AFSCME Local 328
4006 Barbur Blvd, Portland, OR 97239
ARTICLE 27 - HEALTH AND SAFETY
ARTICLE 27. HEALTH AND SAFETY
Health and Safety Standards. The Employer agrees to abide by standards of safety and health in accordance with federal and state regulations, and will ensure that employees are provided with appropriate information and training in order to comply with such regulations and with applicable Employer policies and procedures. The Union encourages employees to work safely, to follow established safety and health rules, and to report to their supervisor or Environmental Health and Radiation Safety (EHRS) all safety or health risks. All employees are encouraged to utilize the services of the Program as a consultative resource for all safety, health and environmental issues..
OSHA Safety Committee. An OSHA Safety Committee (OSC) shall be established in order to make safety policy recommendations, to implement and provide oversight of the policy, and to assist in the resolution of health and safety problems referred to it by area, department or unit. The OSC shall be comprised of equal numbers of OHSU employees and Employer representatives as spelled out in the Committee Charter. At least 40% of the OHSU employees shall be from the AFSCME bargaining unit, with one of those employees being appointed by the Union. Committee members will work cooperatively toward identification and resolution of work place safety, health and environmental issues to minimize the risk, danger and potential loss to OHSU human resources.
Safety Devices and Clothing. Proper safety devices and clothing shall be purchased and provided by the Employer for all employees engaged in work where such devices are necessary to meet the requirements of the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (OR-OSHA). Employees will be trained prior to use in such safety devices and clothing. Such equipment, where provided, must be used.
Refusal to Perform Allegedly Unsafe Work. If an employee claims that an assigned job, or assigned equipment, is unsafe or might unduly endanger his/her health, and for that reason refuses to do that job or use the equipment, the employee shall immediately give, in writing, his/her reasons for this conclusion to his/her supervisor. Where a health and safety determination has already been made, the supervisor shall contact EHRS to assure that the prior determination still applies. If no determination exists, the supervisor shall request EHRS to make an immediate determination as to the safety of the job or equipment in question.
State involvement. If further information or clarification is needed, EHRS may contact OR-OSHA for assistance. A Union Representative or Steward, EHRS Representative and the supervisor may accompany the governmental agency representative and employee during this determination.
Impact on employee pending determination. Pending determination provided for in this section, the employee shall be given suitable work by the supervisor. If no suitable work is available, the employee shall be placed on leave of absence. Time lost by the employee as a result of any refusal to perform work on the grounds that it is unsafe or might unduly endanger his/her health shall not be paid by the Employer unless the employee’s claim is upheld.
Ergonomics. Employees and supervisors are expected to seek resources and information to prevent injury using the OHSU Ergonomics Program, which can be found on the EHRS website. Ergonomic assessments related to a medical condition will be conducted by EHRS upon written request of the employee to his/her supervisor.
Work with Dangerous Materials. Any employee who will disturb or damage or work with friable asbestos-containing materials, chemical, radiological, and/or infectious materials in the regular or incidental course of duties will be trained as to the proper procedures to follow. No employee shall be required to work around these substances without proper training and protective equipment.
Exposure to Serious Communicable Disease. If in the conduct of official duties, an employee is exposed to serious communicable disease which would require immunization or testing, and if immunization or testing will prevent such disease from occurring, the employee, with prior approval of the Employer, shall be provided immunization against or testing for such communicable disease without cost to the employee.
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