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Rhode Island Committee on Occupational Safety and Health
741 Westminster St., Providence, RI 02903
Telephone: (401) 751-2015
The RI Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (RICOSH) is a non-profit resource center for occupational and environmental health and safety. Our primary focus is to prevent occupational and environmental disease and injury. RICOSH pursues this goal in three broad areas: training, technical assistance, and advocacy.
- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Providence office, the Institute for Labor studies and Research and the Rhode Island Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (RICOSH) established an official OSHA alliance to provide immigrant and young and teen workers information, guidance, and training on job safety and OSHA. Over two hundred and ninety workers received training in this project.
- The American Academy of Pediatrics has stated that reducing traffic pollution is the single most significant environmental strategy to improve childrenâ€™s respiratory health. RICOSH continues to work with the RI New Public Transit Alliance (NuPTA), an informal coalition of public health and environmental groups to strengthen the public transit system.
- RICOSH is engaged in a project with RI DEM and the University of Rhode Island (URI) to re-establish a Pollution Prevention Center. Pollution prevention aims to limit and reduce the toxic materialsâ€”and byproductsâ€”where they are used and manufactured as a byproduct during the production of goods and services.
- In conjunction with the Asthma Coalition and RI Department of Health RICOSH participates in the RI Healthy Housing Collaborative to mobilize individuals, agencies and institutions to address environmental health problems from asthma to lead to safe housing.