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May 2022

Food and Environmental Reporting Network (FERN), AG Insider Amazon, Starbucks make workers’ rights group’s ‘Dirty Dozen’ - May 1, 2022

Released in honor of Workers’ Memorial Week, National COSH’s “Dirty Dozen” report is an annual list of “egregious” employers, all of whom are accused of exposing their workers to preventable hazards. Companies are selected based on their prominence and the degree to which they allegedly endangered their employees. This year, nearly half of the companies on National COSH’s list are involved in farming or the food industry, and the report highlights serious labor violations throughout the supply chain.

  

April 2022

Pplware (Portugal) Amazon entra para a lista das empresas mais perigosas para se trabalhar - Apr 28, 2022

O grupo de advogados National COSH (Council for Occupational Safety and Health) adicionou a Amazon a uma lista destinada a envergonhar as empresas com piores práticas laborais e que são um perigo para os seus funcionários.

 

FoodService Director, Workplace regulators consider new safeguards against excessive heat - April 29, 2022

"While much attention is paid to outdoor workers, indoor workers are also at great risk of heat illness and death," says Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, co-executive director of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, a worker-safety advocacy group also known as National COSH. "Working in a hot kitchen, with hot equipment—stoves, dishwashers, pot, pans, plates—is a long-standing risk for restaurant workers.

 

Restaurant Business, Workplace regulators eye new safeguards against excessive heat - April 29, 2022

"While much attention is paid to outdoor workers, indoor workers are also at great risk of heat illness and death," says Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, co-executive director of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, a worker-safety advocacy group also known as National COSH. "Working in a hot kitchen, with hot equipment--stoves, dishwashers, pot, pans, plates--is a long-standing risk for restaurant workers.

 

Digital Information World, Amazon Makes Onto The Unsafe Working Places List For The Third Year In A Row - April 30, 2022

If you are unaware of the workings of COSH or more commonly known as Council for Occupational Safety and Health, then worry not, as they are a national advocacy group regulating and monitoring working conditions in numerous organizations. Their list Dirty Dozen now includes Amazon. While the massive package delivery platform has to say otherwise, the facts and figures prove that they deserve to be on the list, if not at the very top.

 

Law 360 Amazon, Starbucks Among 'Dirty Dozen' In Job Safety Report - Law360 - April 28, 2022

The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health named Starbucks, Amazon, Dollar General and nine other companies in the organization's "dirty dozen" report released Wednesday, which labels 12 businesses it says.

 

Occupational Health & Safety, National COSH Announces “Dirty Dozen” Employers -- Occupational Health & Safety - April 28, 2022

Yesterday, the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (COSH) announced this year’s “dirty dozen” employers, companies who have unsafe work practices.

According to National COSH, in 2020, more than 4,700 workers died because of workplace incidents. It estimates that more than 95,000 workers die every year from long-term exposure to hazards and toxins.

National COSH announced this during Workers’ Memorial Week, a week to remember those who lost their lives on the job, and one day before Workers’ Memorial Day.

 

Enlace Latino NC (Spanish) "Docena Sucia”, peores lugares de trabajo Escrito por EFE News - Apr 27, 2022

El Consejo Nacional de Seguridad y Salud Ocupacional (COSH Nacional) reveló este miércoles su informe “Docena Sucia”. En el informe enumeró a las 12 empresas que no lograron implementar leyes de seguridad laboral para proteger a sus empleados en 2021; un año marcado por la pandemia pero que también registró varios accidentes laborales.

Jessica E. Martínez, codirectora de COSH Nacional, dijo en conferencia de prensa hoy que esas empresas “exponen innecesariamente a los trabajadores a peligros prevenibles, lo que lleva a enfermedades, lesiones y muertes”.

 

Paris Beacon-News, 'Dirty dozen' of America's worst workplaces disclosed - April 27, 2022

The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) revealed this Wednesday its “Dirty Dozen” report, in which it listed the 12 companies that failed to implement workplace safety laws to protect their employees in 2021, a year marked by the pandemic but which also registered several work accidents.

 

 Jessica E. Martinez, co-director of National COSH, said at a press conference today that those companies “unnecessarily expose workers to preventable hazards, leading to illness, injury and death.”

 

Business Insurance, Watchdog group slams companies for alleged unsafe working conditions - Business Insurance - April 27, 2022

The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health on Wednesday released its annual report on employers nationwide whose alleged unsafe working conditions have led to deaths or serious injuries, with COVID-19 safety lapses now on its radar.

While the Occupational Safety and Health Administration identified 1,945 workplace deaths from COVID-19 in 2020 and 2021, National COSH said in its report that the number is likely higher, citing a rise in U.S. deaths since 2020.

 

Engadget, Amazon makes advocacy group's list of most dangerous US workplaces, again - April 27, 2022

Amazon has made a list for the most dangerous workplaces in the US for a third time. The advocacy group National COSH (Council for Occupational Safety and Health) has included Amazon in a "Dirty Dozen" list meant to shame what it sees as the least safe American workplaces of 2022.

National COSH noted that one of the workers who died was reportedly forced to work while ill as he didn't have enough unpaid time off. It also pointed to worker Jennifer Bates' concerns that the "pace of work" and overall strain contributed to injuries.

 

Yahoo.com, Amazon makes advocacy group's list of most dangerous US workplaces, again April 27, 2022

Amazon has made a list for the most dangerous workplaces in the US for a third time. The advocacy group National COSH (Council for Occupational Safety and Health) has included Amazon in a "Dirty Dozen" list meant to shame what it sees as the least safe American workplaces of 2022.

National COSH noted that one of the workers who died was reportedly forced to work while ill as he didn't have enough unpaid time off. It also pointed to worker Jennifer Bates' concerns that the "pace of work" and overall strain contributed to injuries.

 

 People's World, After decade of defiance, OSHA plans to take over Arizona enforcement - April 26, 2022

The announcement is already drawing cheers from the labor-backed National Council on Occupational Safety and Health and its Arizona affiliate, and, predictably, jeers from the right-wing Republicans on the House Education and Labor Committee, led by notoriously anti-union Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C. She called OSHA’s move “a power grab.”

 

March 2022

 Augusta Free Press, Occupational safety concerns ahead of Amazon Fulfillment Center opening March 7, 2022

Taking all of this into consideration it comes as no surprise that Amazon landed a spot on the ‘Dirty Dozen’ list of the most hazardous employees in the USA courtesy of the National Council on Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH).

 

Business Insurance, COVID-19 rules, pandemic fatigue raise workplace violence risk March 02, 2022

The “COVID-19 pandemic highlights the need for employers to take effective measures to reduce risk for workers,” Jessica Martinez, Los Angeles-based co-executive director of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health wrote in an email. “Every employer has a legal and moral responsibility to provide a safe workplace free from recognized hazards, which certainly includes the hazards of workplace violence.”

 

 

January 2022 

People's World, High Court corporate hacks toss worker safeguards against coronavirus January 14, 2022

In a brief to the court, the AFL-CIO and several unions argued strongly for the OSHA standard and for protecting the health care workers as well. The labor-backed National Council on Occupational Safety and Health had previously blasted the lower court ban on OSHA’s rule. The court majority upheld that ban.

“It’s shameful and outrageous to see anyone put politics ahead of public health,” National COSH co-Executive Director Marcy Goldstein-Gelb said then.

 

EHS Today, Everybody Has an Opinion: SCOTUS Shuts Down OSHA’s COVID-19 Mandate January 14, 2022

Jessica E. Martinez, co-executive director, National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH):

“At a time when the COVID-19 virus is spreading faster than ever, workers will pay the price—with their very lives—for this wrong-headed decision by the Supreme Court. A deeply flawed opinion ignores law and precedent that clearly states OSHA’s authority to protect workers from dangerous conditions. It’s good to know that workers in federally-funded health care facilities will still have protections from COVID-19, but we cannot leave other workers defenseless against a deadly virus. OSHA can and should still require employers to meet their legal and moral obligation to provide a workplace safe from known hazards, which certainly includes infectious diseases like COVID-19.”

 

Capitol Weekly, Confusion, disparities in COVID safety measures January 05, 2022

Marcy Goldstein-Gelb is co-executive director of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health. She casts doubt on the CDC’s scientific basis for shortened quarantine and isolation times. 

“The decision was based on early findings of Omicron,” Goldstein-Gelb said via email, “and doesn’t take into consideration the fact that many people who become infected don’t know precisely when and where they became infected. It also assumes that people will be wearing masks after that shortened period.”

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