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  • What is an exposure?
    Updated On: Oct 01, 2021

    Please find below the definition of exposure per OSHA regulation 1910.1020(c)(8), in regards to your rights as a worker as defined by OSHA.

    "Exposure" or "exposed" means that an employee is subjected to a toxic substance or harmful physical agent in the course of employment through any route of entry (inhalation, ingestion, skin contact or absorption, etc.), and includes past exposure and potential (e.g., accidental or possible) exposure, but does not include situations where the employer can demonstrate that the toxic substance or harmful physical agent is not used, handled, stored, generated, or present in the workplace in any manner different from typical non-occupational situations.

    https://www.osha.gov/laws-regs/regulations/standardnumber/1910/1910.1020

    • If you feel that you have been exposed to a hazardous material, smoke, bodily fluid, COVID 19, or any other airborne disease or substance that poses a threat to your health and safety, please fill out an exposure form.

    Also, federal law entitles you to a safe workplace. Your employer must keep your workplace free of known health and safety hazards. You have the right to speak up about hazards without fear of retaliation. You also have the right to:

    • Receive workplace safety and health training in a language you understand
    • Work on machines that are safe
    • Receive required safety equipment, such as gloves or a harness and lifeline for falls
    • Be protected from toxic chemicals
    • Request an OSHA inspection, and speak to the inspector
    • Report an injury or illness, and get copies of your medical records
    • Review records of work-related injuries and illnesses
    • See results of tests taken to find workplace hazards

    https://www.osha.gov/workers

    Please also find that there is an exposure form located on this platform to assist us in the documentation of workplace exposures. 

    http://www.iafflocals2.org/index.cfm?zone=/unionactive/form_page.cfm&formID=106387

    Any questions please reach out to a member of the health and safety committee (Gould, Serino, McKinnon, Tirado, Carney, Leger). 

    Fraternally, 

    Sister Gould


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