James Samuels, right, discusses safety concerns with CSEA OSH Specialist Jeff Hyman, left.

BAYVILLE — CSEA offers members many different occupational safety and health trainings at no cost to our members to help reduce the risk of injury, illness and death on the job.

One of those trainings is the Clean-Up Safety class.

Recently, a group of members from the Village of Bayville Unit’s sanitation and highway departments gathered together at village hall to attend the Clean-up Safety class and to discuss the numerous hazards members face on the job.

Items like nails, yard waste and chemicals can be very harmful to our members if they unknowingly come in contact with them while attempting to dispose of waste.

One member mentioned that he wound up with scratches along his arm after making an effort to throw out a black bag that he was unaware consisted of broken glass.

Paul Iannotta reviews the Clean-Up Safety training manual.

Another member told a story about an explosion occurring because someone put kerosene in an unmarked black garbage bag.

These are just a few of the hazards that our members face during their shifts.

When you factor in exposure to insects, bodily fluids and disposing of vermin, it’s no wonder that the Clean-Up Safety class is necessary.

If you are interested in having any of the OSH trainings made available to your local or unit, call the Long Island Region office at 631-462-0030 and ask for CSEA Occupational Safety and Health Specialist Jeff Hyman, who covers our region.

— Wendi Bowie

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Wendi Bowie

Wendi Bowie is an award-winning journalist who has focused the majority of her career on covering Long Island news. Her efforts have earned her the Press Club of Long Island Media Award for Public Affairs and the Long Island Coalition for Fair Broadcasting Folio Award. Wendi was drawn to her current position as Communications Specialist for CSEA’s Long Island Region because it speaks to her strong desire to champion the rights of the common man and woman.

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