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Fighting for Safe Jobs

Workers Memorial Day 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.

Workers Memorial Day »

On April 28, AFSCME and the unions of the AFL-CIO observe Workers Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew the fight for safe workplaces.

OSHA Guides to New HazCom Standard

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.

Hurricane Sandy Resources

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the Occupational Safety & Health Administration have made documents and resources available that address emergency preparedness and cleanup in hurricane and flood situations.

In addition, OSHA has created a fact sheet providing details on possible hazards and protective measures to keep workers safe during Hurricane Sandy cleanup and recovery.

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