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.
Download the presentation.
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National COSH Conference in Baltimore, MD Dec 6-8, 2016.

The National Coalition on Occupational Safety and Health is holding its annual conference December 6-8, 2016 at the Maritime Institute near Baltimore, MD. This is a national conference that brings together safety and health activists from national and local unions, COSH groups, worker centers and others in the safety and health movement. It provides a terrific opportunity to learn about latest safety and health developments and initiatives that are happening at the national, state and local level; meet new people; share experiences; and strategize with others about tackling problems and launching new campaigns and initiatives.

Click here for more information about the National COSH conference (including registration information).


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.

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