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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.

Heat Stress - Occupational Health & Safety Fact Sheet

Many Unifor members spend some part of their working lives or days in a hot environment. Workers in Unifor workplaces such as foundries, casting, steel mills, assembly, components, laundries, kitchen and construction projects and bakeries - just to name a few industries - often face hot conditions. Especially in the summer months, these conditions pose special hazards to their safety and health.

H1N1 Virus - Occupational Health & Safety Fact Sheet

H1N1 Flu Virus is a respiratory illness that causes symptoms similar to those of the regular human seasonal flu. The symptoms include fever, fatigue, lack of appetite, coughing and sore throat. Some people with H1N1 Flu Virus have also reported vomiting and diarrhea.

Dupont Safety System - Occupational Health & Safety Fact Sheet

A number of corporations have contracted with DuPont Safety and Environmental Management Services to provide a safety system for them. DuPont is the chemical company which coined the phrase “better living through chemistry”. While many of the chemicals produced by DuPont have made living easier for us in the 20th Century, many also have harmed the health of workers who have produced them and harmed the environment. It is ironic that it is the same corporation that today sells safety systems.