This week, the USW-TMC is holding a five-day train the trainer program for fourteen USW local union trainers to expand their skills to instruct the USW-TMC union approach to effective health & safety committees.
In some workplaces, our local unions and employers work very closely to address and resolve workplace hazards. In other workplaces, our local unions have little or no working relationship with their employers to address and resolve workplace hazards. Either of these scenarios need an effective union safety and health committee in place to properly represent our members.
In workplaces with a joint labor management health and safety program that is working well, the union members of the joint committee need the tools to work closely with their management counterparts. However, they also need the tools to work even more closely with our members and their co-workers involved with the joint process. If the union side of the joint committee does not have an effective health & safety committee to exercise these skills, the process will bog down and likely not address those issues and concerns that are most pressing to the members they represent.
In workplaces with no joint committee in place, the union needs to ensure that they have a union health and safety committee in place to hear about and address the concerns from our members.
The effective safety committee training addresses a variety of issues;
- Workplace Injuries, Illnesses and Hazards – What are they, why do they happen?
- Goals for Workplace Health and Safety Programs
- Overview and Elements of Comprehensive Worksite Health and Safety Programs
- Identifying Workplace Injuries, Illnesses and Hazards
- Sources of Health and Safety Information
- Designing and Conducting Health and Safety Surveys
- Rules and Regulations
- Evaluating the Effectiveness of Worksite Health and Safety Committees and Increasing their Effectiveness
- Communications Mapping
- Developing a Strategic Plan for Improving Workplace Health and Safety
This train the trainer program provides the tools for our local union trainers to present these materials to groups of workers at their workplaces as well as across the union.
For more information about how this or other TMC training can be presented to your local union or at your workplace, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submitted by Steve Sallman, HSE Staff, and Nancy Lessin, TMC Staff.