NYCOSH Commemorates 16th Anniversary of 9/11 with a Call for Responders to Sign Up for the World Trade Center Health Program

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NYCOSH Commemorates 16th Anniversary of 9/11 with a Call for Responders to Sign Up for the World Trade Center Health Program

NEW YORK, NY – On the 16th anniversary of 9/11, the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) is focused on enrolling as many responders as possible. Over the last year, NYCOSH staff has provided World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program outreach and education services and enrollment assistance to 9/11 responders who fall in the following categories: workers employed by New York City and New York State, communication workers, building and construction trade workers, and union veterans. NYCOSH has provided critical technical assistance to many workers in these populations who need assistance in applying for the numerous programs related to 9/11. This outreach and education effort is funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

“Sixteen years after the disaster, this work remains important to workers who responded to 9/11 since thousands who were involved in the rescue, recovery, and cleanup operations have yet to enroll in the WTC Health Program,” said Lee Clarke, NYCOSH Board Chair. Less than 20% of the 400,000 responders and area workers and residents estimated to have been exposed to the many WTC-derived contaminants are enrolled in health program established and maintained by the Zadroga Act.

Those involved in outreach and education efforts including NYC community organizations, unions, occupational clinics, are focused on the long term recovery and resiliency of responders and survivors. This population suffered severe exposure to numerous WTC-derived contaminants and medical monitoring and treatment will continue to provide these workers with the care they need.

Nearly 6,000 responders and over 1,000 survivors have a certified cancer under the WTC Health Program, which does not reflect those who have passed away or who are not currently enrolled in the program. Thousands more are suffering from aerodigestive disorders and mental health conditions.

NYCOSH has created an online toolkit to help our labor and community partners spread the word about this vital program. Our Health for Heroes toolkit is available at: bit.ly/health4heroes

 

In the coming days and weeks NYCOSH will participate in:

Tuesday September 12 POST 9-11: A Discussion on Medical Issues & Rebuilding of Lower Manhattan – 16 Years Later. Hosted by LaborPress & AM970 The Answer.

 

NIOSH is hosting a FREE interactive one day event for responders and survivors on October 21st, 8AM-4PM at the NYU Langone Health Medical Center’s Farkas Auditorium. Registration is open now at https://go.usa.gov/xRycM .

 

About NYCOSH: The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) is a membership organization of workers, unions, community-based organizations, workers’ rights activists, and health and safety professionals. NYCOSH uses training, education, and advocacy to improve health and safety conditions in our workplaces, our communities, and our environment. Founded in 1979 on the principle that workplace injuries, illnesses and deaths are preventable, NYCOSH works to extend and defend every person’s right to a safe and healthy workplace. For more information, visit nycosh.org, follow the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health on Facebook, and @NYCOSH on Twitter.