Letter to OSHA
COSH Groups Support Petition for
Workplace Violence Standard
In solidarity with labor unions representing millions of American workers, National COSH and local COSH organizationssent a letter to Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and OSHA chief Dr. David Michaels, endorsing petitions that call for a comprehensive federal standard to prevent workplace violence in the health care and social assistance sectors. National COSH's letter stressed that "workplace violence must be addressed anywhere and everywhere it occurs." Protection from workplace violence is a right for all workers.
COSHCON16 will be 100% bilingual
Now, for the first time, the National Conference on Worker Safety and Health will be 100% bilingual, with live English-to-Spanish and Spanish-to-English translation via headset for all plenaries, panels, and workshops. Register for the conference today, and get an Early Bird $50 discount.
Save The Date
Webinar on Flavoring Chemicals
National COSH presents a free webinar on chemical hazards in the food industry, October 13 at 12 noon ET. Attorneys Scott Hall and Anne Kearse of Motley Rice will discuss how workers who make coffee, candy, microwave popcorn and other products can be exposed to diacetyl and other chemicals linked to dangerous lung diseases. Learn the risks and how workers can protect themselves on the job.
In the News
More Must Be Done to Protect Workers
National COSH's Peter Dooley and George Washington University's Celeste Monforton wrote in the Detroit Free Press: "Based on decades of post-mortem investigations, we know that workers die because safety systems are not in place â€” and because of production pressure, inadequate staffing, reliance on faulty equipment, deferred maintenance and ineffective training." Read their whole article here.
Are you looking for opportunities to work for dynamic organizations that fight for workers' rights? Check out the National COSH jobs board, with current openings with NYCOSH, MassCOSH, NJWEC, Equality State Policy Center NELP... and with us!
Local COSH Round-up
New York: Thanks to the activism of NYCOSH and a coalition of workers' groups, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order requiring life-saving ventilation in the state's nail salons.
There was some justice for construction worker Carlos Moncayo, as a Manhattan judge ordered Harco Construction -- the firm responsible for his death -- to fund a health and safety PSA campaign. But,as NYCOSH points out, the sentence did not go far enough.
New Jersey: Debra Coyle McFadden (NJWEC) and John Shinn (USW) ask in the New Jersey Star-Ledger: "As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency prepares to issue a final rule to prevent chemical disasters... will it apply the lessons learned in New Jersey?"