Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources (Updated 4/1/20)

All workers should take precautions to limit the impact of the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). The risk of contracting and transmitting coronavirus, as with any infectious disease, is elevated for senior citizens & healthcare workers.  The Philadelphia Department of Health, Pennsylvania Department of Health and the CDC have current information on the virus, helpful steps to take, and specific advice for workers in healthcare settings. Updates 4/1/2020 Labor focused resources from the Philadelphia Council AFL-CIONIOSH fact sheet on surgical masks and N95 respirators as PPE Useful documents: Specific advice for healthcare workersGeneral prevention tipsGeneral Prevention tips in Spanish ( información…
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Stories from our Supporters: Esteban Vera, Jr., Business Manager, Laborers’ International Union of North America Local 57

By Jane M. Von Bergen    Esteban Vera Jr. will never forget the night that John “Jay” Johnson, a well-liked member of Laborers’ Local 57, fell to his death in January 2016.  “Johnson was on the night shift,” recalled Vera, Local 57’s business manager, as he sat in his office in Philadelphia, his own well-worn hard-hat in a place of honor on a bookshelf behind him.  Johnson, a father of three, worked with a crew on Pier 78 in South Philadelphia. He fell through an uncovered hole in the decking into the water below and drowned. Divers found his body hours…
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Free OSHA Trainings in June

Free OSHA Trainings in June

This month, we'll be offering open virtual sessions of our two free OSHA training topics on the following. Please register now to let us know if you will attend! After each successful completion of any training sessions, participants will receive a certificate of attendance. Reducing Infectious Disease including Covid-19 in the Workplace Monday June 27, 2022 | 5 PM | Registration and more info here! With infection rates on the rise again, it's important to make sure you have the tools to stay safe on the job from COVID and infectious diseases in general. This course was designed for learners…
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Workers Memorial Day Fatality List

For our 2022 Workers Memorial Day program, as we do every year, we compiled a list of workers who died from work related injury or illness in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey.  We're grateful for the assistance of OSHA Region 2 and Region 3 for their help with this endeavor. The 2022 (covering the period from the beginning of 2021 through April of 2022) can be found here. (The data is also available in CSV format: Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey. The Fatality list for the 2020 through 2021 period is available here.)
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Free OSHA Trainings in March

Free OSHA Trainings in March

This month, we'll be offering open virtual sessions of our two free OSHA training topics on the following. Please register now to let us know if you will attend! After each successful completion of any training sessions, participants will receive a certificate of attendance. Reducing Infectious Disease including Covid-19 in the Workplace Thursday March 17, 2022 | 9 AM – 12:00 PM | Register here Thursday March 24, 2022 | 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM | Register here This course was designed for learners to be introduced to various infectious diseases that may become occupational hazards. In this climate of…
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Reducing Infectious Disease including Covid-19 in the Workplace

Reducing Infectious Disease including Covid-19 in the Workplace

Topic: Reducing Infectious Disease including Covid-19 in the Workplace Course Time: 2.5 Hours This course was designed for learners to be introduced to various infectious diseases that may become occupational hazards. In this climate of Covid-19 and the more contagious variant strands, it is essential to receive the latest information and data available to the worker. Instruction includes but is not limited to: OSHA Rights and Whistleblower Laws Various classifications of infectious diseases The hierarchy of control methods How to effectively disinfect surfaces for infectious diseases Emergency Temporary Standard – ETS The differences between the face mask and N95 respirators…
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Residential Safety and Health Training Course

Residential Safety and Health Training Course

Topic: Residential Safety and Health Training Course Course time: 3.5 hours This course is designed to give the learner an overview of Safety Health topics relating to the residential construction field. This class is informative to employers managing various worksites, small contractors, limited workforce employers, and anyone willing to gain more knowledge about safety and health on the job. Course topics include but are not limited to: Construction Ergonomics Fall Protection and Prevention Methods Knowing your Employee Rights Confined Spaces in Residential Construction Safety and Health Programs Hand and Power Tool Safety Health Hazards in Residential Construction This instructor-led training…
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OSHA Announces a New Emergency Temporary Standard on Vaccination and Testing

OSHA Announces a New Emergency Temporary Standard on Vaccination and Testing

  OSHA announced a new Emergency Temporary Standard on Vaccination and Testing. Here are four things you need to know: Employers with at least 100 employees will be required to adopt a mandatory vaccination policy unless they adopt a policy requiring unvaccinated workers to undergo weekly testing and wear a face covering at work. Covered employers must provide paid time for workers to get the COVID-19 vaccine and ensure workers have paid sick leave to recover from any side effects that prevent them from working. Employers must comply with most provisions by 30 days after the date of publication in…
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2021 PhilaPOSH Awardees

We're excited to announce the honorees for our 37th Annual Awards Program, which will be held on November 12, 2021. ANGELIC LOWE & TRACI GOLDSTEIN: OUTSTANDING HEALTH & SAFETY PROGRAM AWARD Angelic Lowe is the Health and Safety Awareness Educator for the Laborers District Council Benefits Funds. She is dedicated to serving their members and families. The focus of the program includes educational health and wellness of children and families, as it relates to nutrition, exercise, stress management, mental health awareness, and all aspects of safety. She also schedules and organize local union wellness visits consisting primarily of health screenings.…
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National Agenda for Worker Safety and Health

Rights and protections we need now On February 3, PHILAPOSH joined with National COSH and over 100 worker groups to release the National Agenda for Worker Safety and Health. Developed by workers, unions, safety advocates, and worker organizations, the agenda brings together ideas based on real experience in our workplaces to confront the COVID-19 pandemic and other hazards in our workplaces.   Around the country, and here in Pennsylvania, there have been multiple COVID-19 outbreaks among retail, food processing, childcare, nursing home workers, and many others. Until now, the response to the pandemic from employers and our government has been…
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OSHA Basics: Your Rights on the Job

Steps to Take For Reporting Unsafe Work Conditions The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) of 1970 is a United States labor law that governs occupational health and safety in both the federal government and private sector. Congress enacted OSHA in 1970, and it was signed into law by President Richard Nixon. It was enacted to ensure employees have safe and healthy working conditions by establishing standards and enforcing those standards be complied with regarding training, education, outreach, and assistance. OSHA Standards OSHA standards are rules that describe the process that employers must use to ensure that their workers…
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