Union Safety and Health Classes

Offered by the Labor Safety and Health Training Project - National Labor College

The Labor Safety and Health Training Project (a project of the National Labor College and the AFL-CIO) can provide workshops on workplace safety and health, free of charge, for unions and labor-related organizations. These workshops can be for members, officers or staff. The workshops have been developed by the Project to increase the involvement of workers in union efforts to improve workplace safety and health, and to increase the effectiveness of these efforts. Workshops can be presented in English or in Spanish.

Union Training on Workplace Safety and Health

The training is nontechnical and very participatory. It involves many different activities, including small group work, role play/skits, questionnaires, case studies, and audiovisual aids.

Workshops are available on the following topics:

  • A Union Approach to Workplace Safety and Health (union perspective on workplace safety and health, what causes workplace injuries and illnesses, union goals for safety and health, and more),
  • Identifying Hazards in the Workplace (including several "mapping" activities, creating and using workplace safety and health surveys, reading and interpreting injury and illness logs, sources of information on hazards, and more),
  • Health and Safety Rights of Workers and Their Unions (including worker and union rights under OSHA and other laws and how to effectively use these rights),
  • Effective Safety and Health Committees (with activities on establishing both union and joint committees, roles and functions of committees, communications within the union, preparing for joint committee meetings, strategic planning, and more),
  • Recordkeeping: Reading, Interpreting and Using the OSHA 300 Log of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses (including worker and union rights to this information and how to use the information),
  • Introduction to Ergonomics (identifying and controlling ergonomic hazards, and developing strategies for eliminating or reducing ergonomic hazards).

We can offer this training to your members, officers and staff.  We provide union instructors and materials, and there is no cost to your union or organization for the training. We can provide the training in whatever time format works for you (such as one to three hour workshops, day long or multi-day workshops).  Training sessions can be held as a freestanding activity, or in conjunction with another program of your union or organization (like a regional conference, a meeting, a summer school, or a women's conference), or as part of a program you are holding at the National Labor College.

Training can be done in English or in Spanish.

Interested?  Contact Sharon Simon, Project Director, at 301-431-5414 or at ssimon(a)