COSH Network in the News

  • Every Child Thrives

    Reflecting on Labor Day and the state of low-wage workers

    12 Sep 2023

    For children to thrive, their parents need access to living wages, safe working conditions and predictable schedules. Three W.K. Kellogg Foundation grantees organizing around these issues are the National Council for Occupational Health and Safety (National COSH), Jobs With Justice, and National Black Worker Centers.

  • Phoenix News Times

    Sky Harbor workers complain of hellish conditions, low wages

    14 Sep 2023

    Katelyn Parady from the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health was among the people who spoke on Sept. 6 as Sky Harbor workers announced a complaint they filed with Arizona’s safety watchdog.

  • New Hampshire Public Radio

    New England workers face extra hazards from heat and few specific workplace protections

    7 Sep 2023

    The National Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health has a list of worker-demanded heat protections, including access to cool-down areas below 82 degrees.

  • AFGE Newsletter

    AFGE Urges Locals to Monitor Temperature, File Heat Hazard Complaint if Necessary

    5 Sep 2023

    The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) is leading a campaign to push OSHA to quickly develop a heat standard.

  • In These Times

    Will the Clean Energy Auto Economy Be Built on Factory Floors Riddled With Toxic Chemicals and Safety Hazards?

    30 Aug 2023

    “In a just transition to production of climate-friendly modes of transportation, the best practices for ensuring worker health and safety should be enshrined as a matter of standard corporate (and public) practice in union contracts,” Michael Felsen, who worked as an attorney at the U.S. Department of Labor for nearly four decades and now serves as an advisor for the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, tells In These Times. ​“We urgently need a rapid transition to safe energy alternatives, but we cannot allow worker health and safety to be sacrificed in the process.”

  • Yahoo! News

    Did the ” Great Resignation” Spawn ” Hot Labor Summer” ?

    25 Aug 2023

    “This Labor Day, we think it’s essential to focus on what’s needed to make all jobs safe and secure,” Jessica E. Martinez, co-executive director of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (COSH), said. The federation includes 26 grassroots worker groups and a broad community of unions, workers’ centers, health and safety professionals, academic specialists and non-profit advocates, and promotes training and support for worker organizing and advocacy.

  • MedPage Today

    Laboring in 90 Degrees, Indoors: Workers Push for Action on Heat-Related Illness

    10 Aug 2023

    But OSHA really isn’t working fast enough, said Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, co-executive director of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, at the press conference. “The OSHA normal standard-making process is extremely lengthy,” she said. “These rules can take 7 years, and that’s too long, because how many workers will die in the meantime?”

  • Business Insurance

    Responses mixed to federal heat safety measures

    9 Aug 2023

    “It’s important … that the president recognizes there’s an urgent issue,” said Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, co-executive director of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health. “In some ways there’s a risk of this announcement creating some confusion about what’s needed. What’s really needed is a standard, and fast.”

  • EHS Today

    Safety Group Says Government Heat Protection Efforts for Workers Isn’t Enough

    1 Aug 2023

    On  July 28, leaders of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) said that modest steps announced by the White House to protect workers from extreme heat are insufficient.

    “Tragically, workers are getting sick and dying every day from the extreme heat driven by climate change,” said Jessica E. Martinez, co-executive director of National COSH, in a blog post on the organization’s website. “This is no time for modest steps. The President, Congress, federal OSHA and state and local officials must take bold action now, to reduce risk and save lives.”

  • HR Dive

    Biden taking steps to protect workers from extreme heat

    28 Jul 2023

    Advocacy groups, like the National Council of Occupational Safety and Health, have called for a national standard protecting workers from climate change’s effects, including smoke, heat stress and severe weather events, like wildfires— as the country continues to deal with extreme heat and air pollution from wildfires in Canada and the western U.S.

  • Bay Today

    White House escalates extreme-heat efforts as record July marks ‘global boiling’ era

    28 Jul 2023

    Not good enough, the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health complained Friday.  

    “Workers are getting sick and dying every day from the extreme heat driven by climate change,” said co-executive director Jessica Martinez.  

    The group called on Biden to order an emergency temporary standard to better protect workers from heat stress, establish a more stringent permanent threshold for protections and urge states to impose their own rules.  

    “This is no time for modest steps.”

  • KQED

    Lawmakers Push for National Heat-Related Worker Protections Amid Scorching Temperatures

    28 Jul 2023

    All employers nationwide are already required to take steps to protect workers from any known hazards on the job. But issuing heat-specific regulations would clearly outline employers’ responsibilities, said Jessica Martinez, co-executive director of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, which advocates for safer workplaces.

  • Big Arizona Media

    Tips for Arizona workers on staying safe in the extreme heat

    24 Jul 2023

    “Federal law is crystal clear,” said Katelyn Parady, a Phoenix-based worker health and safety professional with National COSH. “Employers are required to provide a workplace free from recognized hazards- and that definitely includes the very dangerous hazards created by current record-breaking temperatures here in Arizona.”

  • People’s World

    Republicans hate workers, schools, children, teachers and people of color

    20 Jul 2023

    The Republican money bill also reduced OSHA by more than $100 million, drawing criticism from Jessica Martinez, co-executive director of the National Council on Occupational Safety and Health. Martinez called the cuts “dangerous to workplace safety…heartless and ill-advised.”

  • Stateline

    Workers lack protections when wildfire smoke makes the air dangerous

    18 Jul 2023

    Like all worker protections, these rules aren’tfoolproof: Both labor and business groups have criticized aspects of their implementation. Neither California nor Oregon requires employers to offer more paid breaks on smoky days, a provision unions had requested, said Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, the co-executive director of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, which advocates for workers’ rights.

  • Jacobin

    Workers Are Organizing to Demand Protection Against Extreme Heat and Wildfire Smoke

    16 Jul 2023

    The deadly combination of rising temperatures and wildfire smoke has to be understood as “climate injustice,” says Nancy Lessin, an advisor with National COSH. “This is yet another reason why the labor movement and the climate justice movement need to come together stronger than ever, to look to the future for the kind of prevention needed.”

  • Labor Notes

    In Heat and Smoke, Workers Fight Negligent Bosses

    12 Jul 2023

    But “workers don’tjust need respirators,” said Peter Dooley of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (COSH). “The idea that outside workers are going to be wearing respirators all day is just not realistic.”

  • Money Talks News

    12 Companies Putting Workers at Risk

    27 Jun 2023

    But reasonable precautions are expected — for instance, not having children as workers or making people work around human waste. Those are two of the issues called out in the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health” s latest annual list of “dirty dozen” employers.

  • Workday Magazine

    Amazon Says a Worker’s Death Was Not Work-Related. But a 911 Call Appears to Contradict the Company’s Narrative.

    26 Jun 2023

    Meanwhile, the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health placed Amazon on its 2023 “Dirty Dozen” list of unsafe employers.

  • Documented

    Swissport LaGuardia Airport Workers Announce Strike

    22 Jun 2023

    Across the country, Swissport workers have been sounding the alarm about the myriad of health and safety issues they say they have been forced to endure. This past April, the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health listed Swissport as one of its Dirty Dozen unsafe employers in the country.