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RSI Day Shareable

International Repetitive Strain Injury Awareness Day February 28

National Day of Mourning Shareables 2018

Shareables for the 2018 National Day of Mourning

Occupational Cancer Booklet

In this booklet you will find information on how you, as a Unifor activist, can help to make your workplace safer and free from cancer‑causing agents. Cancer isn’t just a workplace issue. Contaminants don’t stay contained at job sites, the poisonous substances end up in our communities through particles on our clothing, in our water and in the air through gases and more.

How the right to refuse works - Nunavut - 2017

You have the right to refuse unsafe work use it.

GE advisory committee report

The report, commissioned by a committee of former GE employees and sponsored by their union Unifor, confirms what the workers and their community have been saying for years...

Day of mourning poster

Day of mourning poster

Medical Issues: Your Right to Privacy - Occupational Health & Safety Fact Sheet

If the status of your disability is in doubt; especially if there is time loss, the company has a right to require from you a medical certificate stating 1) If you are fit or unfit, 2) If you are unfit, the nature of your limitations (e.g. no heavy lifting, no stair climbing etc.), and 3) How long your condition is likely to continue. The choice of physician is up to you.

Loss Control: 5 Star Program - Occupational Health & Safety Fact Sheet

Many workers in the manufacturing industry, hospitality industry, health care industry and retail industry work on their feet for more than half their shift. The 5 Star system of loss control rests on the theory that control of loss is a management function. Its premise is that safety should be the responsibility of line management and that loss control co-coordinators should ensure that management is complying with standards and taking action before loss occurs. It relies heavily on management reportage.

Light Duties: Who Benefits? - Occupational Health & Safety Fact Sheet

This Fact Sheet deals with the “walking wounded”, i.e. those workers who are asked by the company to come to work when they are temporarily disabled, to do so-called “light work”. Light duties (or better stated as appropriate or suitable duties) can sometimes be beneficial to a worker who is on the road to recovery from an injury or disease. Likewise the availability of an appropriate job is of great importance to a permanently disabled worker. However, performing so-called light work can be very harmful to a worker who is temporarily disabled.

How Chemicals Poison You - Occupational Health & Safety Fact Sheet

In order to understand information on chemicals you need to know how chemicals can enter and react in the body. The study of such reactions is called toxicology B the study of the nature and effects of poisons. Every industrial chemical can cause a variety of bodily reactions depending on the type, amount and route of exposure. Some chemicals will have an acute effect on the body. This means that within minutes or hours of exposure to that chemical you will have signs of poisoning. Other chemicals will have a chronic effect, which means that in the long term, perhaps even as long as 20 or 30 years after your first exposure, you can have an incurable disease of the vital organs. Cancer can take 20 or 30 years to develop after the initial exposure.