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.
- 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)
- Jan 12 OSHA announces new online Outreach Training Program providers The OSHA Outreach Training Program teaches workers how to identify, prevent, and eliminate workplace hazards.... (Occupational Safety and Health Administration)
- Apr 21 OSHA marks 40th anniversary with tough stance against funding cuts The federal agency that oversees worker health and safety is celebrating its 40th anniversary this... (The Hill)
- 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)