COSH Network in the News

  • 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’t a preparedness plan or it wasn’t being 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.

  • 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.”