Male health care worker, wearing a lab coat, gives a female health care worker a vaccination in her arm.

FAQ: Essential Workers and Vaccinations

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As an essential worker, when will I receive my first dose of the vaccine? When you receive your first dose will depend on your individual risk factors, not your occupation, unless you work directly with COVID-19 patients. Any concerns you may have about your eligibility to be included in a priority group, based on a health condition, should be discussed …

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Gravity of the situation calls for N95 or higher respirators for all health care workers in Newfoundland and Labrador

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“The gravity of the situation calls for better protection against COVID-19 for [any] health care workers who work in an environment where they will be in close proximity to patients who have or may have the virus to wear N95 respirators or higher models with better protection that what is currently used,” says Sherry Hillier, president of CUPE Newfoundland Labrador. “The health …

Respiratory Protection Fact Sheet

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Note: the information contained in this fact sheet is for general education and information purposes only. Proper selection of respiratory protection must be completed by a qualified individual who has performed a full hazard analysis of the worksite and tasks. Images are for demonstration purposes. CUPE does not make general endorsements or recommendations for any brand of personal protective equipment. Download a printable …

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Counterfeit N95 respirators: a message to CUPE members working in Acute Care

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In a meeting held today with the Department of Health and Community Services, we were notified that regional health authorities in Newfoundland and Labrador recently discovered counterfeit N95 respirators in their inventory. Immediate steps were taken by the RHAs to remove the counterfeit masks and, at this time, only a small number are unaccounted for. In addition to CUPE, representatives …

Male health care worker wearing a lab coat giving a female health care worker a vaccination in her arm. Both are wearing medical masks.

COVID-19 vaccine: protection for frontline workers

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CUPE NL is encouraged by news of the imminent arrival of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and the news that health care workers, particularly those in long term care or positions with potential for exposure to COVID-19. This is an important development for the health and safety of our members across the province. Our members providing front line health services have …

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Academic study finds Ontario health care staff worked under psychological distress in pandemic, feeling “sacrificed” and violated

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On November 24, 2020, a study entitled “Sacrificed: major study of health care workers during the time of COVID” was released by the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions-Canadian Union of Public Employees (OCHU-CUPE). The study was published in New Solutions: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy. The research was done in collaboration with OCHU-CUPE, based on extensive interviews …

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November 17: CUPE members are invited to a 30-minute webinar on occupational health and safety

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CUPE members across Newfoundland and Labrador are heavily involved in the work to make their workplaces safe and healthy and they face many challenges in advancing this agenda. Some employers are not cooperative and joint workplace health and safety committees can easily be dominated by the employer’s priorities. Education is the tool that can level the playing field and allows …

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October 27 – COVID-19 and occupational health and safety

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To all CUPE members in Newfoundland and Labrador: COVID-19 has created countless health and safety challenges for public sector workers in Newfoundland and Labrador. In this webinar we will explore the emergence of modern OH&S practices and how responding to COVID-19 is leading to a new series of health and safety challenges. Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 7 PM Register …

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Incorporating Public Health Advice into Workplace Protections

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There is a lot of information to take into consideration when determining which practices to follow when returning to a physical workplace during the pandemic. The biggest source of confusion is how public health directives/guidelines compare to workplace safety practices, particularly with the use of masks. In our view, public health advice informs workplace health and safety practices but does …

Health and Safety Committee Support Sessions. September 2020. For CUPE members in CUPE Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador.

NEW – Health and Safety Committee Support Sessions via Zoom!

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Open to CUPE members in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador The COVID-19 pandemic has created new Health and Safety challenges in workplaces across all sectors. CUPE members on health and safety committees have been working hard to represent their members concerns and address the risks they face. Recognizing the unique challenges these members face, CUPE is developing new approaches to …