May 26, 2016

USW District 9 regional health and safety training

USW District 9 regional health and safety trainingA series of health and safety training sessions were conducted throughout USW District 9 in the spring, providing local union members the opportunity to participate and connect with one another.

The classes were facilitated by Tony Mazzocchi Center worker-trainers within the district, who are mentored by veteran trainers Calvin Bozeman, Billy Edington and Karen Drewery. District 9 staff were also in attendance to most of these classes.

Worker-trainers taught condensed versions of the TMC’s hazard mapping course as well as the near-miss and incident investigation course. Prior to discussing training opportunities for the facility, district staff and trainers participated in a health and safety site assessment at Resolute Forest Products and met with the local union and company to assess their needs.

“I think the District 9 regional health and safety training has been well received by the locals. It has given the USW an opportunity to show the locals parts of some of the USWTMC curriculum available to them,” Edington said. “In addition, it has also provided members with an opportunity to voice their concerns with their staff reps and Wesley Thompson [District 9 health and safety coordinator], within their workplaces which I think is a great morale builder.” Edington is also a member of USW Local Union 9-288.

The series of regional health and safety training concluded on April 19 and consisted of nine sessions with a total of 188 local union members participating.

Training reported in this publication is supported by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under award number U45ES006175. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIEHS, NIH.

Posted In: Health and Safety, Mazzocchi, USW

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