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What is the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health?

The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) is a federation of local and statewide "COSH" groups--Committees/Coalitions on Occupational Safety and Health. COSH groups are private, non-profit coalitions of labor unions, health and technical professionals, and others interested in promoting and advocating for worker health and safety. 

The first COSH group was founded in 1972. For a full listing of COSH groups long with links to their websites or to get further information about the groups on this site, click here. For a PowerPoint presentation about the National COSH Network and our mission, click here.

 If you don't see a COSH group in your area and you think you might want to start one, click here.

 The National COSH was formed to provide coordination among the COSH groups of national advocacy campaigns, sharing of educational and training materials and resources, and sharing strategies for improving workplace health and safety conditions.

The National COSH is led by an elected Board of Directors, whose members come from within member organizations. To see a list of current Board members, click here.

For media inquiries, contact: Roger Kerson at (734) 645-0535 or roger@rkcommunications.net.

What We Do

COSH organizations around the U.S. are committed to promoting worker health and safety through training, education, and advocacy. Some of the activities that COSHes are involved in include:

  • Training workers on a wide range of health and safety issues, such as safe handling of hazardous materials, prevention of repetitive strain injuries, construction safety, and many other topics. Some groups can provide training in Spanish or in other languages. To see more detail about some of the training programs that COSH groups offer, click here. To contact a group in your area, click here.
  • Working with unions to integrate health and safety activism into organizing campaigns.
  • Advocating for better enforcement of existing health and safety laws and fighting for new protections for workers.
  • Promoting a national agenda to improve immigrant worker safety and health.
  • Advocating for just compensation for injured workers.
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