Workplace Fatalities Webinar, January 14

Don't miss our Workplace Fatalities Webinar, Thursday, January 14 at 2pm ET/11am PT. Join us to review the consequences and lessons learned from workplace fatalities; discuss how to use the U.S. Fatality Database for organizing and research; and share toolkits and resources to prepare for Workers' Memorial Week in April. Presenters include Jim Howe of Safety Solutions, Bethany Boggess of the Workers Defense Project, Peter Dooley of National COSH, and local COSH organizers.

For instructions on joining the webinar, please click here.

2015 in Review

2015 was a busy year at National COSH, working with allies to stand up for safe and healthy workplaces. Please check out our brief slide show, which captures some of the highlights of our work over the last year.


Victory on Silica Rule!

After a 40-year struggle, OSHA is poised to introduce a new standard on worker exposure to silica dust. The final rule -- which will save up to 700 lives a year -- was sent to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on December 21; OMB must act on the rule within 90 days.

Advocates overcame a last-ditch effort by industry groups to derail the new rule; intense advocacy by COSH groups, unions, and allies convinced Congress to reject a "poison pill" rider in the federal budget that would have indefinitely delayed the historic new standard. You can read National COSH's statement on the victory here.

News of Note

Here's a couple recent must-read headlines: Michael Grabell of Pro Publica goes behind the scenes at a glitzy Las Vegas workers' comp conference... and finds an entire industry devoted to making sure that injured workers do not receive fair compensation.

Meanwhile, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Raquel Rutledge reports on diacetyl -- an unregulated chemical that is destroying the lungs of workers in both the vaping and coffee roasting industries.

Save the Date, December 6-9

The National COSH Conference on Worker Safety and Health will be held December 6-9 at the Maritime Institute in Baltimore. We'll soon be circulating a call for workshops, so it is not too soon to start thinking about your next great health and safety presentation. We look forward to seeing you there!

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