Services

We provide comprehensive worker safety and health training to our rank-and-file membership, in addition to technical and regulatory support to our Local Union affiliates, IBT Trade Divisions and Conferences, and IBT Departments

SERVICES

For decades, Unions have led the struggle for improved working conditions, dignity, and respect on the job. Unions have won legislation and protections that have made the workplace safer for all workers. Still, each year millions of workers are injured, diseased, or killed by job hazards. Under the Obama administration, workers’ concerns are a value and a priority for the first time in years.

The IBT Safety and Health Department continues to provide comprehensive worker safety and health training to our rank-and-file membership, in addition to technical and regulatory support to our Local Union affiliates, IBT Trade Divisions and Conferences, and IBT Departments.

SAFETY & HEALTH DEPARTMENT SUPPORT ACTIVITIES

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AND INFORMATION

Our department provide, Environmental and personal monitoring, Review and analyze sampling data, and Review drug testing results.

Regulatory and technical interpretations for

  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
  • Department of Transportation (DOT)
  • Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

LEGISLATIVE AND REGULATORY ACTIVITIES

We work closely with the Legislative Affairs Department and Change to Win Federation Affiliates on various legislative and rulemaking activities that involve safety and health.

  • Testify before Congressional committees
  • Help develop legislation
  • Provide technical assistance to lobbyists
  • Rulemaking –OSHA, FMCSA, MSHA, FAA, HSA, FRA, EPA

WORKPLACE INSPECTIONS AND SURVEYS

We conduct workplace inspections and surveys to assess workplace hazards.

  • Site visits – comprehensive or focused inspections
  • Review of written programs
  • Surveys – designed to identify potential or real problems based on employee information

COLLECTIVE BARGAINING

We are very involved in collective bargaining activities at varying levels for many of our national agreements

Master Agreements

  • National Master Freight
  • United Parcel Service
  • National Automobile Transporters
  • Anheuser-Busch

White Paper Agreements

  • Model Contract Language

OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH RESEARCH

Staff members conduct independent research on various safety and health issues, we also collaborate with several research institutions on projects where we share interest

Diesel Exhaust Study – Exposure studies for freight members (dock and drivers)

  • Harvard University School of Public Health

Driver Health Study – Tobacco Use and Nutritional Habits of Drivers

  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Toll Booth Workers Study

  • Mt. Sinai Medial Center – The Health and Safety of Toll Collectors, A White Paper
  • Harvard University School of Public Health – Cardiac effects of exposure to engine exhaust

Harvard University School of Public Health

  • Cardiac effects of exposure to engine exhaust

Noise Exposure Study – Assessment of noise exposure among ready-mixed concrete drivers

  • IBT Staff

Johns Hopkins University – Distracted Driving

ORGANIZING

We provide support to our Organizing Department and Strategic Research Department on an as needed basis.

  • Technical support
  • Regulatory enforcement
  • Safety and Health Surveys
    • Document safety and health issues
    • Support for collective bargaining for first contract

TRAINING AND EDUCATION

We provide training and education for rank and file members through our safety and health worker training program and in conjunction with the Education Department during stewards seminars.

  • Construction Safety
  • Hazardous Waste Remediation
  • Hazardous Waste Transportation
  • Radioactive Materials Transportation
  • Radioactive Waste Remediation
  • Hazardous Materials Transportation
  • Commercial Driver’s License
  • General Industry Safety and Health
  • Forklift Safety
  • Load Securement
  • Crane Safety

WE CONNECT
SAFETY & HEALTH
TO OUR MEMBERS.

SAFETY SAVES LIVES

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