Apr
04
2014
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Illinois VA

The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), the largest federal employee union, is pressing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to take a closer look at reports regarding the finding of Legionella bacteria at the Edward Hines Jr. Veterans Affairs Hospital in Illinois.

On Feb. 28 of this year, AFGE sent a letter to Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, requesting that OSHA investigate further and ensure that procedures have been set for regular testing and remediation protocol are ready if necessary.

“AFGE wants proper testing and effective remediation for the safety of our members and the veterans we serve,” said David Cox Sr., the AFGE National President.  “If the VA is to stand by its delivery of world-class care, it must be diligent in maintaining its facilities and protecting those who are treated and work in its hospitals and other sites.”

 

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