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  • 27 Mar 2024

    Baltimore Bridge Collapse: Greater Protections Needed for Immigrant Workers

  • 10 Jan 2024

    COSHCON2023: Inspiration and Action for the New Year

    Labor journalist Kim Kelly, author of “Fight Like Hell: The Untold History of American Labor,” was a participant and panelist at the National Conference for Worker Safety and Health (COSHCON2023). Below, she shares her reflections and experience of the event. 

     

    In December, hundreds of workers, organizers, union members and public health experts converged on a conference center just outside of Baltimore to wrestle with some of the biggest issues facing the U.S. working class today. The 2023 National Conference on Worker Safety and Health (COSHCON2023) was held in person at the Maritime Conference Center in Linthicum Heights, MD after several years of convening in a virtual-only setting. One of my primary goals in attending the conference this year was to find out what the nation’s worker health and safety advocates were focused on, and what they saw as the biggest challenges facing workers right now.

  • 5 Sep 2023

    Working in Extreme Heat Is Dangerous. We Must Make It Safer

    Extreme heat is becoming more common across the U.S. The federal government and employers owe workers better safety measures

     

  • 29 Aug 2023

    We Need Stronger Safety Standards for Extreme Heat

    For decades, U.S. workers, unions, workers’ centers and allies have found innovative ways to challenge corporate power. The reality of rising temperatures is a new test.

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.