Summer 2011 Issue
June 27, 2011

Short takes: Summer safety key

Source: NYSUT United

Summer safety key

Want to make sure your family is safe during thunderstorms? That you are using insect repellent wisely? What exactly causes swimmer's ear, and heat stress? Find answers to many concerns about how to stay healthy and safe during the summer months at You can even take a sun safety quiz.

Field directory available

For information about many health and safety workplace issues, NYSUT has compiled an Occupational Health and Safety Resources Field Directory. Visit to find out about asbestos, lead, mold, indoor air quality, ergonomics and much more. The directory provides contact information for different organizations and agencies that deal with each of those concerns, along with many others.

NYCOSH at your service

Check out for updates about ongoing workshops on health and safety issues in the workplace, ranging from workers compensation guidelines and safe patient handling to industrial hygiene. NYCOSH also provides on-site services, working with unions to protect and extend labor unions' rights to ensure safe and healthful workplaces for their members. NYCOSH provides training and technical assistance to its member unions and distributes information on new developments in the field of worker safety and health. NYSUT members may also contact Wendy Hord, health and safety specialist, at

Nurses rank high

When it comes to honesty and ethics among working professionals, nurses are at the top. That's according to Gallup's annual honesty and ethics survey. For the 11th year in a row, nurses have outranked other professionals in the survey. When asked, 81 percent of Americans say nurses have "very high" or "high" honesty and ethics standards. Check out the full results at

Posters for healthy environment

A new educational poster series is here from the Community Integrated Pest Management Working Group of the Northeastern IPM Center and University of Maryland Extension. There is a series of 8 posters on sustainable lawn care and 15 posters on low-input, sustainable plants for landscapes. The downloadable posters link will help the sponsors collect impact information. The main information page is