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What you need to know about Ebola

Ebola Backgrounder

There has never been a case of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Canada.

In areas where Ebola is present, the virus can spread through:

OHS conference sets priorities to make you safer


HSA’s Occupational Health and Safety Conference held in June provided a great opportunity for OHS activists to connect with each other, share information and plan for the future.

Keynote speakers Dr. Joti Samra and Al Bieksa contributed significantly to a two-day event designed to provide tools, resources and planning opportunities for nearly 100 HSA joint occupational health and safety committee representatives from all across the province.

North American Occupational Safety & Health Week (NAOSH)

Safety Week this year is from May 4 to 10.  HSA chapters are encouraged to organize or participate in Safety Week activities planned for your sites. These events are usually organized by the facility Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committees and provide a great opportunity to profile the role of your Committee in your workplace.

OH&S Conference

This conference is open to any HSA member representing the union on a Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee.  Wage loss, travel and hotel costs will be covered according to HSA policies.

On-line registration is open until midnight, Sunday, May 25

The proposed agenda is as follows:

DAY 1:  Monday, June 16th

Day of Mourning - April 28, 2014

Across Canada, April 28 has been designated the Day of Mourning, a time when workers, families, employers and others come together to remember those who have lost their lives to work-related incidents or occupational diseases.

HSA to join task force on mental health and addictions


In response to escalating police involvement in what has been called a mental health crisis, the Vancouver Police department recently produced a report which points to a steady increase in mental health related police incidents and proposed an action plan aimed at moving away from a crisis response model to a more community based, stakeholder driven model.

Safety Update #3

In this issue:
  • Domestic Violence Survey: Can Work Be Safe When Home Isn’t?
  • 2014 OH&S Training Opportunities
  • HSA Occupational Health and Safety Conference – June 16-17, 2014
  • Workplace Exposure Registry

Domestic violence survey:  Can Work Be Safe When Home Isn’t?
Have you completed your survey yet?

HSA launches campaign against domestic violence

Take Action Against Domestic Violence

Over a recent 5 year period, an estimated 183,000 British Columbians were victims of domestic violence. Domestic violence impacts victims and their families and has a serious effect on those who witness it. Health care costs related to domestic violence in Canada are estimated to be in the billions of dollars. Social and emotional costs are significant.

Domestic violence occurs in all cultures and communities and is considered to be a major contributor to increased absenteeism, sick leave and lost productivity at work.