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.
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.
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.
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.
- Jul 26Statement by Secretary-Treasurer Laura Reyes on the 23rd Anniversary of the ADA
- Jul 18AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on Confirmation of Thomas E. Perez for Secretary of Labor
- Jul 08AFSCME Letter to Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education SubcommitteeIt's time to end austerity before we further endanger economic growth.
- Nov 22 AFSCME supports new U.S. Department of Labor rule AFSCME writes to the House Sub-Committee on Workforce Protections in support of a new DOL... (AFSCME)
- Sep 26 OSHA launches new safety and health certificate program for public sector employees A new certificate program that provides public sector employees training on occupational safety and health... (Occupational Safety & Health Administration)
- Feb 11 OSHA reminds employers to post injury and illness Summary must include the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred in 2012.... (Occupational Safety & Health Administration)
- Jan 25 OSHA releases 2013 targeted inspection plan to protect federal workers Program directs inspections of federal agencies where a high number of employees have been absent... (Occupational Safety & Health Administration)
- Dec 05 US Labor Department's OSHA issues new fact sheet on mold hazards and safeguards for workers during Sandy cleanup Fact sheet provides elements of a mold cleanup plan, work practices and personal protective equipment.... (Occupational Safety & Health Administration)
- Jul 31 OSHA issues two educational resources on protecting workers from mercury exposure in fluorescent bulbs Shift to energy-saving bulbs calls for more attention to workers who handle the bulbs. (Occupational Safety & Health Administration)
- Jul 10 Protecting Workers Who Use Cleaning Chemicals Practices to help keep workers safe when working with cleaning chemicals, including green cleaning products.... (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health)
- May 16 New Government Safety Data Initiative Promises Insight into Nation's Public Safety Activities Safety.Data.Gov aims to provide better access to federal safety data and foster innovative ideas. (EHS Today)
- May 07 US Labor Department kicks off summer campaign to prevent heat-related illnesses and fatalities among outdoor workers Educational materials and mobile application available (U.S. Department of Labor)
- Mar 23 US Labor Department commemorates anniversary of Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire Mobile site features audio tour and background of historic event (U.S. Department of Labor)
- Mar 20 US Department of Labor’s OSHA revises Hazard Communication Standard Regulation protects workers from dangerous chemicals, helps American businesses compete worldwide. (Occupational Safety and Health Administration)
- Jan 31 New short videos from OSHA provide training to help inform workers on the proper use of respirators Series of 17 videos provide valuable information to workers in general industry and construction. (Occupational Safety and Health Administration)
- 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)
- Jan 15 Iowa Council 61 President Sues Governor to Prevent Juvenile Home Closure The closing of the only facility for troubled girls would also devastate the local economy. (Blog)
- Nov 26 AFSCME Seeks Cure for Interpreter Deficiency in California UDW Homecare Providers/AFSCME is working to pass legislation to create a workforce of medical interpreter. (Blog)
- Nov 21 New AFSCME Home Care Local Born in Vermont Providers launch their new union after the largest organizing victory in the nation. (Blog)
- Oct 30 AFSCME Mourns Loss of One of Our Own BART employees killed during strike in California. (Blog)
- Oct 15 Got the Blues? Unions Can Help New research links happiness to belonging to a union. (Blog)
- Oct 04 Right to Know Webinar for AFSCME Members on Hazard Communication Standard Learn about new health and safety regulations in an online course being held Aug. 27. (Blog)
- Oct 02 Iowa Members Demand Governor Increase Staffing AFSCME Iowa Council 61 members protested dangerously low staffing levels. (Blog)
- Sep 09 Help is Available to Health Victims of September 11 Attacks Don’t miss the Oct. 3 registration deadline for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. (Blog)
- Aug 29 Language Barriers Continue to Affect Safety of California Patients Advocates push for a bill allowing federal funding of a certified medical-interpreter program (Blog)