AB 314 Senate Committee Testimony

Posted by admin on March 24, 2010

WISCONSIN STATE LEGISLATIVE BOARD

BROTHERHOOD OF LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEERS & TRAINMEN

INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS

 

             ANTHONY DIMOND, CHAIRMAN

                  E9775 Buckhorn RD, Reedsburg, Wisconsin 53959 (608) 415-6020; Cell (608) 448-8175; TDJCTS@email.msn.com

 

I would like to begin by thanking chairman Plale and the entire committee for taking the time to hear about the importance of  AB 314. This bill was born out of a fundamental need for a safe working environment in regards to the spraying of pesticides and herbicides on railroad property. All parties are in agreement that the elimination of weeds on  railroad property is essential to safe operations, however, an issue arises when there is no information available regarding the chemicals used, when they are being sprayed and where these chemicals are being applied. We as rail workers, who work in the environment where these chemicals are applied, are put at a health risk when there is no information available regarding this  spraying.

 How does this bill solve this problem? This bill would provide training for the worker who works in contaminated environments, and would also demand that the worker on the front be provided with four other key pieces of information.
    1. The location and description of the area to be treated.
    2. The name of the pesticide, it’s active ingredients and it’s registration number under the federal act.
    3. The approximate time frame the pesticide will be applied.
    4. Any restricted entry interval specified on the pesticide label.

 One can see how this information would go a long way towards the rail worker being able to take measures to provide for his or her safety. The railroad is already filled with day to day hazards. We as rail workers are asking that you help eliminate one of these hazards by voting yes for AB314. Thank you .

                            Anthony Dimond                                                                            Paul Aird

                            WSLB Chairman                                                                WSLB State Political Director

 

 

 

 AMTRAK * BNSF * CPRR* CNRR* METRA * UNION PACIFIC

“SAFETY, OUR COMMITMENT”

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