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.
- Jul 28AFSCME Urges House to Reject the REINS Act
- Jun 25AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders Statement on the King v. Burwell DecisionBy rejecting this overtly partisan attack against existing law, the Court has preserved the health and peace of mind of the more than 8 million Americans who will now continue to rely on the law for access to quality, affordable health coverage.
- May 29A Strong OHSA Silica Rule Would Save Thousands of LivesIn 2013, OHSA proposed a rule that would reduce silica dust exposures and strengthen protections, but Industry is lobbying against the rule. It would save nearly 700 lives and prevent 1,600 new cases of silicosis each year. Sign the petition.
- Oct 21 Vermont lawmakers grapple with social worker safety
- Sep 11 NYCOSH and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Release New Report Documenting Evolution of Responders’ Illnesses 14 Years After 9/11 As Advocates Fight for Renewal of 9/11 Health Act, New Medical Accounts of 9/11 Responders... (New York Committee for Occupational Safety & Health)
- Apr 29 OSHA unveils new "It's The Law" poster To help ensure that workers have a voice in their workplaces and the protection they... (OHSA)
- Apr 21 Our Nation's Pay Policies Are Due for a Checkup The United States is one of the only developed nations in the world where workers... (The Huffington Post)
- 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)
- Nov 30 The Crisis in Our Midst: Ensuring Quality Home Care in an Aging America To put it frankly, many people simply cannot afford to care for themselves or their own families on home care worker’s wages. (Blog)
- Nov 13 Archivist Picked for Health and Safety Advisory Council Library of Congress archivist Nan Thompson Ernst will serve on the Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health. (Blog)
- Nov 04 EMS Workers Tackle Issue of Fatigue and High Turnover AFSCME members shine a light on the alarming rate of employees leaving American Medical Response in Independence, Missouri. (Blog)
- Oct 22 Ohio CO Taken Hostage After Safety Breach A convicted double-murderer took a female corrections officer hostage for 11 hours in an Ohio prison Oct. 18 after a “cost-saving” practice called “pull and move” left her in a population of inmates but alone at her post. (Blog)
- Sep 22 Paramedic Activist Seeks to Lift Up EMS Profession EMS solidarity: California paramedic Jared Kirby traveled to Ohio to help EMTs and paramedics there build a union with AFSCME. (Blog)
- Sep 14 First Responders Remember 9/11 Meriden, Connecticut, police officer Ray Ouellet recalls how he and three colleagues drove through traffic and chaos into New York City on September 11, 2001, leaving their car, and hiking two and a half miles with their gear to Ground Zero. (Blog)
- Sep 11 Campaign Helps Reduce Violence in Minnesota Hospitals Minnesota state hospital workers – AFSCME Council 5 members – waged a successful public education campaign to improve safety against violent attacks by patients. (Blog)
- Sep 01 Member Is Victim in Wave of Violence Clarence “Wade” Havvard, an AFSCME Local 725 member and employee of the Indianapolis/Marion County Department of Public Works (DPW), was killed Aug. 26 in a wave of violence that has struck the city in recent weeks. (Blog)
- Aug 31 CLUW Has Questions, and Solutions, on Women’s Health The Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) is calling on women to complete a brief survey on what health information they need and the social media networks in which they participate. (Blog)
- Aug 04 EMT Plunges into Hudson to Save Woman As most New Yorkers were preparing to go to work, EMT Niall O’Shaughnessy was already on the job – literally up to his neck in the treacherous, choppy waters of the Hudson River, trying to save a young woman who had thrown herself in only minutes before. (Blog)
- Jul 01 Ohio Rejects Union’s Cheaper Food Service Bid Five months after bids were submitted to handle Ohio’s troubled prison food services run by Aramark, the state determined it would continue with Aramark’s services and reject OCSEA’s bid to take over food services. (Blog)
- May 26 Communities Rally Around EMS Providers Communities nationwide honored the commitment and sacrifice of emergency medical professionals last week, with many calling for the nation’s largest private EMS provider to start respecting its workforce. (Blog)