My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety & Health, Inc., Dorchester, MA, USA
MassCOSH has been the leading voice for worker occupational health and safety in Massachusetts for many years. As the chief advocate for prevention of injuries, MassCOSH convinced the State to allocate DIA funds for worker training programs. As a partner in The New England Consortium, MassCOSH has worked with UMass Lowell and COSH groups in several other states to advance worker knowledge about health and safety hazards. MassCOSH has provided a vehicle for public health professionals to meet with and learn about workplace hazards in the state -- and to help to alleviate bad conditions in the workplaces. When I served as chair of the Massachusetts Teachers Association's Environmental Health and Safety Committee, MassCOSH was very helpful in looking at school environment issues and the leadership that the organization plays in the Health Schools Network is very important in the Commonwealth. I have also seen the excellent work that MassCOSH has done for and with immigrant workers, as I served for a while on an advisory committee for the group. I have been very impressed with MassCOSH's commitment to worker health and its day-to-day engagement with its efforts in training, advocacy and policy development.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
As (former) Chair of the MTA EH&S Committee, I saw MassCOSH's successful work on green cleaners. MassCOSH was also an important advocate for clean air/asthma prevention programs.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
MassCOSH is limited in what it can do because of scarce financial resources. The organization has wide reach and needs more support to accomplish its objectives.