The New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS), Citywide Occupational Safety and Health (COSH) has oversight responsibility for Mayoral agencies with respect to occupational safety and health. COSH also conducts worksite inspections and conducts training to reduce hazards, accidents and occupational injuries and illnesses.
Pursuant to Executive Order No. 38 (August 20, 1997), and consistent with the provisions of the Citywide Contract, Article XIV (Occupational Safety and Health), safety and health programs have been implemented in every Mayoral agency. Under the Order, COSH is responsible for coordinating and assisting these agency programs. A Safety and Health Liaison designated by each agency is responsible for guiding the respective agency’s safety and health program and serving as a liaison to COSH.
A variety of core safety-related services are performed by COSH, including:
- Staff Training and Development
- Conducts training, workshops and information awareness programs
- Develops policies and plans relating to components of the City’s safety and health program
- Performs surveys and inspections of City agency worksites
- Technical assistance
- Coordinates response to regulatory agencies in connection with inspections and enforcement actions
- Performs industrial hygiene testing and monitoring for hazards
- Conducts computer workstation/workspace assessments (video display terminals (VDT)
- Health Monitoring
- Conducts a Hearing Conservation Program for City employees .
Department of Citywide Administrative Services
Office of the General Counsel
Citywide Occupational Safety and Health
1 Centre Street, 19th Floor North
New York, NY 10007