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.

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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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CWA Health & Safety Committee Minutes

New OSHA Safety and Health Program Guidelines Issued

October 19, 2016 — News

OSHA is releasing its new Safety and Health Program Guidelines (which they are calling Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs). The comprehensive guidelines replace OSHA’s 1989 guidelines.

OSH Committee Minutes

TMC partnership members take course on infectious diseases

October 3, 2016 — News

Representatives from the Tony Mazzocchi Center partnership participated in Infectious Disease Awareness training facilitated by Industrial Hygienist Bernie Mizula in Queens, N.Y., Sept. 7-9, 2016. Communications Workers of America (CWA) health care and airline workers; Make the Road New York (MRNY) and Wind of the Spiritmembers; and TMC staff and worker-trainers experienced classroom and full dress out activities during the course.

September 29, 2016 — Press Release

CWA Filing Documents Verizon's Systemic and Continued Neglect of Telephone Infrastructure

The Communications Workers of America (CWA) today served testimony with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission as part of the union’s petition for a public investigation into the safety and reasonableness of service provided by Verizon Communications to Pennsylvania customers.

September 15, 2016 — News

Fighting for Our Safety and Health

CWAers gathered in Pittsburgh, Pa., this week for the 2016 Health, Safety, and Environment Conference.

September 15, 2016 — News

CWA Will Never Forget Victims of September 11 Attack

A statement by the Communications Workers of America as our nation marked the 15th anniversary of the horrific attacks that senselessly took the lives of thousands of people on Sept. 11, 2001.