The 2nd Annual International Conference on Transit Workers Health, sponsored by the City University of New York, Center for the Biology of Natural Systems (CBNS) and the New York Transport Workers Union, Local 100, was held in Caracas, Venezuela from July 11-14 , 2011. The conference, which was hosted by the Venezuelan National Railway Workers Union and featured many leading medical and health and safety professionals, heard reports on medical and scientific issues facing bus, subway and commuter rail workers. Fifty leaders of Venezuelan transit unions along with international participants from Brazil, United Kingdom, United States, and Mauritania took part in active discussions of transit worker health and safety issues and visited transportation workplaces throughout the Caracas area.
Dr. Lewis Pepper, of CBNS discussed of the on-going health problems of asbestos exposure and discussed the implications of a recent National Cancer Institute study of the use of Low-Dose CT scan in reducing lung cancer mortality in at-risk populations. Pepper summarized the results of CBNS's Early Lung Cancer Detection Project which has reported similar findings in former Department of Energy workers.
The conference participants enthusiastically endorsed supporting the 3rd Annual International Conference on Transit Workers Health which will be held in Brighton, United Kingdom in the summer of 2013 and will be hosted by National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers.