Unifor has launched a hub for member information about the pandemic at unifor.org/COVID19 and encourages members to check the site regularly for updates.
The Unifor Health, Safety and Environment department is responsible for the content of health and safety training programs, campaigns for better laws and enforcement, provides information on workplace substances and programs to eliminate and control hazardous workplace conditions.
Health & Safety Conference
4th Unifor National H&S Conference 2022
September 30 – October 2, 2022
Family Education Center, Port Elgin, ON
Workplace Mental Health - Be Safe and Feel Safe
Worker stress is at an all-time high and needs to be addressed with increased evaluation, identification and mitigation. A greater awareness is needed and resources made available to those workers identified as in need. We will explore short term adaptations while building long term preventive solutions.
Prepare for a weekend of innovative and thought provoking discussions and ways to help yourself tackle the changing world of work and help your membership thrive in these unstable times.
Repetitive Strain Injury Day
Repetitive Strain Injury Day this year falls on February 28, a day to mark the importance of proper workspaces and ergonomic equipment. With many people working from home due to the pandemic, the issue has taken on a new dimension.
Please read this year’s statement on Repetitive Strain Injury Day, and check out the factsheets on preventing RSI:
- Unifor RSI Day Statement 2022
- Protecting your back
- Protecting your hands, wrists and arms
- Protecting your shoulders
- Protecting your feet
- Working on your feet
April 28 National Day of Mourning
Each day we benefit from the labour of thousands of essential workers who give large proportions of their lives to provide us with everything that makes up modern life, from power to textile. And every year, hundreds suffer injury or illness because of their working conditions. Some of these workers die on the job.
“Mourn the Dead, Fight for the Living”
The slogan for the Day of Mourning reflects the need to remember those who have lost their lives but also contains a strong reminder of the need to press for improvements in health and safety in our workplaces, ensuring workers are protected from the workplace hazards that lead to preventable, needless deaths, serious injury or illness.
Read the 2022 Day of Mourning Statement which includes memoriam for the Unifor members lost to workplace death this year.
Bud Jimmerfield Award
Nominations are now open for 2022!
“Don't mourn my death, fight for the living.”
This is the challenge that Bud Jimmerfield passed on to all Unifor brothers and sisters prior to his death.
Do you know someone who exemplifies this commitment to health and safety in the workplace? Nominate them now!
The recipient must demonstrate strong leadership and a proven commitment to prevent future occupational diseases, deaths, and injuries, be a current Unifor member and be nominated by their Local union leadership or Local unit/workplace leadership.
Read about the 2021 Bud Jimmerfield award recipient, Ed Steers from Local 199, who received his award at the Ontario Regional Council.
- Accident and Incident Investigation
- Climate Change and Our Jobs
- Environment Community
- Introduction to Ergonomics
- Health and Safety (one week course)
- Health and Safety 101
- Health and Safety for Federal workers
- Health and Safety for Provincial workers
- Health and Safety for Women
- Stress - the Workplace Hazard
- Toxic Substances in the Workplace
- Workplace Bullying - an Occupational Hazard