COSH Network in the News

  • Florida Phoenix

    DeSantis nixes local efforts to protect outdoor workers from FL’s brutal weather

    12 Apr 2024

    “It’s no surprise that Gov. DeSantis signed this cruel and terrible bill late at night; that’s what you do when you’re embarrassed about what you’re signing,” said Jessica E. Martinez, co-executive director of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (COSH), a labor-oriented organization.

  • Equipment World

    New OSHA Rule Allows Union Reps on Non-Union Jobsite Inspections

    11 Apr 2024

    “With a trusted worker representative onsite, safety inspections can more effectively capture the firsthand knowledge workers have about work processes and potential hazards,” says Jessica E. Martinez, co-executive director of National COSH. “A representative selected by workers can also bridge language barriers and reduce the fear of retaliation, which is often a major barrier in gathering accurate information about workplace conditions.”

  • Florida Phoenix

    Legislation in Florida would ban local workplace heat protections; Arizona just approved measures

    9 Apr 2024

    Katelyn Parady is a member of National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (COSH). She lives in Phoenix and was a leading advocate in getting the city council to pass their heat protection ordinance last month.

    “I have to say that the advocacy in Phoenix (Arizona) was energized and absolutely inspired by those workers who were working so fiercely for water, shade and rest there in Miami-Dade.” That’s a reference to Miami-Dade’s Board of County Commissioners, who attempted last fall to create a local ordinance for heat protections. But that didn’t happen.

  • Safety + Health Magazine

    Phoenix approves heat rules to protect outdoor workers

    8 Apr 2024

    “This ordinance is a critical first step toward getting workers lifesaving protections and holding employers accountable for safety during heat season,” Katelyn Parady, a Phoenix-based worker health and safety expert with the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, said in a press release.

  • Bloomberg Law

    New OSHA Rule Gives Hazy Guidance on Safety Inspection Tagalongs

    5 Apr 2024

    Worker advocate Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, co-executive director of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, cited a real example of third-party participation aiding OSHA.

  • Nation of Change

    Phoenix enacts landmark heat safety ordinance for outdoor workers amid rising temperatures

    3 Apr 2024

    Katelyn Parady, a Phoenix-based expert on worker health and safety with the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH), played a pivotal role in advocating for these new extreme heat protection measures alongside unions and local workers. Parady emphasized the ordinance’s importance, stating, “This ordinance is a critical first step toward getting workers lifesaving protections and holding employers accountable for safety during heat season. It’s also a model for how local governments can leverage their contracts to protect the workers who keep their communities running from climate change dangers.”


     

  • OHS Online

    National COSH Champions New OSHA Rule for Worker-Led Safety Inspections

    3 Apr 2024

    “The recent tragedy in Baltimore is a terrible reminder about the thousands of U.S. workers, each year, who go to work but never come home,” National COSH Co-Executive Director Jessica E. Martinez said in a statement. “Tens of thousands more die from long-term exposure to workplace hazards, and millions more become sick or injured. By giving workers a stronger voice in inspecting their workplaces and correcting preventable hazards, OSHA’s new walkaround rule can play an important role in reducing the risk of occupational illnesses, injuries and fatalities.”

  • Business Insurance

    Heat-related claims rise with climate change

    1 Apr 2024

    Employers should involve workers in heat illness prevention efforts, said Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, co-executive director of the Somerville, Massachusetts-based National Council for Occupational Safety and Health. She suggested that employers have a health and safety committee that includes workers to identify heat-related hazards.

  • EcoWatch

    Phoenix Passes Historic Ordinance Giving Outdoor Workers Protection From Extreme Heat

    1 Apr 2024

    “This heat safety ordinance will change my life,” said Filiberto Lares, who has been delivering food to airplanes for Sky Chefs at the Phoenix Sky Harbor airport for 11 years...

  • Claims Journal

    Phoenix Ordinance Adds Rules to Protect Workers from Extreme Heat

    2 Apr 2024

    “People who work outside and in hot indoor environments in Phoenix suffer unacceptably during our deadly summers, with too few protections,” said Katelyn Parady, a Phoenix-based worker health and safety expert with National COSH, who assisted local workers and unions in advocating for new protections from extreme heat.

  • Inc.

    Baltimore Bridge Collapse Highlights Latino Immigrants' Crucial, Yet Risky Role in the Job Force

    29 Mar 2024

    "It has been shown repeatedly that immigrants, particularly those who may not speak English and are most desperate to earn a living for their families, are often the most afraid to speak up, and therefore are most exploited and those who are exploited," says Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, co-executive director of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, a worker advocacy organization.

  • Daily Commercial News

    Ordinance in City of Phoenix protects workers from extreme heat

    28 Mar 2024

    “People who work outside and in hot indoor environments in Phoenix suffer unacceptably during our deadly summers, with too few protections,” said Katelyn Parady, a Phoenix-based worker health and safety expert with National COSH, who assisted local workers and unions in advocating for new protections from extreme heat. “This ordinance is a critical first step toward getting workers lifesaving protections and holding employers accountable for safety during heat season. It’s also a model for how local governments can leverage their contracts to protect the workers who keep their communities running from climate change dangers.”

  • Fox10 (AZ)

    Phoenix Sky Harbor to implement heat protections

    27 Mar 2024

    Katelyn Parady with National COSH interviewed in story about the new Phoenix heat ordinance.

  • Marketplace

    Baltimore bridge victims were immigrants in riskier, hard-to fill jobs

    27 Mar 2024

    These immigrant workers — some who may not have legal status — also have less agency to speak up about unsafe conditions, said Marcy Goldstein-Gelb with the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health.

    “They’re at the bottom of the ‘lowerarchy.’ And that means that they toil in the most dangerous jobs, work the longest hours and have the least ability to speak up in the face of exploitations,” she said.

  • The Guardian

    Phoenix passes landmark rule requiring heat protection for outdoor workers

    27 Mar 2024

    “It’s hard to even describe just how intense the heat is here,” said Katelyn Parady, a Phoenix-based representative of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health. “Workers talk about getting dizzy, throwing up, working themselves into a state of exhaustion, and there were no specific protections until now.”

  • The Grist

    As heat becomes a national threat, who will be protected?

    13 Mar 2024

    The bill was reintroduced to the Agriculture Committee this year. A workers’ advocacy group called WeCount spearheaded an effort to take up the issue on the county level as well. They helped push for an ordinance in Miami-Dade County that would fine employers in agriculture and construction who failed to provide water and shaded rest breaks in dangerous heat conditions. 

  • Public News Service

    MD Labor Dept. finalizing new heat stress standard for workers

    18 Mar 2024

    Darryl Alexander, adviser for the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, said the plan does not establish specifics for monitoring.

  • Osceola News Gazette

    Legislative session post-game begins

    15 Mar 2024

    Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, the Sierra Club, the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health and the Farmworker Association of Florida are among critics seeking a veto of a bill (HB 433) that would prevent local governments from putting requirements on contractors about wages and heat-exposure protections for workers.

  • Construction Dive

    Florida bill aims to ban local mandates for heat protection

    14 Mar 2024

    “In passing a heartless, unnecessary and shortsighted bill, elected officials are turning their backs on workers and disregarding the dangers of working outdoors in searing heat,” said Jessica E. Martinez, co-executive director of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, in a statement.

  • OHS Online

    Florida Legislature Faces Backlash for Banning Heat Safety Measures

    13 Mar 2024

    In a controversial move, the Florida Legislature has passed a bill that prohibits local jurisdictions from mandating employers to provide workers with heat safety measures, such as access to water, rest and shade. This decision has sparked outrage among safety advocates like the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH).