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Post-Conference Recap: April 2022




Welcome to the Safety Net, CSEA’s official safety and health network! We hope you find our monthly newsletter fun, engaging, and informative. Our goal is to gain visibility and inspire safety activism in all work settings. Readers truly resonate with your shared stories, questions, and concerns. Featuring member-submitted content can inspire others to forge new connections and take action. We encourage your participation and appreciate having the opportunity to acknowledge our diverse membership.

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Write to “Dear Bernie” expressing your questions/concerns relating to workplace safety and health and receive advice from our OSH professionals!

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New & Updated Safety Resources

Clean Up Safety mobile app now available!

The app is full of great information for anyone engaged in any sanitation or cleanup operations. The information can also help you at home to help keep you and your family safe!

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CSEA’s Occupational Safety & Health Activist’s Guide to Safety in the Workplace

This guide is full of great information and resources designed to directly assist safety activists in the field. Whether you are looking for inspection checklists, sample letters to request safety and health information, or information on how to make the best arguments to win workplace improvements, you can refer to the Activist’s Guide.

View/Download by visiting or contact us to order print copies.

Monthly Subscriber Prize Drawing

Winners for the month of May have been drawn and we notified them by email. If you were a winner, you must respond to the confirmation email by the end of the month to claim your prize.



Workers Memorial Day, celebrated on April 28 (the date the OSH Act of 1970 was signed, creating the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration), is a day to remember and honor the more than 5,000 workers who are killed or injured on the job, and the thousands of workers who lives were cut short from occupational disease. CSEA members work in some of the most dangerous environments and endure countless hazards to provide essential services. CSEA honored fallen members in Saratoga Springs, but we encourage you to participate in local worker memorial services in your area.


For more information on events near you, or to view/download WMD materials and toolkit, visit


CSEA members’ quick thinking, actions save lives
By Mathew L. Cantore

ALDEN — CSEA Western New York DDSO Local members are being honored for their quick actions in saving individuals’ lives after a fire broke out at an state Office For People With Developmental Disabilities residential facility in Alden. Read more

This story also appeared in the AFSCME blog on March 31, 2022.



Thank you to all who attended this year’s CSEA Statewide Conference on Occupational Safety and Health, whether virtually or in-person, we appreciate your participation in making it a memorable experience! We would also like to acknowledge our Standing Safety and Health Committee for helping plan a safe and enjoyable event and taking part, along with our other member volunteers, onsite in Saratoga. We extend our sincere gratitude for your time and support!

As CSEA’s first hybrid conference, we’re humbled by the outstanding virtual attendance and revitalized after seeing everyone in Saratoga come together again. Reaching more than 700 participants and covering nearly 40 topics, we’re already seeing the impact as new leaders and activist take action in organizing safety committees and trainings in their workplaces.

Let’s continue to Educate, Activate, and Motivate!

Meet our Award Recipient

Congratulations to Sue Spain! This year’s recipient of the Bill McGowan Award, our union’s highest honor awarded to CSEA’s most outstanding safety and health activists.

Sue Spain is an activist in Saratoga County Educational Local 864 and President of CSEA Ballston Spa Central School District Unit 8455 whose exemplary efforts contributed and continue to improve worker safety. Read more about Sue on our conference page:

Virtual Participant Mailing

Keep an eye out: All virtual attendees will receive a giveaway package containing vendor items, a conference pin and a CSEA blanket!

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CSEA Occupational Safety & Health Specialists can provide training, technical assistance, labor-management services, and even help establish a safety and health committee in your workplace.



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The Safety Net is published as a monthly publication by the Occupational Safety and Health Department of CSEA, AFSCME, Local 1000, AFL-CIO.