Health and Safety Resources

RESOURCESThere is something to say about the cliche, “the more you know, the more there is to know.” Knowing our rights as it pertains to our health and safety at work is a major component to why many of us organized or joined a union in the first place. This page is entirely dedicated to resources we can use to strengthen our understanding of our rights as it pertains to health, safety and wellness.

Posting the OSHA 300A

Did you know that hospitals are required to annually post a summary of the OSHA 300 form, which is the log of work-related injuries and illnesses that occurred at your hospital in the prior year?  

Every year between Feb. 1 and April 30, most employers are required to post the summary, which is called the OSHA 300A form, in an area where workers can access it at any time during their shift.

Posting the OSHA 300A is mandated by law, so if you’re unsure where it is, you can ask your manager or HR representative where its hiding.

It is up to us to review these summaries for accuracy. For example, if the one at your facility is stating there were a total of 60 injuries last year, and you happen to think that number is way off; you may want to take a look at the data supporting this number. (And, you have every right to ask and get that information).

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) compiles the information from these forms to report on workplace health and safety averages. OSHA and others analyze the BLS findings to determine what, if any, next steps should be taken.
If you are unable to find the 300A summary at your workplace, please inquire where they are. You can remind your employer of this law so that they stay compliant and you can stay well-informed. If you find out that the logs are hanging inside the CEO’s closet door in his or her locked office, that would NOT be considered being in compliance with the law and you should inform your Union rep as soon as you can.

 

Resource: Young Worker Safety and Health

Workers in the United States have the legal right to be safe and healthy at their jobs, regardless of their age. While that law is in place, statistics still say that every 9 minutes another teen gets hurt at work. Our younger sisters and brothers are getting sick or hurt on the job for a variety of reasons that run the gamut from dangerous equipment to lack of protective equipment and serious hazards.

NIOSH has created a web page specifically geared toward young worker safety. The guide and curriculum posted to the site will provide you with information that will help you get home from work as healthy as when you arrived.

Survey: How Safe Is Your Work Environment?

We are all committed to maintaining the highest possible standards for patient safety and health. But we are not as consistent about practicing our own health, safety, and wellness. As a result, we can lose sight of the fact that providing the highest quality of care to patients is impossible when our own safety and health is left at risk.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), “workplace violence is violence or the threat of violence against workers. It can occur at or outside the workplace and range from threats and verbal abuse to physical assaults and homicide.”

Harassment, verbal threats, abuse, physical attacks, and in some cases homicide are some of the many characteristics that define workplace violence. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, nurses are exposed to workplace violence more often than all other healthcare workers.

In the United States, all employers are responsible for creating and maintaining a safe and healthy place of work for employees. This is not debatable; it is the law and there are no exceptions to the rule.

The following survey seeks to find out just how safe your work environment really is.

Recalled Vaccines: FAQs

RecallThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published a comprehensive website to respond to what it sees as the most frequently asked questions regarding recalled vaccinations.

Vaccines go through rigorous testing before and after they are approved for use, but sometimes a vaccine or particular lot (batch) of vaccine may need to be withdrawn or recalled from the market (for example, from doctor’s offices and clinics). It is important to recognize, however, that almost all vaccine recalls happen because the vaccine is not as strong (potent) or effective as it should be and not because the vaccine or vaccine lot is unsafe.

To access the full FAQ, click here.

Health and Safety YouTube Channel

The SEIU Health and Safety Department has created a YouTube channel to assist in educating, mobilizing, and organizing both our current and future members around issues pertaining to their health, safety, and wellness. That said, we hope that all workers, no matter their affiliation, will visit and watch the videos we post to the playlists.

OSHA’s eTools and Electronic Products

The OSHA eTools and eMatrix are “stand-alone,” interactive, Web-based training tools on occupational safety and health topics. They are highly illustrated and utilize graphical menus. Some also use expert system modules, which enable the user to answer questions and receive reliable advice on how OSHA regulations apply to their work site. Expert Advisors are based solely on expert systems and v-Tools are prevention video training tools. Selected eTools are available as downloadable files for off-line use.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The CDC mission is to collaborate in order to create the expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health–through health promotion, prevention of disease, injury and disability, and preparedness for new health threats.