COSH Network in the News


    US Child Labour Protections Under Red Threat As Republicans Attempt Rollback

    12 Feb 2023

    According to The Guardian, similar concerns were also shared by Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, co-executive director of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health.

    “In the Iowa legislation, one of the provisions is to exempt employers from civil liability due to the company’s negligence. It is astounding that they would have the gall to knowingly acknowledge that more young people will be harmed, but focus on exempting businesses,” she said. 

  • Daily dot com

    ‘They don’t pay enough for this’: Chick-fil-A customer films worker taking drive-thru orders in a weather pod during snowstorm

    3 Feb 2023

    In an article for Vox, author Emily Guendelsberger describes her experience working in fast food, noting that various ‘innovations’ made to improve productivity have led to worker burnout and incredible stress.

    For example, Guendelsberger notes that a 2015 survey from the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health claims that “79 percent of industry workers had been burned on the job in the previous year — most more than once.”

    “My managers kept pushing me to work faster, and while trying to meet their demands, I slipped on a wet floor, catching my arm on a hot grill,” fast-food worker Brittney Berry said in a statement quoted in the article. “The managers told me to put mustard on it.”

  • HR Dive

    OSHA to issue special visas to immigrant workers during criminal investigations

    15 Feb 2023

    The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, a worker safety advocacy organization, said the new OSHA authority is “a step forward” for immigrant workers. 

    “Protecting workers who are witnesses to illegal workplace abuses not only means workers can be treated fairly, it also creates a level playing field for employers,” Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, co-executive director of National COSH, said in a news release. “Companies that provide a safe workplace, use above-board hiring and recruitment practices and pay workers what they are owed should not have to compete with those who break the law to gain an unfair advantage.”

  • AZ Central

    Lax oversight is hurting and killing Arizona workers. That must change

    18 Mar 2023

    Opinion: The federal government almost stepped in to enforce worker safety laws in Arizona. That's a wake-up call for state agencies.

    Josefina Ahumada, Alison Harrington and Katelyn Parady opinion contributors

    Josefina Ahumada is a community social worker and a founder and member of the Southside Worker Center, a work program for day laborers. Alison Harrington is pastor of Southside Presbyterian Church in Tucson, which runs the center. Katelyn Parady is a Phoenix-based worker health and safety professional with the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health. Reach them at , and .

  • Confined Space Blog

    Labor Shortages? How About More Child Labor?

    15 Feb 2023

    And Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, co-executive director of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, points out, not only are children working more, they’re getting injured more as well

    Young workers have much higher rates of non-fatal injuries on the job and the highest rates of injuries that require emergency department attention, Goldstein-Gelb noted. She argued that due to the vulnerability and inexperience of young workers, data on these workers is likely an undercount due to fears or barriers in being able to speak up and report dangerous situations or child labor law violations.

  • OHS Canada

    OSHA will soon be able to certify visa applications for victims of labour trafficking, safety violations in U.S.

    13 Feb 2023

    Safety leaders are applauding the new protections.

    “This is a step forward for immigrant workers in the U.S., including millions who are undocumented,” said Jessica E. Martinez, co-executive director of National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH). “These workers are essential to our economy and communities but are all too often victimized by unscrupulous employers. These same employers frequently threaten to use immigration status as a way to silence workers and prevent them from speaking up about abusive and illegal practices in their workplaces.”

    “When workers have a voice, they can join together to stop illegal conduct and exploitation by their employers,” said Martinez. “Millions of immigrants — including undocumented workers — in the U.S. grow, prepare and serve our food, build our homes, care for our children and perform many other vital functions. It’s absurd to claim these workers don’t ‘belong’ here. They are here, and they deserve the same dignity, respect and safety on the job as everyone else.”

  • The Guardian

    ‘It’s just crazy’: Republicans attack US child labor laws as violations rise

    11 Feb 2023

    The protections being sought for companies are of particular concern to labor activists.

    “In the Iowa legislation, one of the provisions is to exempt employers from civil liability due to the company’s negligence. It is astounding that they would have the gall to knowingly acknowledge that more young people will be harmed, but focus on exempting businesses,” said Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, co-executive director of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health.

    Goldstein-Gelb explained that throughout her career she has worked with families and co-workers of young workers who have died on the job, oftentimes in violation of child labor laws that industry groups have fought to repeal, such as in a case where a 16-year-old in Massachusetts was killed in 2000 while operating a golf cart on the job.

  • The Stand

    COSHCON builds a movement for workplace safety and health

    17 Jan 2023

    Melissa Moriarty, storytelling and communications strategist on the National COSH staff, reflected on this year’s gathering:

    “Workers know their jobs and know what is needed to stay safe. But employers and public officials don’t always listen to those who pay the price for preventable hazards in the workplace. At COSHCON, we create the space for workers and advocates to share ideas for creating positive change – and that includes strategies for making public what happens behind closed doors. We were delighted to have a superb media panel this year, hearing from top journalists who are telling important stories about sexual harassment, undocumented workers and the horribly high rate of injuries at Amazon.”

  • The Washington Post

    ‘We know what it’s like’: Workers in dangerous jobs empathize with NFL’s Hamlin

    6 Jan 2023

    “For vulnerable workers where retaliation is rampant and getting blacklisted is rampant, folks who get injured tend to either deal with it on their own or ignore it,” said Jessica Martinez, co-executive director at the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health.

  • Construction Dive

    Construction remains one of country’s deadliest industries

    21 Dec 2022

    The worker death rate across all industries was 3.6 per 100,000, the highest since 2016.

    Jessica Martinez, co-executive director for the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, released a statement calling the death rate for all industries “unacceptably high,” and advocating for reform.

