How to Contact a Safety Representative for USA 829
If You Have a Safety Problem on the Job
Call the Business Office immediately - 212-581-0300 - and speak to any Business Representative. The receptionist can transfer your call to the Chicago or Los Angeles office if required. New York area members, regardless of the agreement under which you are working, should speak to Beverly Miller or Pat Landers. If you send an email please include your phone number where we can reach you.
In Motion Pictures you should also report any safety issues to the employer by using the Safety Hotline numbers provided.
All reports are handled guarding your anonymity
WORKPLACE INSPECTIONS - You have a legal right to a safe and healthy workplace. Contact the office if you think your workplace (scenic shop, motion picture location, or theatre) has safety problems or OSHA violations. The union will make a site visit. If your employer has had an inspection done at your site the employer is obligated to post the report detailing what was inspected and what remediation steps were taken. You can ask the shop steward about this. A copy of this report should be shared with the Safety Representative in the union office who may further advise you of proper action that needs to be taken.
If You Need Information on Materials, Equipment or Regulations
United Scenic Artists employs nationally known Industrial Hygienist, Monona Rossol, M.S., M.F.A., as our safety consultant. Monona has been involved in providing Health and Safety advice to Scenic Artists and other theater workers since 1977, and wrote the book Stage Fright: Health and Safety in the Theater, among many others. Over the past two decades she has guided the Local in establishing and maintaining our Safety Program.
INFORMATION HOTLINE – Monona serves as your own personal consultant to provide you with hard data on hazardous materials and equipment, etc. If you need help, of course, you can call anytime, but to be sure that she will be poised by the phone, references at the ready and computer up and running, Monona has set up a weekly consult period: Wednesday from 1 - 5 pm EST. Members of Local USA 829 may email Monona or call her at 212-777-0062 (Tel) or 646-522-8604 (Cell) for information on hazardous materials and equipment, applicable laws and regulations, proper protective equipment, effects of your materials on your health or referral to occupational medical doctors. The Safety Library contains a series of articles she has written that can be a good starting point if you need information.
THE NEWSLETTER COLUMN - Appears regularly. If there is any subject you think your fellow members should hear about, let us know.
THE SAFETY LIBRARY - – is a compilation of training and educational program materials written by Monona Rossol. The Safety Library is titled by topic and is now searchable.
SAFETY TRAINING PROGRAMS - We all face hazards at work and at home. There are laws and regulations that apply, and precautions we need to take regarding these matters. To educate workers in our Industries formal training is required by OSHA. However, OSHA expects employers to provide the training. USA 829 and the IATSE have partnered with the employers and have each developed Training Programs specific to our industries. USA 829 has programs geared to both protect its workers and make them more valuable to employers who want to comply with OSHA rules. Hazard Communication (HAZCOM) Training is offered regularly by the Local and we have a curriculum that has grown to include other safety and software programs. The IA Training Trust offers an OSHA 10 class, and numerous specific classes covering topics relevant to our work in all industries. We are also very excited about a growing number of online training programs available through the IATSE Training Trust Fund. These will make training accessible to members from their devise wherever they are. We urge all members to review the curriculum and sign up for classes.
The Education Section has more details concerning USA 829 Sponsored training.