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Founded March, 2000. An unofficial, not-for-profit site, based in Kansas City, created and maintained by volunteer labor.

Labor Safety


There is no profit to be made from safety and most employers have bitterly resisted union and government efforts to make workplaces safer. It took decades of determined struggle to get OSHA established.

 
Tony Mazzocchi Key Leader In Fight For OSHA, “Founding Brother” of the Labor Party

Both Republican and Democrat congresses and administrations have whittled away at OSHA's resources leaving too many workplaces uninspected. This trend has greatly accelerated in the Bush years.

Death on the Job—The Toll of Neglect

Many workers believe Workers Compensation laws exist to protect them against unsafe employers. Actually the opposite is true. Workers Comp protects the boss against being sued by workers. Workers Comp sets fixed amounts to be paid for every conceivable injury or illness. Many states, including Missouri, have gutted Workers Comp in recent years.

Working people need to mobilize in both the workplace and politically to protect our health and safety on the job.

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Alice Hamilton
The Pioneer of Industrial Hygiene

If you have a specific question about a workplace safety or health issue send it to:

 safety@kclabor.org

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Mary J Erio , a Certified Industrial Hygienist, will respond.

 

Here are some links you may find of use:

Americans with Disabilities
Bureau of Labor Statistics Health and Safety Data
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)

Chemical Reference Links

Environmental Defense Fund Scorecard
Ergonomics

Federal Railroad Administration Safety Page
Hazardous Chemical Database
Indoor Air Quality
Job Accommodation Network

Los Angeles RSI Support Group

Mine Safety and Health Administration
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)

Rachel's Environment and Health Weekly
RTK Net Right-to-Know Net

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Health & Safety Links Page

Violence in the Workplace

Workplace Injured (WI)

Teens @ Work

Some Other Major Union Health and Safety Sites

AFL-CIO Safety Page

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers (UE)
United Steelworkers
New England Laborers' Health and Safety Fund

UMWA Black Lung Site

Labor/Community Safety/Health Coalitions

Worksafe!, San Francisco, CA
Southeast Michigan Coalition on Occupational Safety and Health (SEMCOSH)
New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health
(NYCOSH)
Philadelphia Area Project on Occupational Safety and Health (PhilaPOSH)

Working people need more clout to make our workplaces safer. See excerpts from the Labor Party program concerning safety and health.

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