OSHA announced that is has entered into an alliance with the National Center for Transgender Equality. NCTE will work with OSHA to produce new guidance materials and ensure that members of the transgender community are safe and healthy at work. According to OSHA, 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 the new guidance products. The alliance agreement is set to last for two years. The NCTE’s link to OSHA’s mission lies primarily in the issue of discrimination. A report released by NCTE and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force found that 55 percent of transgender people surveyed lost a job due to bias and 22 percent reported that they were denied access to gender-appropriate restrooms on the job.
Read the full announcement from OSHA here.