SEIU’s deep commitment to workers and their families extends to their safety and health—on and off the job. That’s why we’ve put together several booklets (listed and described below) outlining the risks and detailing what you need to protect yourself. Some of the booklets are available in PDF format. Others can be ordered from SEIU’s Fulfillment Center by calling (202) 730-7872.
In addition to the booklets, note our fact sheets on smallpox and our comprehensive list of safety and health sites below.
HIV/AIDS Protecting Ourselves, Protecting Our Patients and Residents
Health care workers are sometimes frightened by the many stories and rumors about HIV/AIDS. This colorful and highly illustrated 15-page booklet, designed so that it can also be distributed to workers with low English literacy skills, conveys the message that we can still care for our patients and residents, and protect ourselves at the same time. The concise, straightforward information in this book will put health care workers in control of the facts about HIV and AIDS. Hard copies available for $1.00 each, prepaid.
The HIV/AIDS Book: Information for Workers
The fifth edition of this comprehensive 68-page book was written for local union leaders and staff, who provide education and information about HIV and AIDS. The book provides answers to real questions union members ask at workshops and training sessions. Hard copies available for $3.00 each, prepaid.
SEIU’s Guide to Preventing Needlestick Injuries
This 1998 36-page booklet (pdf) helps health care workers collect needlestick injury data, actively participate in product evaluation committees, work with hospital administrators, file health and safety grievances, and file complaints with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) when necessary. Hard copies available for $3.00 each, prepaid.
Is Your Building Making You Sick?
This 35-page training workbook (pdf) provides SEIU members with an understanding of the causes of indoor air quality problems, and the tools to persuade employers and building owners to make indoor work environments safe and healthful. This workbook teaches workers how to work together and organize their co-workers to solve sick building syndrome problems. Hard copies available at no charge.
Mental Health White papers:
Fact sheets on Smallpox Vaccination:
Workplace safety and health sites:General Health and Safety
Bloodborne Pathogens and Preventing Needlestick Injuries
Tuberculosis (TB) and Control of Airborne Pathogens
Safe Patient Handling and Lifting (including no-lift policies)
Violence in the Workplace
Chemicals and Hazardous Drugs