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Safety Experts tell OSHA: Fracking Exposes Workers to Dangerous Silica Dust

Tuesday, April 1 2014  

Washington DC- Hydraulic fracturing technology- also known as fracking- exposes workers to dangerous silica dust, a workplace safety expert said today during hearings on new standards before the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).


 

Mary Vogel, Worker Safety Advocate, Selected as New Executive Director of National Council for Occupational Safety and Health

Friday, March 28 2014

Raleigh, North Carolina — The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (NCOSH) announced today that Mary Vogel, a veteran advocate for worker safety and health, has been selected as the organization’s new executive director.


Hispanic Immigrant Workers to Testify at Safety Hearing

New Limits Needed on Workplace Dust, Say Those Who Breathe it Every Day

Thursday, March 27 2014

Washington DC-Hispanic immigrants from the construction and foundry industries who are directly affected by silica dust, a widespread industrial hazard, will testify today before an administrative law judge of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

American Public Health Association Supports Expanding Access to Earned Sick Days and Paid Family and Medical Leave

BOSTON (Nov. 6, 2013)- The Governing Council of the American Public Health Association (APHA) has approved a policy statement expressing APHA’s support for expanding U.S. workers’ access to earned sick days and paid medical and family leave.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Worker Safety Groups, Public Health Professionals Release Recommendations to OSHA Chief on Temporary Worker Safety  

Recommendations Address Ways to Protect America’s Most Vulnerable Workers

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Penalties for West, Texas, Explosion Show That Gambling With Workers’ Safety Is Unacceptable

Statement of Tom O” Connor, Executive Director, National Council for Occupational Safety and Health

Friday, August 23, 2013

Proposed Silica Rule Will Protect Thousands of Nation’s Most Vulnerable Workers

Decades in the Making, Today’s New Rule Is an Important Step Forward in Worker Safety

Friday, August 23, 2013

Many State-Run Agencies Are Not Adequately Protecting Workers

Annual Evaluation Shows Low Penalties, Insufficient Staffing Plaguing State OSHA Programs

Note: More state-specific observations are available  below the boilerplate.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Still Too Many Workers Died on the Job in 2012

Statement of Tom O” Connor, Executive Director, National Council for Occupational Safety and Health

 

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Obama’s Executive Order to Improve Chemical Safety Is Good First Step, But Further Action Needed

President Must to Enact Regulations, Increase OSHA Funding, To Adequately Protect Workers and Public

President Barack Obama’s executive order today calling for increased collaboration between government agencies to improve chemical safety for workers and the public must be applauded. But the president’s work is not done there, the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) said today.

Monday, July 29, 2013

National Workplace Safety Network Welcomes 5 New Associate Members

New Groups Will Help Train, Empower Workers Across the Country

 

The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health announced today the addition of five new Associate Members to its national network of Committees or Coalitions on Occupational Safety and Health (“COSH groups”).

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

After Spate of Fatal Chemical Plant Explosions, Legislation Needed to Tighten Safety and Security

Federal Legislation Should Require Companies to Consider Less Hazardous Substitutes, Strengthen Whistleblower Protections

Monday, June 10, 2013

Worker Safety Group Joins Global Boycott  of Hyatt Hotels

As Hyatt Shareholders Meet, Support of Hotel Housekeepers and Global Boycott Grow

As Hyatt hotel’s shareholders meet today outside of Chicago, the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) joins a global boycott of the hotel chain in response to widespread evidence of harmful working conditions for hotel housekeepers.

 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Worker Safety Group Calls for Comprehensive Immigration Reform to Protect Immigrant Workers

National COSH Outlines Platform to Ensure That Immigrant Workers Can Safely Speak Up About Working Conditions

Today, on May Day, the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) joins with workplace safety advocates across the country in calling for comprehensive immigration reform to improve health and safety for immigrant workers- and all workers alike.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

National Report Highlights Worker Fatalities, Need for Stronger Workplace Safety Measures

To Commemorate Workers’ Memorial Day, Workplace Safety Group Pushes for Reforms for Temporary, Immigrant, Energy Workers, Among Others

More than 4,600 workers were killed on the job in 2011- the latest year for which we have complete data- spanning many ages, industries, and causes of death, an analysis by the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) has found.

Monday, April 22, 2013

West Texas Explosion Shows Folly, Danger of State’s ” Business-Friendly” Posture

Though Gov. Rick Perry Calls Explosion a ” Nightmare,” Anti-Regulatory Environment He Touts Is To Blame

The tragic explosion at West Fertilizer Company last week that has killed at least 14 people and injured an additional 140-plus shows the dangers of the anti-regulatory environment that thrives in Texas, the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) said today.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Legislation to Protect America’s Workers Is Urgently Needed

National COSH Welcomes Reintroduction of Bill That Would Enable Regulators to Hold Accountable Negligent Employers

House Democrats’ reintroduction yesterday of the Protecting America’s Workers Act is a necessary and welcome step in ensuring that workers across the country are safe on the job, the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) said today.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Enforcement of Sensible Safeguards Could Have Prevented Explosion, Deaths at West Fertilizer Plant

Company Downplayed Risks; Plant Has Not Been Inspected by OSHA in Decades

Note: This press release has been updated with information about the company’s OSHA citations.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Sunday’s Explosion at Flour Mill Shows Need for Combustible Dust Safety Standard

Bartlett Milling Company Should Receive ” Repeat” and ” Willful” Violations in Wake of Explosion

RALEIGH, N.C.- An explosion over the weekend at Statesville, N.C.’s, Bartlett Milling Company is even more tragic because it appears to have been entirely preventable, the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health said today.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Priority on Profits to Blame for Texas’ High On-the-Job Fatality Rate

Gov. Rick Perry Incorrectly Blames Nature of Energy Industry for Number of Texas Workers Killed at Work  

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Workers Can’tAfford to Wait for Silica Standard to Be Released From Bureaucratic Logjam

After Two Years of Delay at White House, Federal Standard Must Be Enacted

Washington, D.C.- In the two years that a proposed rule to protect workers from exposure to dangerous levels of silica dust on the job has been held up by the White House, more than 100 workers have died and thousands have been sickened by preventable exposure to silica dust, the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health said today.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Labor Group Wins National Recognition for Efforts to Improve Workplace Health and Safety

 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Retailers Should Prevent Worker Injuries During  Black Friday Shopping Craze

Employers Should Properly Train Employees, Have Safety Procedures In Place  

Nov. 20, 2012 (WASHINGTON, D.C.)- As retailers and holiday bargain shoppers gear up for Black Friday- which is getting earlier and earlier every year- employers must ensure that their employees are safe throughout the day and the holiday season.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Latest Oil Rig Disaster Should Be Wake-Up Call for Industry

Statement of Tom O” Connor, Executive Director, National Council for Occupational Safety and Health  

One day after BP settled with the federal government for $4.5 billion after the Deepwater Horizon disaster, an oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. At this time, two workers have been killed, four are in the hospital and two are still missing.

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