Kevin Riley

Kevin Riley is the Director of Research and Evaluation at LOSH. He has over a decade of experience conducting worker- and community-engaged research. He leads LOSH efforts to investigate job hazards among workers in various industries and sectors, with the goal of informing public policy and improving workplace H&S programs.

In 2015, he authored a report on the injury experiences of workers in the low-wage labor market and the barriers they face in accessing workers’ compensation, based on analysis of data from a groundbreaking survey of low-wage workers in Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago. In addition, he has conducted research among long-haul truck drivers, live-in domestic workers, day laborers, airport workers, and garment workers, as well as patients in community-clinic settings.

Dr. Riley also coordinates LOSH evaluation activities, documenting the impacts of its worker safety and health training programs. Targeted evaluation initiatives have included assessment of worker training to support Cal/OSHA’s outdoor heat illness prevention standard and examination of managers’ perceptions of the value and impact of hazmat-related safety training.

Dr. Riley serves as Associate Director of the Western Region Universities Consortium, a partnership of four university-based hazmat training programs funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Worker Training Program. In this role, he provides direction and oversight to consortium programs based in Southern California and throughout EPA Regions IX and X.

Prior to joining LOSH, Dr. Riley served as Co-Founder and Public Health Coordinator of the UCLA Mobile Clinic Project, where he conducted extensive program planning and evaluation, as well as training sessions for new clinic students and staff. He received his PhD in Sociology from UCLA and his MPH from the UCLA School of Public Health. He is an active member of the Occupational Health Section of the American Public Health Association.

Selected Publications:

Kevin Riley, Jennifer Nazareno, and Sterling Malish. 24-Hour Care: Work and Sleep Conditions among Migrant Filipino Live-in Caregivers in Los Angeles. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 59(12), 1120-1129, 2016.

Kevin Riley and Doug Morier. Patterns of Work-Related Injury and Common Injury Experiences of Workers in the Low-Wage Labor Market. Report to the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation, California Department of Industrial Relations. Los Angeles: UCLA Labor Occupational Safety and Health Program. 2015. (

Kevin Riley, Carol Rice, Mitchel Rosen, Craig Slatin, Linda Alerding, Jane Fleishman, B. Louise Weidner, and Linda Delp. Managers’ Perceptions of the Value and Impact of HAZWOPER Worker Health and Safety Training. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 58(7): 780-787, 2015.

Linda Delp and Kevin Riley. Worker engagement in the health and safety regulatory arena under changing models of worker representation. Labor Studies Journal, 40(1): 54-83, 2015.

 Kevin Riley. Driving on speed: Long-haul truck drivers and amphetamines in the postwar period. Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas, 11(4): 63-90, 2014.

Linda Delp, Kevin Riley, Sarah Jacobs, Diane Bush, Kathy Kirkland, Ingrid Denis, Matt London, and Robert Harrison. Shaping the future: Ten years of the Occupational Health Internship Program. New Solutions, 23(2) 253-281, 2013.

Kevin Riley. Health and safety. Entry for SAGE Sociology of Work Encyclopedia, Vicki Smith and J. Geoffrey Golson (eds.), 2013.

Kevin Riley, Linda Delp, Deogracia Cornelio, and Sarah Jacobs. From agricultural fields to urban asphalt: The role of worker education to promote California’s Heat Illness Prevention Standard. New Solutions, 22(3) 297-323, 2012. (

Paul Landsbergis, Joseph Grzywacz, Anthony LaMontagne, Carles Muntaner, Joan Benach, Jane Lipscomb, Jeffrey Johnson, Peter Schnall, Kevin Riley, Ellen Rosskam, and Jennifer Zelnick. Work Organization, Job Insecurity, and Occupational Health Disparities. Issue Paper for Discussion at the Eliminating Health and Safety Disparities at Work Conference, Chicago, Illinois, September 14 and 15, 2011. (

Kevin Riley and Lauren Appelbaum. OSHA at 40: Looking Back, Looking Ahead. UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, Research & Policy Brief No. 8, April 2011. (