2016 Year of Health and Safety

Troy Winters | CUPE Health and Safety

The Strategic Directions document approved at the 2015 CUPE National Convention calls for 2016 to be the Year of Health and Safety. To promote health and safety, CUPE will support each division holding a Health and Safety Conference in 2016. CUPE will also be providing educational materials and staff assistance to each division putting together a conference.

To coincide with the Year of Health and Safety, CUPE will be launching the new Health and Safety Learning Series. Modelled after the successful Steward Learning Series, the new Health and Safety Learning Series will include a nine-hour introductory course and a selection of three-hour modules. The three-hour modules have been designed to be run at the convenience of the locals.

Following the introduction, participants will then be encouraged to take the four skills courses (inspections, law, committees, and investigations) followed by the perspectives courses (women’s health and safety, international health and safety, mental injuries) and prevention courses (violence, musculoskeletal injuries, and harassment).

There are currently 10 modules completed, and the Health and Safety branch will continue to work with the Union Development Department to develop more. Modules currently in development include challenging oppression, mobilising members, infection control, air quality, and more.

To access the courses, speak to your CUPE servicing representative or your regional union development education representative. Stay tuned for more details as the Year of Health and Safety is rolled out.

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