Environmental Health and Safety

PSC Environmental Health and Safety (PSC EHS), a committee of the Executive Council, serves our members by helping to identify health, safety and environmental issues that could cause problems in our working environment. The committee (aka HS Watchdogs) works with members and with local chapters to investigate and motivate management to fulfill their legal obligation to provide an environment free of occupational hazards. We believe that work should not be dangerous to our health, and that sustainable environments support sustainable (healthy) people.

A healthy and safe working environment is a right and not a privilege. Here are some of the ways that the PSC Environmental Health and Safety Watchdogs can help you and others in your chapter:

A SAFE RETURN TO CAMPUS DURING COVID-19

TRAININGS AND WORKSHOPS (tailored to your chapter’s problems)

  • Workplace Violence Prevention (WVP) and the new WVP Standard
  • Preparing for and avoiding campus construction hazards
  • Know your health and safety rights in preparing for labor-management
  • Meetings
  • Workload and stress; its health and safety implications
  • Anti-bullying

SUGGESTED SPEAKERS FOR MEETINGS

  • Green buildings
  • Sustainable campus environments
  • Workplace Violence Prevention standard (NY State)

INVESTIGATIONS OF CAMPUS PROBLEMS AND POTENTIAL PROBLEMS

  • Walk through new buildings with chapter members when they are opening
  • Walk through specific areas on campus with chapter members to investigate reported problems
  • Walk through areas with chapter members to assess workplace violence hazards

REPORTING PROBLEMS (List of commonly reported problems)

  • Noxious Odors
  • Sick Building Syndrome
  • Poor Ventilation: afternoon sleepiness.
  • Air Quality problems
  • Molds and Water Stains
  • Blood or Body Fluid Spills; airborne pathogens, needles
  • Flaking Paint -- Exposed Asbestos
  • Chemical Hygiene Problems
  • Safety and Security Issues

If you have a problem on your campus, please report it immediately to your Building and Grounds Department and/or Security and copy your PSC Chapter Chairperson. CUNY campus administrations have online systems for reporting problems. A list of union Health and Safety representatives by campus is available here.

Send us a copy using this form or by emailing hswatchdogs@pscmail.org; or call us: 212-354-1252 ext. 208 and ask for the Environmental Health and Safety Desk.