You have the right to see your employer’s injury and illness records

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One of the best ways you can help resolve potential workplace safety hazards — and hold employers accountable for your on-the-job safety — is to review your employer’s annual summary of all work-related injuries, illnesses and fatalities from the past calendar year.

The state Public Employee Safety and Health (PESH) law (Section 27-a, Part 801) requires employers to post this summary, commonly known as SH-900 logos, at their work sites from Feb. 1 to April 30 each year.
Despite the dates, you have the right to see these logs at any time. The employer must provide a copy of the logs by the end of the next business day.

CSEA activists are urged to request copies of their employers’ SH-900 logs to keep track of workers’ injuries or illness, and where and how the ailments occur.

Not only will you have a record of what potential hazards are happening at your work site, but you can use them to build our union and ensure that your employers make your workplaces safer. Whether you use the logs to help negotiate stronger safety and health contract language or ensure that your employer take measures that eliminate or reduce potential hazards, these logs are valuable to us as we work to make the union stronger.

“When we have records of workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities, we can hold employers accountable for keeping workers safe on the job,” said CSEA President Danny Donohue. “Nothing is more important on our jobs than our safety and health.”

Former employees, union representatives and personal representatives (such as attorneys or health care proxy designees) can also request the logs.

For more information or help in requesting and reviewing your employer’s SH-900 logs, contact your region occupational safety and health specialist, or call the CSEA Occupational Safety and Health Department at CSEA Headquarters at (800) 342-4146, ext. 1361.

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