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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.

Saving Your Back: Safe Patient Handling and Ergonomics for Home Health Care

Home health care providers are at high risk from injury as they care for their clients and loved ones. Get the facts about injury rates and risk factors in home health care. Please join us in this informative webinar as we define ergonomics and discuss strategies to keep both workers and patients safe.

This webinar will take place at 1pm and 4pm EDT on Tuesday, April 11. It is made possible through the Department of Labor Susan Harwood grant #SH-27635-5 and presented through the AFSCME Training and Education Institute (ATEI) and the AFSCME Education Department.

What You Need to Know
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.

AFSCME Fact Sheet: Protecting Health Care Workers from Exposure to Ebola

AFSCME Fact Sheet: Ebola and General Exposure Protections for Workers

AFSCME Fact Sheet: Preventing the Spread of Ebola and Other Infectious Diseases in Correctional Facilities

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.

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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.

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