Active Intruder, Heroin/Opioid & Workplace Bullying Training Now Available

CSEA is excited to announce the launch of three new safety and health trainings! These hot topics are bound to attract a large number of attendees and can reach not only activists, but members that have not been active in the union before.  In addition to the key facts everyone needs to know about these topics, each training will also include important updates about CSEA and why we must Never Quit!  The length of each session can be customized to fit your needs-30 minutes to 2 hours depending on how in depth you wish the training to be.

Perfect for:

  • Lunch and Learns
  • Membership Meetings
  • Tailgate Training
  • Meeting New Members
  • Spreading the Message to Never Quit CSEA!

Current Topics Available

  • Active Intruder
  • The Heroin/Opioid Epidemic
  • Workplace Bullying

Contact your OSH Specialist to schedule a training.

Even more hot topic training will be announced soon. Check back to see what will be coming next!

    Active Intruder (Shooter)

    Active Intruder (Shooter) events have very little chance of happening in our workplaces, however it is important for workers and their employers to be prepared in case they do occur. On October 15, 1992, an active intruder entered the Schuyler County Office Building and fatally shot four public employees over child support payments that were being garnered from his wages.  The risk factor of being in a position of authority or a perceived position of authority over the public is a known risk factor for workplace violence.  Because of this incident and others across the country, New York State Public Employers must have workplace violence prevention and emergency preparedness programs in place.

    Click here to download the Active Intruder Fact Sheet

    Active Intruder Information

    Active Shooter Mitigation and Planning Guide For Employers – NYPD


    Workplace Violence Prevention Resources

    Emergency Action Plan Resources

    Emergency Action Plan Template-CDC/NIOSH



      The Heroin/Opioid Epidemic

      The heroin/opioid epidemic is not only affecting our families and communities, but our workplaces as well.  As public employees, hazards associated with opioid use are becoming more common as the epidemic grows. Employers must put protections in place to ensure a safe and healthy workplace against the associated hazards such as exposure to workplace violence and bloodborne pathogens.

      Click here to download  The Heroin Opioid Epidemic Fact Sheet

      Resources for Addiction Help

      More Informational Sources on Heroin/Opioid Use and Addiction

      Naloxone Information

      Bloodborne Pathogen Information

      OSHA-BBP Employer Requirements

      OSHA BBP – PPE-Factsheet

      Hepatitis A, B, C Information

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      Workplace Violence Prevention Information

      Workplace Violence Annual Requirements

        Slow Down to Get Around

        Sanitation workers have a difficult and vital job that keeps our communities clean and safe.  Slow Down to Get Around is our new campaign to help out our brothers and sisters who are getting injured and killed at an alarming rate.  Click here to find out how you can help!SlowDownToGetAround_web

          Information about Zika

          Zika virus is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito. The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting up to a week, and many people do not have symptoms or will have only mild symptoms. However, Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause a serious birth defect called microcephaly and other severe brain defects.Many people infected with Zika virus won’t have symptoms or will only have mild symptoms. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, conjunctivitis (red eyes), muscle pain and headache. Zika is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week. People usually don’t get sick enough to go to the hospital, and they very rarely die of Zika. For this reason, many people might not realize they have been infected. Symptoms of Zika are similar to other viruses spread through mosquito bites. West Nile Virus is a much more likely virus for New Yorkers to be infected with. Mosquito to person transmission has not yet occurred in New York State, however person to person sexual transmission has occurred in New York.  For workplace settings, OSHA and PESH are treating Zika as a bloodborne pathogen and that standard applies to working around people infected with the Zika virus.  For more information on how your employer should protect you from the potential threat of Zika virus and for personal precautions that can be taken when traveling visit the following websites:

          Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

          CDC Outdoor Worker Factsheet

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            CSEA Activist’s Guide to Safety and Health in the Workplace

            The new guide contains important information for all health and safety activists.  It covers forming health and safety committees, training guidance, the best arguments for safety and health and much more!

            Activist’s Guide to Safety & Health

              Edge on Ice

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              Working on or near traveled roads is one of the most dangerous environments for CSEA members. CSEA members are primarily responsible for clearing the roads across the state in winter weather. CSEA’s 2015 Edge on Ice safety campaign reminds drivers of the valuable, necessary public service to the community by raising awareness and making the roads safer for everyone. In addition to the number of hazards of winter roadwork itself, more than ever road workers are dealing with distracted and impaired drivers.

              Get an inside look: watch videos, before, during and after the storm…


                Work Zone Safety Resources


                Working on or near traveled roads is one of the most dangerous environments for CSEA members. In addition to the number of hazards of the industry itself road workers are now forced to dodge distracted and impaired drivers.

                • There is a work zone fatality every 10 hours or 2.3 fatalities per day.*
                • Additionally, there is a work zone injury every 13 minutes or 110 per day.*
                • 45 CSEA members have been killed working on New York’s roads since 1983.

                (* Source: US Dept. of Transportation Federal Highway Administration)

                Download a copy of the MUTCD

                Work Zone All Hazards: For CSEA members that work on active roads. Participants will be exposed to information and knowledge about all the other related hazards to road work such as; heavy equipment, ergonomics, hazardous materials, lead, asbestos, insects, poisonous plants, welding and more! For more information check out the safety and health training page OR contact your OSH Specialist for help.

                Distracted Driving; Don’t Zone Out: For all CSEA members. Participants will learn of the dangers of distracted driving, why using in car technologies are so dangerous and how drivers are affected by these devices. For more information check out the safety and health training page or contact your OSH Specialist for help.

                CSEA’s Don’t Zone Out Campaign

                Drivers today are more distracted than ever. Many drivers aren’t focused on their driving; they are talking, texting, or doing something else while driving. In addition, drivers have become more aggressive than ever. Roads in the U.S. have become very dangerous places because of distracted and aggressive drivers. Did you know in 2008, distracted drivers killed almost 6,000 people? (source: National Highway Transportation Safety Association) The American Automobile Association estimates that 56% of all fatal crashes are caused by aggressive drivers.


                Information to help fight distracted driving and make our roads safer.

                Work Zone and Distracted Driving Fact Sheet

                CSEA’s Work Zone Safety and Distracted Driver Campaign

                A Family’s Grief – Your Car is Like a Weapon [A true story of a NYS DOT employee]

                Texting While Driving: How Dangerous is it? – CAR and DRIVER

                Crashed and Burned; A look at distracted driving in Nassau County


                Useful Information and Links

                NYS DOT Transportation Safety Page

                New York State Education Department’s Driver & Traffic Safety Education web-page

                Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee

                US DOT Federal Highway Administration Safety Page

                National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

                American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA)


                Work The National Work Zone Safety Clearinghouse

                AAA Distracted Driving Page

                University of Vermont Legislative Research Service Report on Distracted Driving

                University of Utah Applied Cognition Laboratory Report on Distracted Driving

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                  Flu Season Requirements for NYS Healthcare Facilities

                  The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health published a fact sheet outlining the various requirements for healthcare facilities in New York to manage seasonal flu.  Follow this link to download the New Flu Season Requirements for NYS Healthcare Facilities Fact Sheet.

                    Workplace Violence Fact Sheets

                    Two New Fact Sheets Available For Download


                    The Occupational Safety and Health Department has created two new fact sheets to help prevent workplace violence.


                    General Requirements Fact Sheet Final Draft WPV General Fact SheetThis fact sheet outlines the basic requirements of the New York State Public Employer Workplace Violence Prevention Regulation.  All affected employers must be in compliance with all parts of this rule.  If your employer has failed to implement an effective workplace violence prevention program contact your local or unit president and your Regional Occupational Safety and Health Specialist.


                    Annual and Special Reqirements Fact Sheet

                    Final Draft WPV Annual and Special ReqirementsThis fact sheet discusses annual and special requirements of the New York State Public Employer Workplace Violence Prevention Regulation.  Each year all affected employers must train all employees and conduct a thorough program review.  Certain employers who have developing patterns of violence may have to attempt to establish protocols with local law enforcement.   If your employer has failed to conduct required training OR has failed to complete required program reviews contact your local or unit president and your Regional Occupational Safety and Health Specialist.