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CUPE members face a wide range of on-the-job health and safety hazards. Our union continues to reaffirm health and safety as a vital part of our work by providing tools and resources to CUPE members to encourage activism; continuing to research, educate and communicate with members about current and emerging health and safety hazards; bargaining health and safety into collective agreements as part of our free collective bargaining plan; and providing member health and safety training at all levels.

Our ongoing activities include:

  • Maintaining up-to-date information banks and reference material on hazardous substances.
  • Providing CUPE organizations with detailed information regarding on-the-job hazards.
  • Developing and assisting in health and safety and occupational disease surveys;
  • Assisting the union to obtain more progressive health and safety legislation at the provincial and federal levels.
  • Advising CUPE national and regional committees on issues related to health and safety.
  • Developing and delivering CUPE’s weeklong health and safety course and other training to CUPE members.