab space or on location at a worksite somewhere in the United States, Eula Bingham, PhD, was always working for American workers.

Bingham, who died June 13, 2020 at age 90, was an emerita professor in the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine’s Department of Environmental and Public Health Sciences. She is remembered as a tireless advocate, friend and fighter for working people.

“Dr. Bingham was fearless if she felt that someone was being harmed by either an occupational hazard or by a hazard to the community,” says Susan Pinney, PhD, a professor in the Department of Environmental and Public Health Sciences. “Her message was loud and clear, but she also was a master at timing and delivering the message. She advocated for protections for workers nationally and locally, including members of the building trades who encountered exposures to radiation, uranium, asbestos and many other substances working throughout the U.S. Department of Energy nuclear weapons production complex, both in production and cleanup. Likewise, she advocated for members of the community who lived around the Fernald plant and were exposed to uranium emissions.”

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