Occupational Disease & the April 28th Day of Mourning

On this April 28th Day of Mourning, Local 110 remembers our lost coworkers, friends and family. We have lost too many Brothers and Sisters to occupational disease across the years. Local 110 Members, Officers and Staff remind all workers to wear the required proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at all times to prevent occupational disease in the future.

Occupational disease related to our trade includes asbestosis, mesothelioma, silicosis, chronic

obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cancer, and asbestos pleural disease. Traderelated occupational disease also includes carpal tunnel syndrome, bursitis:repetitive motion, tendonitis: repetitive motion, hearing loss, dermatitis, and other disease.

Local 110 has a long history in the fight against occupational disease from safe work practice and PPE, to clean lunch and change rooms, to compensation defence, to the tissue bank, to the health programs and lifestyle initiatives at the membership funded WoW Centre. Local 110 Members are encouraged to check out the WoW Centre and to participate/register.

We support this important service to the membership it is helping many Members and families to document work history, identify health risks, take PFTs, and improve workplace safety for all.

Occupational disease prevention requires proper PPE.

Know the product safety risks. Read the WHMIS labels. Plan your work with lifetime safety in mind today's safe work plan will improve your health tomorrow. Wear a mask when handling insulation materials. Make sure the mask fits. Keep your work area as clean as possible. Reduce dust hazards. Wash up before meals and breaks. No coveralls in the lunchroom.

If you are not sure of the PPE requirements for a product ask check the MSDS.

All Local 110 Members and Workers should take occupational diseases seriously and wear the proper PPE.

Alberta OHS Law is clear 'Workplace health and safety is a shared responsibility between employers and workers' this includes lifetime safety to prevent occupational disease.

 Use Your PPE Stop Occupational Disease