Protecting America’s Workers Act
Rep. Lynn Woolsey and 15 co-sponsors have re-introduced the Protecting America’s Workers Act (HR 2067.) The bill would strengthen the Occupational Safety and Health Act by creating stiffer penalties for serious violations, expanding protections for whistleblowers, extending coverage to public employees, and creating new rights for family members to participate in the OSHA investigation process. See more here.
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Who We Are
The “National COSH” is the nation’s leading advocates for workers’ health and safety. We are a network of 21 local and statewide coalitions (“COSH”es) made up of unions, health and technical professionals, and individuals concerned about workers’ rights to safety and health.
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What You’ll Find on this Site
This site is geared towards providing practical tools for workers, trainers, and OSH activists. We aren’t trying to create a comprehensive library of technical health and safety materials on this site, since other sites perform that function well. (See Links to Larger Collections for some suggestions.)
Following the tabs at the top of each page, you will find:
- Detailed information about the COSH Network
- Contacts for local COSH Groups
- Our Current Campaigns
- Our Resources including information about workers’ rights under OSHA in a variety of languages, tools for trainers, OSH Facts and Data, workers’ compensation, and other materials.
- Spanish language materials
- Our OSH Forum where you can submit your comments about OSH issues.
Our Policy Agenda
The National COSH and the Occupational Safety and Health section of the American Public Health Association have developed an agenda for federal action in 2009 to protect workers’ health and safety. The key points of the platform include:
- Put worker health and safety first by making the Protecting Workers on the Job agenda a top priority of the President and Congress.
- Ensure health and safety protection of all workers through tough enforcement of existing regulations, new worker protections, and research.
- Count all occupational injuries and illnesses and increase funding for Federal and State-based public health tracking programs.
- Increase worker participation in workplace safety and health programs and protect workers from retaliation.
- Eliminate disparities in the high rates of deaths, injuries and illnesses among all workers.
- Reform workers’ compensation programs to ensure appropriate and equitable remedies for the costs of occupational injuries and illnesses for all workers.
- Reduce or eliminate widespread use of toxic chemicals to protect workers on the job and to safeguard the communities in which we all work and live.
The platform has been endorsed by over 100 organizations representing a wide range of constituencies including unions, environmental groups, community, and immigrant organizations. To see a full list of endorsers, click here.
To view the full platform, click here.
To view the Spanish version, click here.