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The NY HERO Act is the first-in-the-nation permanent airborne infectious disease standard that protects and empowers workers from COVID-19 and whatever may come next. The NY HERO Act consists of two components: the creation of an airborne infectious disease standard that employers must adhere to and the ability for workers to form workplace safety committees.

The NY HERO Act is built by the voices of workers and their communities. 

The NY Essential Workers Coalition includes unions, worker centers, immigrant rights organizations, legal service providers, health and safety organizations, and community-based organizations. Together, we saw that working people were denied the basic right to a safe and healthy workplace, and we built a statewide movement to protect our NY heroes—the essential workers on the front lines of the health crisis. After a year-long fight, the coalition celebrated a monumental victory in 2021 with the signing of the NY HERO Act into law, enshrining a worker-led vision of health and safety for our communities. 

Enforceable standards, not just guidelines.

NY HERO ensures that workers, communities, and businesses are protected by providing protocols on testing, face masks, PPE, social distancing, hand hygiene, disinfection, and engineering controls. We need standards, not just guidelines, to ensure that our communities are safe.

A stronger voice in the workplace. 

Workplaces with 10+ employees may form a worker committee to address any health and safety issues on the job. For more information about how to form a committee, see the Know Your Rights materials below.

Holding dangerous workplaces accountable.

Strong penalties and enforcement mechanisms will lead to increased compliance and lower the transmission rates of COVID-19, which in turn will boost consumer confidence in the economy. We can’t let a single dangerous workplace trigger community shutdowns. Strong enforcement levels the playing field for businesses that do comply with the law

NY HERO Know Your Rights 

Worker Committee Know Your Rights FlyerNY HERO Comités de Trabajadores 
How to Form a Worker Committee GuidePasos para formar un comité de seguridad y salud en el lugar de trabajo
Worker Committee Request Form Documento de solicitud del Comités de Trabajadores 
Worker Committee FAQNY HERO Comités de Trabajadores  Preguntas Frecuentes 
NY HERO Airborne Infectious Diseases StandardsNY HERO Estándars de Enfermedades Infecciosas Transmitidas por el Aire 
General NY HERO Act Fact SheetPreguntas Frecuentes

NY HERO ACT Endorsers

1199 SEIU

9/11 Environmental Action




African Communities Together

Alianza Agricola


BK Rot

Center For Food Safety

Citizen Action of New York

Community Food Advocates

CWA District 1

DRUM-Desis Rising up and Moving

Environmental Advocates of New York 

Food Chain Workers Alliance

Friends of the Earth 


HEAL (Health, Environment, Agriculture, Labor) Food Alliance

Housing Justice for All

IBT Local 813

Jew for Racial Economic Justice

Jobs with Justice 

Johns Hopkins Center for a Liveable Future

Kinetic Communities

Laundry Workers Center

Legal Aid Society

Long Island Jobs with Justice

Long Island Progressive Coalition

Make the Road New York 

National Day Laborer Organizing Network

National Domestic Workers Alliance

National Employment Law Project

New York City Central Labor Council

New York Civil Liberties Union

New York Committee on Occupational Safety and Health

New York Communities for Change

New York Immigration Coalition

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest

New York State AFL-CIO

New York State Nurses Association

New York Working Families

Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson

NY Nail Salon Workers Association

NY NJ Regional Joint Board, Workers United/SEIU

Partnership for Working Families 

People Climate Movement 

Public Justice

Push Buffalo 

Queens Climate Project

Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union

Sierra Club

Street Vendor Project, Urban Justice Center

Strong Economy for all Coalition

Syracuse Immigrant and Refugee Defense Network

Teamsters Joint Council 16

Tech Workers Coalition

Tompkins County Worker Center


UAW Region 9A

Union of Concerned Scientists

UFCW Local 2013


Western New York Council on Occupational Safety and Health

West Side Campaign Against Hunger

Worker Justice Center of NY

Workers Center of Central New York

Workplace Project