BUILT - Construction Workers' Guide

| |
BUILT- Building Trades Unions Ignite Less Tobacco

Summary Statement

A handbook on the dangers of smoking, how smoking interacts with respiratory hazards in the construction workplace, and tips on making the workplace safer as well as ways to stop smoking.Part of a collection. Click on the 'collection' button to access the other items.

 "We thought we needed ventilation because we were working with MEK. We found the MSDS online. Then we and our steward talked to the employer. The employer was reluctant, but finally agreed to ask the Cal/OSHA Consultation Service what we needed."

Information and Training About Workplace Chemicals and Other Health Hazards

Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP), University of California, Berkeley: Trains workers, unions, professionals and others on health and safety. Sells publications and videos. Free catalog is available. Free library open to the public. Offers assistance on hazardous waste, chemicals, ergonomics, young workers, etc.
    2223 Fulton Street, 4th Floor
    Berkeley, CA 94720-5120
    (510) 642-5507 • www.lohp.org
Labor Occupational Safety and Health Program (LOSH), University of California, Los Angeles: Trains workers, unions and others on health and safety. Sells publications and videos. Has a Spanish language resource library. Offers assistance on hazardous waste, chemicals, ergonomics, young workers, etc.
HESIS (Hazard Evaluation System and Information Service): A program of the California Department of Health Services. Has free library. Produces factsheets on chemicals and “Hazard Alerts” on newly recognized hazards. Provides training, education and technical assistance on workplace hazards to workers, health professionals, etc.
    1515 Clay Street, Suite 1901
    Oakland, CA 94612
    (510) 622-4317 (English) • (510) 622-4318 (Spanish)
    (510) 622-4328 (publications) • (510) 622-4310 (fax)
American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH): Publishes technical health and safety information, including an “Industrial Ventilation Manual,” information on “threshold limit values” (the limits of safe exposure) for hundreds of hazardous chemicals, and many other publications. Ask for their publication catalog.
    1330 Kemper Meadow Drive, Suite #600
    Cincinnati, Ohio 45240
    Phone: (513) 742-2020. • www.acgih.org
Santa Clara Center for Occupational Safety and Health (SCCOSH)
    760 North First Street, 2 nd Floor
    San Jose, CA 95112
    (408) 998-4050 • Email: SCCOSH@igc.org
    c/o San Francisco Labor Council
    1188 Franklin Street #203
    San Francisco, CA 94109
    (510) 302-1071 • www.worksafe.org
Information about Workplace Health And Safety Laws

California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA): Enforces workplace health and safety regulations and inspects workplaces. Has free publications and some videos. Consultation Service assists employers. Safety standards are online.
California Labor Code Online: Website with full text of all California laws, including the Labor Code.
State Labor Commissioner, Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, Department of Industrial Relations: Provides information about employment rights, discrimination and wrongful firings. Takes worker complaints about discrimination for health and safety activity, and will investigate them. There are several offices throughout the state. Check for local phone numbers in your phone book. Look in the State Government Pages under “California, State of, Industrial Relations Department, Labor Standards Enforcement.”
California Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Workers’ Compensation, Information and Assistance Unit: Provides information on benefits and medical care for workplace illness or injury.
    (800) 736–7401
Other legal referrals: Most cities or counties have Legal Aid Societies and Bar Associations. Check your phone book for local listings.
Labor Organizations

State Building and Construction Trades Council of California
: Has printed and online materials on construction safety and legislation. Sponsors health and safety training sessions. Does policy work concerning health and safety in construction trades.
    921 - 11th Street, Suite 400 (Will be moving as of 7/1/01)
    Sacramento, CA 95814.
    (916) 443-3302 • www.sbctc.org • email: sbctc@sbctc.org
Specific Building Trades Locals: Each city and county has a number of local Unions for construction workers, such as Ironworkers, Electricians, Plumbers, Roofers, etc. Check your Yellow Pages under “Labor Organizations” for the listings in your area.
CPWR – Center for Construction Research and Training: The research and development institute of the Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO. Has Hazard Alerts in English and Spanish, and many other safety publications online.
Information on Smoking and Health

BUILT Project (Building Trades Unions Ignite Less Tobacco): An educational program in the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California. It educates and assists union members through local unions, health and welfare trust funds, joint apprenticeship training committees and labor-management committees. BUILT also provides speakers for union/committee meetings and information and literature about the health effects of tobacco, secondhand smoke and the workplace smoking law
    921 – 11th Street, Suite 110
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    (916) 442-8368 • email: built@sbctc.org
California Smokers’ Helpline: This program provides free and confidential telephone counseling to help you quit smoking or chewing tobacco.
    (800) 662-8887 (English)
    (800) 456-6386 (Spanish)
    (800) 400-9866 (Mandarin and Cantonese)
    (800) 778-8440 (Vietnamese)
    (800) 556-5564 (Korean)
    (800) 933-4833 (TDD/TTY)
    (800) 844-2439 (Chewing Tobacco)
Your local public health department: Check the County Government section of your phone book.
Internet Resources on Construction

Material Safety Data Sheet Archive: Information about specific chemicals.
NYSafety.org: Has a list of factsheets and articles, most available online. Set the “Occupations” box to Construction to see construction-related materials.
WorkSafe from Workers’ Compensation Board of British Columbia, Canada: Has ergonomics factsheets for construction.

Internet Resources on Tobacco

Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada: Has information about what’s in tobacco and what the health effects of tobacco are. You can find out how much of a specific chemical you’ve inhaled when smoking.
Center for Disease Control Tobacco Information and Prevention Source: The official site of the Surgeon General Reports. Has research and much more.
Tobacco Control News and Information: Has a good search mechanism.

The TRUTH website: A high-tech, interactive site.

Back to Table of Contents