OSHA, National Center For Transgender Equality Form Alliance

All gender restroom sign. Posted by Heidi Schwartz

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has entered into an alliance with the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) to provide NCTE affiliates and others with information and resources to help foster safer and more healthful American workplaces.

“Through this alliance, we will jointly work with the NCTE to develop products and guidance materials to improve workplace safety and health for all workers,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels.

The alliance will provide opportunities for OSHA to speak, exhibit, or appear at conferences, local meetings, or other events sponsored by the NCTE or allied organizations. Additionally, the alliance will focus on sharing information on OSHA initiatives, workers’ rights and employer responsibilities, and other safety and health information. NCTE will also review, promote, and disseminate new guidance products. The alliance agreement will be for two years.

NCTE, founded in 2003, is a national social justice advocacy organization for transgender people. A report released by NCTE and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force found that 55% of transgender people surveyed lost a job due to bias. Twenty-two percent of workers in the National Transgender Discrimination Survey reported they were denied access to gender-appropriate restrooms on the job.

Through its Alliance Program, OSHA works with unions, consulates, trade and professional organizations, faith- and community-based organizations, businesses, and educational institutions to prevent workplace fatalities, injuries, and illnesses. The purpose of each alliance is to develop compliance assistance tools and resources, and to educate workers and employers about their rights and responsibilities. Alliance Program participants do not receive exemptions from OSHA inspections or any other enforcement benefits.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance.