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View Resource AFSCME Health & Safety Fact Sheet: Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) in the Correctional Facility

Staph is a bacteria commonly found on the skin and in the nose of healthy people. Some staph bacteria have developed resistance to the antibiotics most commonly used to treat infections, and are...

http://www.afscme.org/issues/16733.cfm
View Resource AFSCME Health & Safety Fact Sheet: Molds in Buildings

Molds are a group of plants called fungi that can be found indoors and outdoors. There are tens of thousands or possibly hundreds of thousands of different molds. They grow best in warm, damp, and...

http://www.afscme.org/issues/1327.cfm
View Resource AFSCME Health & Safety Fact Sheet: Noise

AFSCME members may be exposed to dangerously high noise levels in a variety of jobs and in virtually every workplace. Whether the job is a clerical position in an office environment, a heavy...

http://www.afscme.org/issues/1324.cfm
View Resource AFSCME Health & Safety Fact Sheet: Pandemic Avian Influenza

A pandemic influenza is a global outbreak of disease that occurs when a new strain of influenza virus appears, which causes serious illness and death in humans and is easily spread from person to...

http://www.afscme.org/issues/10136.cfm
View Resource AFSCME Health & Safety Fact Sheet: PCBs

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are a group of extremely toxic organic chemicals. They are fire-resistant and do not conduct electricity. They were used mainly as oils in electrical transformers and...

http://www.afscme.org/issues/1321.cfm
View Resource AFSCME Health & Safety Fact Sheet: Preventing Back Injuries in Health Care

Back injuries are the most common job-related health problem among health care workers and include: * low back pain, * herniated discs, a condition in which the discs in the spinal column...

http://www.afscme.org/issues/1320.cfm
View Resource AFSCME Health & Safety Fact Sheet: Public Employee OSHA Laws

The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) became federal law over thirty years ago and created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA. The law was passed to guarantee...

http://www.afscme.org/issues/1319.cfm
View Resource AFSCME Health & Safety Fact Sheet: Respirators

Federal law requires that engineering controls rather than respirators be used to solve air contamination problems. Nevertheless, respirators too often are used as a permanent solution. Some people...

http://www.afscme.org/issues/1318.cfm
View Resource AFSCME Health & Safety Fact Sheet: Right to Know Laws

For many AFSCME members, exposure to serious health hazards is all in a day's work. On-thejob exposure to chemicals, such as solvents, paints, disinfectants, fumes, dusts, sewer chemicals, cutting...

http://www.afscme.org/issues/1317.cfm
View Resource AFSCME Health & Safety Fact Sheet: Scabies

Scabies is a communicable disease of the skin that is caused by a tiny bug called a mite. The mites dig into the skin and lay their eggs. The mites can burrow beneath the skin surface in 2 ½ ...

http://www.afscme.org/issues/1316.cfm
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