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Health and Safety

Calling all CWA Health and Safety Activists for the 2024 USW Health, Safety and  Environment (HSE) Conference

Read the message from CWA President Claude Cummings Jr., which includes registration information. The conference will be held August 19 – 23, 2024 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

2024 Workers Memorial Day: Good Jobs Safe Jobs. Protect Our Rights.

Each year, on Workers Memorial Day, we remember workers killed on the job in a work-related incident or who died from an occupational illness and renew our commitment to working together to fight for strong safety and health protections. Continue reading this article.

Workers Memorial Day 2024

The AFL-CIO materials for Workers Memorial Day 2024 are now available.

Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect

The AFL-CIO's "2024 Death on the Job: the Toll of Neglect" report is 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.


CWA Mourns the Loss of Local 2108 Member Osmar Chavarria
July 11, 2024

CWA Mourns the Loss of Local 2108 Member Osmar Chavarria

Osmar suffered fatal injuries when the bucket of his bucket truck came into contact with high-voltage electrical lines.
Health and Safety
July 11, 2024

Biden Administration Delivers on Workplace Protections from Heat

There can be no doubt that heat is a major threat to workers both outdoors and indoors.
Press Release

Biden Administration’s Rule on Excessive Heat in the Workplace Will Save Lives

The new Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rule on excessive heat in the workplace that President Biden announced today will save lives.