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Health and Safety


Workers Memorial Day 2023

The AFL-CIO materials for Workers Memorial Day 2023 are now available.

About the CWA Occupational Safety & Health Department

The CWA Occupational Safety and Health Department has as its primary responsibility the elimination/minimization of member exposure to hazardous working conditions and potentially related injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. The Department’s primary areas of activity include:

  • Promoting the awareness of occupational and environmental safety and health issues and concerns,
  • Training CWA members in occupational safety and health recognition and control, and
  • Developing an ongoing comprehensive workplace safety and health program.

The primary work functions of the department include:

  • The identification of member workplace safety and health needs,
  • The development and use of information and communication tools including the CWA Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Webpage,  
  • The development and dissemination of educational and training materials that target the elimination/minimization of hazardous working conditions experienced by CWA members,
  • The provision of technical assistance that addresses specific member workplace safety and health hazards,
  • Conducting and sponsoring both generalized and specialized occupational safety and health education and training classes/programs for CWA leaders and occupational safety and health activists, and
  • Conducting and sponsoring survey and scientific research specific to the workplace safety and health hazards encountered by the Union’s members.

These activities are achieved through the development and use of a coordinated approach within CWA involving headquarters personnel as well as national, district, and local officers, leaders, and occupational safety and health activists.


September 14, 2023

Telecom Workers: Protect Your Health and Your Future by Taking Advantage of Your Employer's Blood Lead Testing Program

Our Health and Safety department has been following up with employers about their voluntary blood lead testing programs after recent news reports that highlighted concerns around lead in telecommunications.
D9 Runaway Inequality Training
September 14, 2023

Worker Power Update

Missouri 911 dispatchers receive recognition as first responders and CWA District 9 members participated in a Runaway Inequality training.
Hardhat, flag, police badge and firefighter jacket with September 11 calendar page
September 12, 2023

Fund the 9/11 Responder and Survivor Health Funding Correction Act of 2023

We must address the funding shortfall for the World Trade Center Health Program and expand eligibility to cover 9/11 responders at the Pentagon and Shanksville crash sites who were active-duty Department of Defense military or civilians, or other federal employees currently excluded from the program.