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View Resource AFSCME Health & Safety Fact Sheet: Federal OSHA and EPA Asbestos Laws

AFSCME has played a major role in shaping federal asbestos laws to protect maintenance, custodial, and other building service workers and occupants. These laws give workers the right to know if the...

http://www.afscme.org/issues/1346.cfm
View Resource AFSCME Health & Safety Fact Sheet: Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde (FAH) is a colorless, flammable gas with a strong, pungent odor. It is widely used in hospitals, in disinfectants, in carpet and furniture glues, and in a large number of other products....

http://www.afscme.org/issues/1345.cfm
View Resource AFSCME Health & Safety Fact Sheet: Glutaraldehyde

Glutaraldehyde is a toxic chemical that is used for cold sterilization of medical and dental equipment. It is in Cidex and other products. Glutaraldehyde can cause severe irritation of the eyes, nose...

http://www.afscme.org/issues/1344.cfm
View Resource AFSCME Health & Safety Fact Sheet: Heat

Too much heat can be a serious problem for AFSCME members who work outdoors or indoors where it is hot.

http://www.afscme.org/issues/1343.cfm
View Resource AFSCME Health & Safety Fact Sheet: Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A, also known as "Infectious Hepatitis," is a viral disease of the liver that causes fever, weight loss, nausea and abdominal discomfort, followed by jaundice (yellowing of the skin). It...

http://www.afscme.org/issues/1341.cfm
View Resource AFSCME Health & Safety Fact Sheet: Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is an infection of the liver caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV), a bloodborne virus. The hepatitis B virus can cause serious damage to the liver which may result in death. The major...

http://www.afscme.org/issues/1339.cfm
View Resource AFSCME Health & Safety Fact Sheet: Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is an infection caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). Hepatitis C causes serious damage to the liver and can be fatal. Infection with hepatitis interferes with the liver's primary...

http://www.afscme.org/issues/1337.cfm
View Resource AFSCME Health & Safety Fact Sheet: Latex Allergy

Latex allergy is a reaction to certain proteins in latex rubber. Latex is a natural substance that is made from the sap of rubber trees. Natural rubber latex is found in most latex gloves, and many...

http://www.afscme.org/issues/1333.cfm
View Resource AFSCME Health & Safety Fact Sheet: Lead

Lead is a soft metal that can cause serious illness and even death. It has been used in a wide variety of industries and products because it prevents corrosion, is long lasting, resists cracking due...

http://www.afscme.org/issues/1330.cfm
View Resource AFSCME Health & Safety Fact Sheet: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) in Institutional Settings

There are serious outbreaks of MRSA in several AFSCME institutions. MRSA is difficult to treat and can cause potentially life-threatening complications. Controlling transmission requires strict...

http://www.afscme.org/issues/16735.cfm
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