Health and Safety in the Workplace

Know Your Rights under OSHA Trainings

 The Workers’ Center of Central New York is currently providing trainings on Know Your Rights under OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) to immigrants, refugees and vulnerable workers.  The trainings cover:

  • The importance of OSHA rights to workers
  • The rights under OSHA
  • Employer responsibilities under OSHA
  • OSHA Standards
  • How to file a complaint with OSHA
  • How OSHA inspections are conducted
  • Safety and Health resources.

Occupational disease is the fourth leading cause of death in New York State. Every day, 16 workers in the United States die as a result of a work accident, 1,500 workers die as a result of an occupational disease they developed at work (exposure to asbestos, chemicals, solvents, dust, metals and radiation sometimes many years earlier) and thousands more suffer disabling injuries, often as a result of heavy work, unsafe conditions or difficult or repetitive tasks like typing or assembly work. Most of these deaths and injuries are preventable and many result from workplace hazards that violate the law.

This program is funded by the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the Midstate Education and Service Foundation and Interfaith Workers Justice.

If you are concerned about your working conditions or suspect your workplace is making you sick or is hazardous to your health, please give as a call to discuss your situation. We work in partnership with the Occupational Health Clinical Center of Syracuse, the only clinic in the region which is publicly funded and specializes in workplace health related illnesses. Among their many services are:

  • Medical Services including medical and occupational history; physical exam and diagnostic testing, referral, and social work services
  • Prevention of Occupational Illness and Disease, including screening and monitoring; education in workplace hazard recognition; ergonomic and workplace safety assessment; data collection; public policy advocacy
  • Worker/patient empowerment, including risk mapping, workers’ rights to health and safety at the workplace; navigating the Workers’ Compensation system; support groups and popular education related to the impact of worker health on public health.

For information call the WCCNY at (315) 218-5708 or send an email to