New Hampshire COSH – Protecting and Supporting Workers since 1989
New Hampshire Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (NH COSH) was established in 1989 by a group of health and safety activists from the labor, academic, political, medical, and legal communities. NH COSH has been a 501(c)(3) non-profit since 1990. We work with the National COSH Network to advocate for stronger worker health and safety laws for all workers.
- In 1992, NH COSH became part of The New England Consortium, TNEC – centered in the Work Environment Program of the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. Under a NIEHS Superfund HazWoper Grant workers would be trained in emergency response and hazardous waste cleanup.
- In the mid-nineties NH COSH joined the other New England COSH groups to develop ergonomic trainings and presentations under a grant received by MassCOSH.
- In the mid-nineties NH COSH worked closely with the NH AFL-CIO advocating for workers rights when the NH Department of Labor introduced the Joint/Loss Management Committees under the Workers Compensation Law. NH COSH produced the first worker friendly booklet to explain the new requirement to labor.
- In 1995, NH COSH was awarded a US EPA grant to introduce our newly developed Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Action Kit to help schools do an investigation of their indoor air quality issues.
- In the late nineties, NH COSH partnered with the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health Network to update and redo factsheets for the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). NH COSH developed and updated workers labor law information into fact sheets, which are still being used in training presentations across the US.
- In 2003-2004 NH COSH helped the immigrant workers affected by the JAC PAC [a Manchester, NH meatpacking plant] shut down. We partnered with many organizations at that time to provide help for the laid off employees.
- NH COSH currently works closely with the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health Network to train vulnerable and at-risk workers about the laws and agencies protecting worker rights regarding safe work places.
- NH COSH has been providing young, low-wage and immigrant workers training on worker protections such as workers' compensation, unemployment insurance and overtime as well as basic job safety through many of the New Hampshire Adult Basic Education Centers in partnership with the NH Department of Education’s Adult Education Bureau.
- NH COSH’s continuing goal is to provide the workers of New Hampshire with the best information, education, and advocacy to help them maintain a healthy and safe work environment.