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.
- May 27 The Decline of American Unions Is a Threat to Public Health
- Oct 21 Vermont lawmakers grapple with social worker safety
- Oct 08 Employees Protest Gov. Rauner's Closing of Dept. of Children and Family Services Office A group of state union workers picketed outside the Department of Children and Family Services... (Central Illinois Proud)
- 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)
- Jul 25AFSCME Letter to Senate Urging Passage of the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund (H.R. 1327)The Never Forget the Heroes: Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act passed the House on July 12, 2019. AFSCME urges support for first responders.
- Mar 26Letter to Congress in Support of the Violence Against Women Act (H.R. 1585)As this year marks the 25th Anniversary of VAWA, this legislation strengthens and expands the tools used to combat violence against women.
- Mar 11AFSCME Statement to U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Education and LaborAFSCME submitted this testimony to the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections on February 27 on behalf of its members. Official Record of the "Caring for Our Caregivers: Protecting Health Care And Social Service Workers from Workplace Violence"
- Fact Sheet: AFSCME Stands With Public Safety Officers
- Safety Box Toolkit
- Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs
- Health and Hardship: Stories from 9/11’s Unsung Heroes
- OHSA Guidelines for Prevention Workplace Violence for Healthcare and Social Service Workers
- 2014 Updates to OSHA's Recordkeeping Rule
- Health & Safety Training Program