Every year on April 28th, people around the world observe Workers Memorial Day to remember those who were killed, injured, or suffered from illness on the job, and to renew our efforts for safe and healthy workplaces.
This year, Worksafe invites you to join us at the Hyatt Fisherman's Wharf with UNITE HERE Local 2 to support hotel workers fighting for a safer workplace and a fair process to decide on unionization.Read more...
Deadline for sponsorship and ads is April 30, 2015!
Please join us to celebrate 33 years of fighting for workers' lives on all fronts: on the shop floor and at the Capitol in Sacramento, through advocacy and education, and by spearheading innovative campaigns!
All proceeds from this event will support Worksafe's one-of-a-kind advocacy, education, and training programs.
This special event is also an opportunity to celebrate those who have proven their dedication to safe, healthy, and just work. This year, we are thrilled to recognize former California Assembly Member Nancy Skinner, The State Building and Construction Trades Council of California, and Ruth Silver Taube, 2015 recipient of the Frances Schreiberg Pro Bono Award.
Health, Firefighter, Consumer and Science Groups Seek Ban on Household Products With Toxic Chemical Flame Retardants
97% of U.S. residents at risk from toxic organohalogen flame retardants in their bodies
Washington, D.C. — Today, a broad coalition of health, firefighter, consumer and science groups filed a petition asking the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to ban four categories of consumer products—children’s products, furniture, mattresses and the casings around electronics—if they contain any flame retardant in the chemical class known as organohalogens. Petitioners include the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Hispanic Medical Association, the International Association of Fire Fighters, the Learning Disabilities Association of America, Consumers Union, Consumer Federation of America, the League of United Latin American Citizens, Worksafe, Dr. Philip J. Landrigan and the Green Science Policy Institute.
Worksafe and Labor Coalition Win Improved Protections in Revised Heat Standard
Last week, by a 5-1 vote, the California OSH Standards Board approved major revisions to Cal/OSHA’s heat illness prevention standard. Because the next heat season is almost upon us, the new provisions may go into effect as early as April 1, 2015, instead of following the normal wait time, which would take us well into the summer. Employers will have to revise their written programs and train workers on the new provisions before then.
Worksafe led the multi-year effort to bring together the voices of organized labor, farmworker organizations, and public health experts to support the proposal by Cal/OSHA enforcement staff, who argued that they needed clearer and stronger language to reduce the rate of heat-related illnesses and fatalities in the state.
Registration is open for the National COSH (National Council for Occupational Safety and Health) 2015 Conference on Worker Safety and Health.
The conference will take place on June 2 – 4, at the Maritime Institute just outside of Baltimore, MD, with an optional Health and Safety Stand-UP event on Friday, June 5.
As a member of National COSH, we're excited to help put together what's sure to be the biggest and best event yet! National COSH coordinates all of the member "COSH" groups - Coalitions on Occupational Safety and Health - around the U.S. You can learn more about COSH groups here, or come to the June conference to meet representatives from all the COSH groups in-person! Read more...