Safety & Health
Director: David Mullen
Worker's Memorial Day 2017
On April 28, the IBEW and the unions of the AFL-CIO observe Workers Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew the fight for safe jobs. This year we will come together to defend hard-won victories by working people from attacks by right-wing Republicans and business groups. We will commit to fighting until all workers have safe jobs and the freedom to form unions to seek a better future.
The Occupational Safety and Health Act and Mine Safety and Health Act promise workers the right to a safe job. Unions and our allies have fought hard to make that promise a reality—winning protections that have made jobs safer, saved hundreds of thousands of lives and prevented millions of workplace injuries and illnesses.
But our work is not done. Each year thousands of workers are killed and millions more injured or diseased because of their jobs.
The safety and health gains we have won are now threatened. The Trump administration has launched an all-out assault on regulations. The president has ordered that for every new protection, two existing safeguards must be removed from the books. At the same time Republicans in Congress have moved quickly to overturn new rules issued by the Obama administration. Agency budgets and enforcement programs are on the chopping block. The safety and health of workers and the public are in danger.
We must fight back!! We cannot and will not let them turn back the clock and destroy the progress we have made to make jobs safer and save lives.
Please join us on Workers Memorial Day as we continue the fight for safe jobs.
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2017 National Safety Stand-Down Announced
The National Safety Stand-Down is scheduled for May 8-12, 2017 and is focused on reducing injuries associated with falls. This event is associated with OSHA, NIOSH and CPWR's Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction. The goal is to raise awareness and prevent fall fatalities and injuries. It is an opportunity for employers to pause work and have a conversation with workers about fall hazards, protective methods, and the company's safety policies, goals and expectations. Workers should take this opportunity to talk with management about fall hazards they are exposed to and see.
Falls are a leading cause of death for workers, accounting for 350 of the 937 construction fatalities and 648 of the 4,836 fatalities in all industries recorded in 2015 (BLS data). But they are also preventable! Hazard elimination,proper training, and use of fall protection can change these numbers.
Over the last few years, thousands of companies participated in the Stand‐Down reaching millions of workers across all 50 states and internationally! Over 130 public events were held across the country last year. You can organize your own stand‐down on your jobsite(s), join with others in your area to hold an event, or check out a list of regional events open to the public at www.osha.gov/StopFallsStandDown/calendar.html.
The Campaign website stopconstructionfalls.com provides ideas for participation on your jobsite through a 5‐Day Plan, Success Story examples of past events, and a variety of resources such as toolbox talks, inspection check lists, videos, and free hardhat stickers that can be ordered at stopconstructionfalls.com/online‐ordering‐form/ while supplies last.
After you’ve participated, don’t forget to get an OSHA certificate at www.osha.gov/StopFallsStandDown/#cert!
About the IBEW Safety Caucus:
The IBEW convenes an exclusive IBEW only safety caucus twice yearly. Both meetings are held in conjunction with the National Safety Council Labor Division’s regularly scheduled meetings - first in the spring, and again in the fall. The spring meeting program is set for one and a half days, and because of time constraints the fall meeting program is scheduled for one day. The safety caucus provides the 100-plus IBEW members that regularly attend the caucus necessary time to discuss issues that are critical in furthering occupational safety and health for IBEW members.
International President Stephenson continues to affirm the commitment from his office to the future of the caucus, and directs delegates to align their focus toward an advisory role to the international office on safety matters affecting IBEW members.
For more information about the meetings or the NSC, you may contact IBEW Safety Director David Mullen at 202-728-6040 or email@example.com.
About the Safety & Health Department:
The Safety and Health Department is assigned responsibilities related to safety and health involving all trade jurisdictions of the IBEW. The department’s primary focus is occupational safety, although home, community, and personal safety and health issues frequently require departmental attention.
Local unions are required to report serious lost time accidents and fatalities using the web based accident reporting system.