USW Paper Sector Full-Time Health and Safety Representative/Advocate Course


Click here to download the call letter as a PDF.

The USW Health, Safety and Environment Department and Tony Mazzocchi Center will be offering a five-day course, Jan. 28–Feb. 1, 2019, specifically for USW full-time health and safety representatives/advocates working in the paper sector. 

The course will incorporate current issues, problem-solving and strategic planning aimed at helping full-time USW safety and health representatives/ advocates in the paper sector meet current and future challenges. The highest numbers of fatalities and life-altering injuries in USW-represented facilities continue to take place in facilities that make and convert paper. 

This course is designed to assist full-time safety representatives in the paper sector identify and address hazardous conditions and system failures to prevent future tragedies. Whether the full-time safety rep is new or has served in such a position for many years, they have probably been confronted with problems with mobile equipment, guarding, combustible dust, black liquor and other hazardous substances, falls or a myriad of other concerns. The course will involve a review of specific hazards in the paper sector and how we can work together and with management to address them. 

The week will also provide the opportunity to learn from other full-time USW safety and health representatives to increase the effectiveness of your day-to-day work in eliminating, reducing and preventing hazards, increasing member involvement in the union’s safety and health efforts; and working with labor and management representatives on safety and health committees and others in creating safer, healthier workplaces.

We encourage Local Unions to approach your employer about funding attendance of your Full-Time Safety Representative/Advocate to attend this training. You should underscore that there is no registration fee for this course, and the costs incurred will be limited to travel, lost-time, hotel and related expenses. If your Employer declines to fund, please consider making this investment by your Local Union in the interest of long-term health and safety of your members. 

Please note: space will be limited to forty (40) participants and we are giving preference to those Full Time Safety Representatives who did not participate in the last training we held in 2017. If you are accepted to the course, your hotel room reservation will be made for you.  


Click here to download the registration form. 

There is no registration fee, but please complete the form and return it by Jan. 11, 2019 via fax at 412-562-2275 or by mail to:

Laura Donovan
60 Boulevard of the Allies
10th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222


Sun., Jan. 27: Participants Arrive 
Mon., Jan. 28–Fri., Feb.: Safety Training; 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; USW Headquarters, 2nd Floor Conference Room 
Fri., Feb. 1: Class ends at noon, flights should not be scheduled for departure until 3 p.m. or later


Because preference will be given to Full Time Safety Representatives who did not participate in the last training we held in 2017, if you are accepted to the course, your hotel room reservation will be made for you at:

Wyndham Grand Hotel Pittsburgh
600 Commonwealth Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

The room rate is $112 per night plus tax.