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Health and Safety

Your health and safety are two things you should very serious. The key word that I believe contributes to health and safety issues is PRODUCTION! Any discussion about production and/or trying to meet the numbers that are expected from you on a daily basis can ultimately lead to having problems with your health and safety.   I believe in giving a “fair days work for a fair days pay”. Simply put, do your best and don’t worry about the rest. The numbers are the numbers. You are a not robot and can not churn out the numbers on a regular basis. Play fantasy football and this fact will support my statement. Everyday is different.

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What’s Important

Now as far as your health and safety, there are so many things, we as employees, don’t pay attention to. I will do my best to cover the issues in regards to health and safety. I may miss some of the other issues, so please accept my apology if I don’t cover it here.at.

Know your Rights

Under federal law, you are entitled to a safe workplace. Your employer must provide a workplace free of known health and safety hazards. If you have concerns, you have the right to speak up about them without fear of retaliation. You also have the right to:

  • Be trained in a language you understand
  • Work on machines that are safe
  • Be provided required safety gear, such as gloves or a harness and lifeline for falls
  • Be protected from toxic chemicals
  • Request an OSHA inspection, and speak to the inspector
  • Report an injury or illness, and get copies of your medical records
  • See copies of the workplace injury and illness log
  • Review records of work-related injuries and illnesses
  • Get copies of test results done to find hazards in the workplace

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    also have the right to:

    • Be trained in a language you understand
    • Work on machines that are safe
    • Be provided required safety gear, such as gloves or a harness and lifeline for falls
    • Be protected from toxic chemicals
    • Request an OSHA inspection, and speak to the inspector
    • Report an injury or illness, and get copies of your medical records
    • See copies of the workplace injury and illness log
    • Review records of work-related injuries and illnesses
    • Get copies of test results done to find hazards in the workplace

    Master Article 18, section 24 – BOXES EVERYWHERE!!! EGRESS - Boxes, boxes, everywhere!!!

    Egress is a word very few unerstand.  The definition can best be summed up as Boxes all over the plance and you feel unsafe; woried about falling or boxes falling on you.

    OSHA (Occupational Safety Health Administration)

    This agency is concerned about workplace safety.  If this agency did not exist, most companies would disregard safety as they did in the early 20th Century.

    Master Article 18; Your Safety is important to us

    Safey is an issue that was negotiated in the contract.  Read how the company and union agree that you safety is import and list the issues that will be addressed in order to ensure you work in a safe environment.

    Master Article 14; If you get injured on the job

    Getting injured is not a good thing.  But it is not something one should feel guilty as dealing with the injury is the most import issue that should be addressed. 

    Master Article 14; If you get injured on the job

    When you get injured, knowing what to do is necessary.  Their are procedures and their are procedures others have to follow to make sure you are taken care of. 

    Master Article 14: section 2 – If get hurt and can’t do your normal work, you can do light duty

    After being injured, there are various ways one can return to work in order to aclimate (slowly work their way back to normalcy) themselves back the normal work environment.

    Master Article 15, section 7; Disability

    Disability is a reality.  Work has negotiated with the union in finding solutions for employees who fall into this category. Federal and state laws cover this issue as well. 

    Local articl 23, section 3; Getting hurt and coming back to work

    There are specific steps one should take in returning to work.  This section covers some of them. 

    Master Article 14, section 3; Permanent Disablity

    Permanent disabilty does not mean one can not still be gainfully employed

    Local Article 5, section 1; Meals and breaks

    Skipping meals does happen.  Skipping meals all the time does not benefit your pocket book or your health.

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