Fighting for Safe Jobs
There is nothing more important than staying safe on the job. Our lives depend on it. That is why, as AFSCME members, we have access to some of the best workplace health and safety resources available. Training programs and technical assistance emphasize strategies that involve workers and staff in identifying and solving workplace problems. AFSCME has also played a leading role in winning job safety rights to protect workers from asbestos, infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, and other hazards.
About Ebola »
AFSCME members are on the frontlines providing vital healthcare services to the public, including patient care, emergency medical response, hospital triage and environmental cleaning services. Here's what you should know.
OSHA’s new Ebola Web page provides guidance for protecting workers from exposure to the Ebola virus.
The CDC's ebola page has information on the 2014 outbreak and resources for healthcare workers and institutions.
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration has published two guidance documents on its new hazard communication standard for chemicals: a fact sheet on employer training requirements, and a brief for chemical receivers, chemical purchasers and trainers which explains the new labeling elements and what information must appear on a label as well as describing what pictograms are and how to use them. Review the documents at the links below.
- Mar 18 We Must Stand with Law Enforcement Officers It is a mistake to think it's the role of police officers alone to fix... (Huffington Post)
- Feb 13 OSHA reminds employers to post OSHA 300A injury/illness summary February through April OSHA is reminding covered employers to post OSHA's Form 300A, which summarizes the total number...
- Feb 13 Updates to OSHA’s Recordkeeping Rule: Reporting Fatalities and Severe Injuries OSHA’s updated recordkeeping rule expands the list of severe injuries that all employers must report... (OSHA)
- Oct 22 Tightened Guidance for U.S. Healthcare Workers on Personal Protective Equipment for Ebola The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is tightening previous infection control guidance for... (CDC)
- Jul 11 PR: 10 Guards injured in prison riot in Puerto Rico Ten guards and several inmates were injured during a large-scale riot at the Zarzal Correctional... (Fox Latino)
- Jul 01 40% of SC child-welfare workers bear heavy caseloads Child-welfare workers in the Midlands bear some of the highest caseloads in South Carolina. (AP)
- Jun 26 PA: Mom of N.J. man who killed himself at Lancaster County Prison says she 'wants justice' "The union feels that steps could have been taken to prevent” the suicide, said Brian... (Lancaster Online)
- Jun 24 Florida Puts Child Safety Before Parents' Rights Gov. Rick Scott signed into law Monday a sweeping overhaul of Florida's long-troubled child welfare... (McClatchy News)
- Jun 20 TX: Citing health concerns, Texas inmates file lawsuit to keep prisons cool Lance Lowry, president of the Huntsville American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, has... (theeagle.com)
- Jun 19 KS prison guards sound the alarm about under staffing across the state Last week, there were at least three separate incidents at one prison in which officers... (KWHC)
- Jun 09 OSHA schedules stakeholder meeting to consider proposed standard to protect safety, health of emergency responders The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has scheduled an informal stakeholder meeting to gather information... (U.S. Department of Labor)
- May 28 OSHA Launches Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness in Outdoor Workers
- Feb 27 Ohio Correction Officers Attacked by Inmates At a time when overcrowding is the rule rather than the exception in Ohio prisons, four correction officers, members of the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association/AFSCME Local 11, were attacked by a large group of inmates. (Blog)
- Feb 09 Walker Proposal Threatens to Reduce Prison Security Walker’s short-sighted proposal to eliminate the third (overnight) shift in state prison guard towers simply to save approximately $6 million out of a $68 billion two-year budget is a disaster waiting to happen. (Blog)
- Dec 02 Newtown Officers and AFSCME Members Honored for Their Courage Newtown Police Department officers dispatched to Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012, were honored for their courageous response at this year’s Courage of Connecticut Law Enforcement Dinner. (Blog)
- Nov 14 AFSCME Urges Congress to Restore Needed Funding to Fight the Ebola Crisis AFSCME represents workers who are on the front lines of America’s domestic response to Ebola. Workers across the nation who are at high risk deserve training and practice on necessary personal protective equipment. (Blog)
- Oct 01 Too Many Workplace Injuries Go Unreported. You Can Help Us Fix That Have you experienced retaliation for reporting a workplace injury? Tell us now! (Blog)
- Sep 12 Help For 9/11 Responders and Survivors Medical monitoring and treatment available through federal World Trade Center Health Program (Blog)
- Jul 11 Maggots on the Menu? Prison food privateer endangers public safety in Michigan and Ohio. (Blog)
- Jun 30 Statement from AFSCME President Lee Saunders Today’s Supreme Court decision does not dampen the resolve of home care workers and child care providers to come together to have a strong voice for good jobs and to give care to millions of seniors, people with disabilities and children. (Blog)
- Jun 17 OCSEA Calls on State Authorities to Fill Vacancies, Prioritize Officer Safety Vacant positions at three state corrections facilities pose a safety risk for employees. (Blog)
- Mar 20 Connecticut Takes Step Toward Providing Workers PTSD Coverage AFSCME is a leader in the push for legislation to help Sandy Hook Elementary School first responders. (Blog)
- Mar 13 Making a Splash with Insourcing City lifeguards take over a New York pool after a private contractor’s hazardous practices and shady finances violated the public’s trust (Blog)
- Jan 16 ‘Polar Vortex’ Was Tough, But Our Members Were Tougher Utility workers in Columbus, Ohio, brave sub-zero temperatures to fix huge water main break. (Blog)