    “We need an urgent wake-up call to our employers and our government,” Martinez said in the statement. “Listen to workers. Enforce our safety laws. Remove known hazards, and let’s work together to make sure every worker comes home safely at the end of every shift.”

  • Labor Notes

    'Above All, Don't Stay Quiet': Philly Immigrant Workers Organize to Change the Restaurant Industry

    18 Nov 2022

    El Comité committee is sponsored by the Coalition for Restaurant Health and Safety (CRSH) and 215 People’s Alliance. CRSH has been supported by PhilaPOSH, a labor and community-based organization with a long track record of advocating for safer workplaces. PhilaPOSH is an affiliate of my organization, the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH).

  • Occupational Health and Safety

    Dollar General Issued Proposed Penalties of Over $2.7M After Recent Inspections

    3 Nov 2022

    The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health listed Dollar General as one of the “dirty dozen” employers earlier this year.

    “Dollar General has shown a pattern of alarmingly willful disregard for federal safety standards, choosing to place profits over their employees’ safety and well-being,” said Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health Doug Parker in the November news release. 

  • Confined Space

    Workers tell OSHA: We want actions, not words

    6 Oct 2022

    “We know they don’t treat us right, it’s not safe most of the time,” said Eh Phaung, a forklift operator at a mattress factory near Albany, New York. She attended the Summit with National COSH affiliate NENYCOSH, and said she and her co-workers face hazards from long hours and repetitive carrying and heavy lifting.

    National COSH and allies in the movement for workplace justice worked together prior to the Summit and advocated strongly for an inclusive, accessible event to genuinely represent and uplift the voices of workers who face dangerous, life-threatening hazards every day on the job. Collaborating with our COSH Network of 26 local health and safety groups, we reached out to engage workers whose voices are overlooked: Low-wage workers, temp workers, immigrants and workers of color.

  • The Real News Network

    ‘Our Health And Safety Is Not A Priority Here’: Why Refresco Workers Unionized

    4 Oct 2022

    Through its WorkedUp initiative, which seeks to bring together worker organizations to support and amplify each other’s struggles, National COSH is running a petition on behalf of the factory workers as they continue negotiations with Refresco.

    “Companies like Refresco have big PR firms to do their dirty work for them, but what do workers have? That’s why, with the support of unions and worker centers from all over the country, National COSH created WorkedUp. It gives workers a place where they can document workplace injustices and tell the public how they’re overworked, underpaid, and underprotected,” said COSH’s Melissa Moriarty, a storytelling and communications strategist. 

  • Safety + Health

    Diversity, equity and inclusion: Panelists encourage employers to ‘get on the road’

    20 Sep 2022

    “When workers are sitting at the table, providing input into the program, that’s when you have a workforce that is engaged and has a buy-in into the safety program,” said Jessica Martinez, co-executive director of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health. “I could never sit down and say I know what the job of a construction worker is. When you ask them, ‘What are the issues at your worksite and how can we come to a solution?’ you have workers who are more engaged. They feel empowered to use their voice.”

  • Every Child Thrives W.K. Kellogg Foundation

    Putting the power of collective storytelling into action for worker’s safety

    5 Sep 2022

    What do a group of factory workers in New Jersey and domestic cleaners in Manhattan share with dairy and poultry workers all across rural America? They know their workplace stories have power, and they’re using WorkedUp, a collective storytelling campaign, to organize and make change happen.

    WorkedUp makes it easy for hardworking people to document what happens in the workplace via YouTube videos and written testimonials. The simple yet powerful resource was started by the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (COSH) — a W.K. Kellogg Foundation grantee — through its 26 local and state affiliates. 

  • CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

    Total Worker Health Exclusive

    2 Sep 2022

    In workplace settings, fatigue is commonly associated with nonstandard schedules, like night shift work and extended work hours, which can often disrupt or shorten sleep. High levels of fatigue can affect any worker in any occupation or industry with serious consequences for worker safety and health.

    The TWH approach emphasizes the fundamental role that high-quality work and healthy work design play in safer, healthier workers. This article features a discussion about the impact of overtime and long work hours with Marnie Dobson, PhD, Director of the Healthy Work Campaign, and Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, MS, Co-Executive Director of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health.

  • The Progressive Magazine

    This Labor Day, Support the Union Wave

    1 Sep 2022

    That’s just one of the preventable hazards faced by workers processing the meats we’ll be sizzling on our grills this weekend. Several of her co-workers, Marielena reports, “hurt themselves lifting because the floors were wet. There were chemicals; they have cuts and the velocity [of the line] is so fast [but] the supervisor comes and yells at us to move faster.”

    Marielena tells her story at WorkedUp, a new platform hosted by the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, where we are co-executive directors. WorkedUp highlights testimony from workers standing up for better work conditions. But she prefers not to use her real name due to the very real threat of employer retaliation. 

  • Phoenix Business Journal

    OSHA extends comment period on plan to revoke Arizona's workplace safety oversight

    15 Aug 2022

    Peter Dooley, a safety and health senior project coordinator for the National Council of Occupational Safety and Health, said the additional commenting period gives time to ensure OSHA makes the right decision.

    “Revoking a state plan would be an unprecedented action by OSHA,” Dooley said in a statement. “It makes sense for OSHA to take the time to review all the evidence and get this right, because having Arizona DOSH underperform lowers the bar for the rest of the country – and all workers are paying the price.”

  • HR Dive

    Citing weak enforcement, advocates pitch $100M OSHA funding increase

    13 Jul 2022

    More than a year since President Joe Biden took office, NCOSH has pushed for greater enforcement of workplace safety laws. In 2021, NCOSH leaders criticized OSHA for failing to keep workers safe during the pandemic. In its June letter, the organization also cited a “lack of consistent and aggressive enforcement of existing safety laws” that could prevent hazards such as falls and trench collapses.