Philadelphia, PA

Mission Statement

Since 1975 our mission has been “the prevention of injury, disease and death on the job through information, education, technical assistance and political action.”

PhilaPOSH is the only organization in the Greater Philadelphia Area that makes worker safety and health the top priority. We are not a government agency and our strength depends on our members.

In 1975 concerned union members, workers, legal and health professionals founded PhilaPOSH. We are an independent organization which works closely with the Pennsylvania State AFL-CIO, the Industrial Union Council of New Jersey, The Work Environment Council, County Councils and other occupational safety and health groups across the nation and Canada to educate union members, safety representatives and the general public on a wide variety of job health and safety topics, including Workmen’s Compensation, recognition and control of hazards, OSHA and other laws, legal issues, and much more.


We are unions, health and legal professionals working together since 1975 for a safe and protected workplace as well as for the rights of injured workers.

Organized in 1975, the Philadelphia Area Project on Occupational Safety and Health (PhilaPOSH) was the second organization formed in the United States by unions, health and legal professionals that focused on health and safety issues faced by workers and their unions.

Over the past 30 years we have provided assistance to hundreds of unions and thousands of workers, both union and non-union.

Our Board of Directors is comprised of 20 organized labor representatives who oversee the operation of PhilaPOSH.

PhilaPOSH has won grants from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Philadelphia Foundation, City of Philadelphia, just to name a few.  But the vast majority of our funding over the past 30 years has come from grass roots support and individual donations. Unions and individuals make up the bulk of our support.

PhilaPOSH works closely with International Unions, federal agencies (like OSHA) and a national network of 25 Coalitions on Occupational Safety and Health (COSH Groups).  Our award winning staff and volunteers quickly respond to your requests for assistance. We are an educational, consulting and political action organization that works for you, our supporters.

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