Occupational Safety & Health: Keeping Workers Safe

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Take Action Now! - This is where we post information about current legislative and regulatory proposals and provide tools for advocates. Click here for more information about SB 193 by State Senator Bill Monning (D) Carmel. Click here for more information about AB 1277 by Assembly Member Nancy Skinner (D) Berkeley. Click here for more information about AB 1165 by Assembly Member Nancy Skinner (D) Berkeley. These pages have detailed information, model letters, actual letters, links to the bills, etc. Check back regularly for updates.

This site provides tools to help make your workplace safer. It is organized into four main sections:

Working Collectively is Important. It is most important for workers to come together to solve workplace problems, and a union provides workers with the best means to address health and safety concerns with management. Being an active member of your union, including participating in a union health and safety committee (and urging the formation of such a committee if one doesn’t exist) is critical to making the workplace safe. Collective bargaining agreements may also contain language protecting worker health and safety that is better than existing laws and regulations.

Labor-management health and safety committees with real labor participation can make a difference. In addition to union health and safety committees, some unions have initiated labor-management health and safety committees. These programs, when functioning properly, can significantly improve safety and health on the job. The labor participants in these programs must receive adequate safety and health training paid for by their employer, paid time to carry out the tasks that are required, and assurance that they won’t be fired for speaking out.

For more information regarding union and labor-management safety committees, see Union & Worker Action

Attorneys can be very helpful, but remain an Advocate even when working with an Attorney. Finally, if injuries, illnesses or deaths do occur in the workplace, it is important for workers and their families to obtain sound legal advice. There are different remedies, depending on the facts and on the law of each state. General information about Workers’ Compensation or Third Party Lawsuits, and about Selecting an Attorney is posted, but cannot take the place of consulting with a specialist in these areas of law.

The Kazan Law Firm and OSH Advocacy

Occupational safety and health is not just about aiding those who have already been injured by hazardous or negligent practices. At the firm we believe the key to winning the battle against occupational hazards is helping to prevent workplace tragedies such as those that occurred in the asbestos industry. For this reason we work with organizations that represent the interests of working people, such as the AFL-CIO and Worksafe, and with government agencies mandated to protect the safety and health of working people, such as the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA), Federal OSHA, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

We participate in community and workplace efforts to identify hazards, inform community members and workers of their rights, and make sure that the law protects these rights.

Questions about Asbestos Exposure? We have special expertise in asbestos related diseases and you may find out more from these fact sheets: