“What is health and safety and what does the health and safety fund do?”
LHSFNA Executive Director Joseph C. Fowler, Jr. poses the rhetorical question, then continues, “You probably think you know the answer, but, most likely, it’s a bit more complicated and diverse than you think. There’s so much involved. It’s not easy to succinctly explain.
“However,” he says, referring to the Fund’s 16-page Publication Catalogue, “this Catalogue, in itself, offers a great explanation. Using easy-to-absorb cover photos and tight publication descriptions, it displays the full range of Fund activity. I urge you to share copies of this Catalogue with your colleagues.”
The printed Catalogue is available through the Fund’s online publications catalogue and ordering system. It is one of more than 180 manuals, brochures, pocket guides, posters, CDs, health alerts and other health and safety materials produced by the Fund’s professional and communications staff. All are available to LIUNA members, business managers, participating signatory employers and health and welfare fund administrators through the LHSFNA website.
“We consistently fill orders for the Catalogue from some of the Tri-Fund Field Coordinators,” says LHSFNA Communications Manager Steve Clark. “They say it’s the single best thing to put in front of contractors to help them appreciate the services available through our Fund.”
All LHSFNA publication files are updated whenever relevant, new information becomes available. Because files are printed only to fill specific publication orders, users always receive the most up-to-date versions. The catalogue, also, is updated whenever a new publication is available.
New Publications in 2005
In 2005, the Fund designed and published six new posters. Four were published last spring in conjunction with the launch of the annual Sun Sense campaign. They depict the dangers of skin cancer due to solar exposure on the job. The other two address the epidemic of hearing loss in construction, asking workers to protect their hearing and urging employers to help them do so.
Hurricane Katrina tore through the Gulf Coast in September and launched a swirl of production activity at the Fund. Taking some of its regular, single-topic health alerts and writing some additional ones, the Fund’s professional staff created 22 “Katrina Kards” to help refresh the health and safety consciousness of Laborers who were taking clean-up and reconstruction jobs throughout the region. The Kards were sent to Louisiana to support intensified training activity at the Livonia center in the aftermath of the hurricane.
In the area of roadway safety, the Fund produced two new brochures – Internal Traffic Control Plans and Positive Protection – as well as several new health alerts (backing safety, spotting safety and driving safely). With its partners, it also upgraded the award-winning, Roadway Safety Program CD-ROM.
In cooperation with the Laborers-AGC Education and Training Trust Fund, the LHSFNA produced a 72-page pocket guide – Toxics: a Laborer’s Guide to Dangerous Chemicals on Hazardous Waste Sites – which details the nature, use, routes of entry, effects, overexposure signs/symptoms, PPE and emergency responses to the 33 most serious chemical risks that may be encountered on a hazardous waste site.
To help promote its services, the Fund also produced a LHSFNA hard hat sticker and a contractor-oriented brochure, Can Your Site Use a Second Opinion?
In addition, the Fund revised several publications and translated 14 more health alerts into Spanish.
While printing and fulfilling orders for thousands of publications, the Fund also published its monthly online magazine, LIFELINES ONLINE. Subscribers receive a monthly email providing headlines and links to the stories. Interested readers can see the current issue and subscribe to the monthly publication notice on the LHSFNA website. A searchable database of back issues is also available at the site.