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The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health is dedicated to promoting safe and healthy working conditions for all working people through organizing and advocacy. Our belief that almost all work-related deaths and serious injuries and illnesses are preventable motivates us to encourage workers to take action to protect their safety and health, promote protection from retaliation under job safety laws, and provide quality information and training about hazards on the job and workers’ rights.
If local and regional newspapers had their say in it, the USDA would rethink its proposed poultry rule, which would drastically increase the inspection line speeds at poultry factories and would replace government inspectors with company-appointed ones. In the past couple of weeks, the folly of the proposed rule has been opined about in editorial pages in newspapers from the most affected regions.
The hazards associated with grain bin storage and other “post-harvest” activities are well documented, and 2010 saw a record number of grain bin fatalities, with 26 workers perishing in these facilities.
When the American Association for the Advancement of Science comes out against a proposal called the “Sound Science Act,” it’s time to pay attention. But, you see, the “Sound Science Act,” tucked ever so quietly in the must-pass, House-approved Farm Bill, would essentially bring all pending regulatory actions to a grinding halt – all in the name of science. In short, it would choke public protections through “paralysis by analysis.”
Lessons Unlearned: Too Many Similarities Between West Virginia Chemical Spill and West, Texas, Disaster
Happy New Year, everyone! We hope you had a relaxing holiday season and are as geared up as we are for another great year of worker health and safety.First off, thank you to all of you who helped make the 2013 National Worker Safety and Health Conference such a wonderful event! We had approximately 300 attendees, hailing from COSH groups, labor unions, worker centers, advocacy groups, and academic institutions.