Equality State Policy Center joins NCOSH

National partner will help job safety efforts

WYCOSH launched as separate project by ESPC

National Council for Occupational Safety and Health works across U.S.

From a July 29, 2013 news release issued by the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health announced today the addition of five new Associate Members to its national network of Committees or Coalitions on Occupational Safety and Health (“COSH groups”). These new groups, located across the country, will add to the COSH Network’s ability to train and empower workers on their rights at work. The new associate members are: WYCOSH, South Florida COSH, the Central New York Occupational Health Clinic, the Houston Area COSH, and the Knox Area Worker Memorial Day Committee. Associate members are newly forming coalitions working together to educate and advocate for worker health and safety. “With the addition of these five new groups to our network – and hopefully more coming soon – advocates are demonstrating a growth of activism around worker health and safety, and are demanding safe workplaces as a human right,” said Tom O’Connor, executive director of National COSH. “We welcome our new associate members and look forward to working with them to improve conditions in workplaces throughout the nation.” The Wyoming Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (WYCOSH) will operate as a special project of the Equality State Policy Center. The ESPC’s WYCOSH project will collaborate with the Wyoming State AFL-CIO, the Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association, and SAFER, the Spence Association for Employee Rights. The project aims to reduce Wyoming’s deplorable job fatality rate.WYCOSH. WYCOSH and its collaborators will continue to stage an annual Workers’ Memorial Day commemoration to keep the issue of job-related deaths in front of public policy-makers. WYCOSH also is working with immigrant communities to be sure they know their rights on the job, including their right to a safe workplace. “People should not be killed or maimed on the job,” said Dan Neal, head of the Equality State Policy Center. “We’re excited to join the COSH network because its experts can help us promote policies that will help make sure Wyoming people return home from work safe and whole.” Read the full news release here. For more information about the associate members and all state and local COSH groups, visit: http://www.coshnetwork.org/COSHGroupsList. ### The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health is a federation of local and statewide organizations; a private, non-profit coalition of labor unions, health and technical professionals, and others interested in promoting and advocating for worker health and safety. To learn more about the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, visit: http://www.coshnetwork.org.

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