COSH Network in the News

  • People’s World

    After decade of defiance, OSHA plans to take over Arizona enforcement

    26 Apr 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.”

  • Augusta Free Press

    Occupational safety concerns ahead of Amazon Fulfillment Center opening

    7 Mar 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

    2 Mar 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.”

  • People’s World

    High Court corporate hacks toss worker safeguards against coronavirus

    14 Jan 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

    14 Jan 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

    5 Jan 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’ttake into  consideration the fact that many people who become infected don’tknow precisely when and where they became infected. It also assumes that people will be  wearing  masks after that shortened period.”

  • Common Dreams

    Unions Demand Covid-19 Safety Measures for Health Workers Be Made Permanent

    17 Dec 2021

    “Nurses in hospitals in a large swath of states are once again being overwhelmed by Covid-19 patients and it is critical that the vital protections instituted last June are not allowed to lapse,” “This is essential to protect frontline caregivers and to ensure that our hospitals do not become disease vectors.”

    Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, co-executive director of the  National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH)  said that “OSHA must act swiftly to extend lifesaving protections for health care workers and to create new Covid-19 safety rules for all workers.”

  • Courier Journal

    Inside frantic hours before candle factory was destroyed by tornado: ” It should have shut down”

    15 Dec 2021

    Jessica Martinez, co-executive director of the worker safety advocacy organization  National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, said the fact that workers were debating whether to leave and some based their decisions on whether to risk lost wages means there either wasn’ta preparedness plan or it wasn’tbeing followed.

  • Truthout

    Spokesman Callously Says It’s a Miracle “Only 8” Died in Candle Factory Collapse

    14 Dec 2021

    In a press release from the  National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (COSH), the organization said that investigations into both of these tragedies “must include questions about why workers were on the job during extreme weather conditions. “What kind of warning systems were in place? What processes do Amazon and Mayfield have in place for emergency preparedness and response?” asked  Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, a co-executive director of COSH.”

  • The Hill

    Business groups split over Biden vaccine-or-test mandate

    4 Nov 2021

    “Pushing these costs onto workers is wrong-headed and an unprecedented departure from all previous OSHA standards,” said  Jessica Martinez, co-executive director of the  National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, which advocates for better working conditions. “Employers, who have a responsibility to provide a safe workplace, have always been required to pay the costs of tests and screening for occupational illnesses and for personal protective equipment; this case should be no different,” she added.

  • Bloomberg Law

    Shot Rule Forcing Workers to Pay Testing Costs Irks Advocates

    4 Nov 2021

    The  National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, a leading workplace safety advocacy group, called that decision “wrong-headed,” noting that it represents a break with precedent for the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. “Employers, who have a responsibility to provide a safe workplace, have always been required to pay the costs of tests and screening for occupational illnesses and for personal protective equipment; this case should be no different,”  Jessica E. Martinez, co-executive director of National COSH, said in an emailed statement.