Workers' Guide to Health and Safety

Jailer, Todd: Meloy-Mara, Miriam: Robbins, Maggie
Publisher:  Hesperian Health Guides
Year Published:  2015  
Pages:  564 pp   Price:  $25 (pbk.)   ISBN:  9780942364712
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX20993

Accessible guide to occupational safety. Provides essential tools to support employees, health promoters and union organizers in their efforts to create safer and healthier workplaces.

Abstract: 
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Publisher's Description:

Work--how we spend most of our waking hours--has a huge effect on our health and our ability to care for ourselves, our families, and our communities. But in many factories around the world, workers face conditions that harm their health, endanger their lives, and keep them poor. The Workers' Guide to Health and Safety makes occupational safety and health information accessible to those most affected by --workplace hazards-- the workers themselves. From ergonomics, machine injuries, and chemical exposure to low wages, sexual harassment, abuse of migrant workers, and access to health care, this fully illustrated book draws on the experiences of factory workers and their communities to provide tools to organize for short- and long-term improvements. It offers illustrative activities and stories from workers and organizers that provide resources for training and ideas to help solve common workplace problems.

The guide also includes an extensive chemical index that presents complex information in an easy-to-understand format. The index allows workers to identify chemicals and understand their short-term and chronic health effects, and to propose protective methods, including substituting safer chemicals, improving ventilation and using the correct protective equipment.