Protecting Workers on the Job: Seven Priorities for Federal Action in 2009

Source: Robert Harrison, Celeste Monforton, Tom O’Connor, Tolle Graham, American Public Health Association, 2009

From the press release:
Advocates for worker health and safety today released recommendations for reversing the erosion of protections for the nation’s workers. Citing lagging federal enforcement of existing standards and inaction on passing tougher new standards, the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) Occupational Health and Safety Section and the National Council on Occupational Safety and Health called for immediate action to minimize work-related injuries and illnesses that can cause serious health problems.

The recommendations include:
· increasing worker rights to safety and health protections, including covering all workers by comprehensive, worksite-specific injury and illness prevention programs;
· extending Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) coverage to all employees and addressing unregulated hazards; and
· strengthening OSHA’s penalty structure to ensure effective deterrence.

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