Health and Safety


ChemHat, a "must read" for CWA occupational safety and health activists and leaders, is a joint production of the Blue-Green Alliance, CWA, and the United Steelworkers. This excellent presentation demystifies technical information regarding chemical occupational and environmental hazards as well as the need to move towards the use of safer, alternative products.
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OSH Conference 2016The Health, Safety & Environment Conference will be Sept. 12-16, 2016 at the Westin Convention Center & Hotel in Pittsburgh, PA.


The CWA Occupational Safety and Health Department has as its primary responsibility the elimination/minimization of member exposure to hazardous working conditions and potentially related injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. The Department’s primary areas of activity include:

  • Promoting the awareness of occupational and environmental safety and health issues and concerns,
  • Training CWA members in occupational safety and health recognition and control, and
  • Developing an ongoing comprehensive workplace safety and health program.

The primary work functions of the department include:

  • The identification of member workplace safety and health needs,
  • The development and use of information and communication tools including the CWA Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Webpage,  
  • The development and dissemination of educational and training materials that target the elimination/minimization of hazardous working conditions experienced by CWA members,
  • The provision of technical assistance that addresses specific member workplace safety and health hazards,
  • Conducting and sponsoring both generalized and specialized occupational safety and health education and training classes/programs for CWA leaders and occupational safety and health activists, and
  • Conducting and sponsoring survey and scientific research specific to the workplace safety and health hazards encountered by the Union’s members.

These activities are achieved through the development and use of a coordinated approach within CWA involving headquarters personnel as well as national, district, and local officers, leaders, and occupational safety and health activists.

Related News

CWA Health & Safety Committee Minutes

OSHA's final rule to 'nudge' employers to prevent workplace injuries, illnesses

May 12, 2016 — News

CWA applauds the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) development and adoption of a final rule revising the Agency's regulation on Injury and Illness Reporting Requirements.

e-Newsletter

On Workers' Memorial Day and Every Day, CWAers Fight for Safe Jobs

April 28, 2016 — News

CWA members marked Workers' Memorial Day with solemn remembrances of co-workers killed, hurt or sickened on the job, and determination to end the toll of workplace injuries.

April 28, 2016 — Press Release

CWA: Workplace Dangers, Deaths Raise Call for Safer Jobs

Members of the Communications Workers of America are marking Workers’ Memorial Day, April 28, with solemn remembrances of co-workers killed, hurt or sickened on the job, and determination to end the toll of workplace injuries.

    April 27, 2016 — Press Release

    Safety Violations Run Rampant as Verizon Fails to Maintain Network

    As the Verizon strike enters its third week, more and more incidents of replacement workers endangering themselves and the public are coming to light. Basic safety practices aren't being followed as unqualified managers and contractors hang cables, place poles and operate heavy equipment.

    April 27, 2016 — News

    CWA District 2-13 Occupational Safety and Health Conference Call

    CWA District 2-13 Occupational Safety and Health Conference Call Monday, March 14, 2016 from 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. Call-In Number- 888-636-3807 Access Code- 5568700