Member Resources → Occupational Health & Safety

Because of the unpredictable nature of their work, nurses face among the highest rates of work-related injury and illness. Alberta Workers' Compensation Board statistics show working in health care is more dangerous than working in such industries as mining and petroleum extraction.

UNA takes workplace safety extremely seriously and has formed Occupational Health and Safety committees to ensure employers provide healthy and safe working environments. We view this as not only an essential protection of the wellbeing of our members, but as a vital protection of the quality of care received by our patients. We recognize safe and competent care cannot be provided in an unhealthy or unsafe workplace.

UNA Locals’ OH&S committees strive to represent nurses in matters related to health and safety in their workplaces they monitor working conditions and practices to ensure safe and healthy workplaces, provide a formal process for recommendations to eliminate hazard and ensure compliance with legislation, plus provide a systematic way to solve problems and eliminate safety concerns of nurses.

Most UNA collective agreements include provisions that allow health and safety concerns not resolved by the OH&S committee to be taken to a higher level of management or escalated to a resolution process. 

The most effective way to deal with any concern about workplace health or safety hazards is to  file a formal Occupational Health & Safety complaint. Instances of occupational hazard or nurse safety should be dealt with through a complaint to your local OH&S committee.

Your collective agreement allows fora process to resolve your OH&S concerns.

UNA members encouraged to take a stand against abuse, violence, and harassment in the workplace

November 12, 2015

UNA members are encouraged to take a stand against abuse, violence, and harassment in the workplace. If you encounter any of these in your workplace, get help, take a stand, and talk to us: 1-800-252-9394.

Nurses encouraged to receive annual influenza immunizations

October 10, 2013

Alberta Health Services recommends that all health care staff receive the seasonal influenza immunization annually. Although influenza immunizations are not mandatory for health care workers, United Nurses of Alberta encourages its members to receive their annual influenza immunization but respects their personal choice.

Occupational health & safety more than slogans and a commitment for more than just one day

April 28, 2013

April 28 – formally known as the Day of Mourning for Workers Killed or Injured in the Workplace – is Labour’s day each year to recognize the past but to also look into the future on how we can change the workplace into a safer and more healthy place.

UNA members boost their knowledge of the Occupational Health & Safety Act

April 11, 2013

Members of United Nurses of Alberta learn about their rights under the Occupational Health & Safety Act in a day-long workshop at UNA's Provincial Office in Edmonton. The Occupational Health & Safety workshop offers UNA members a chance to learn about the role they can play in making their worksites safer for patients and staff.

Alberta Nurses encouraged to receive influenza immunization annually

October 15, 2012

Alberta Health funds a universal seasonal influenza immunization program. All people 6 months of age and older who live, work, or go to school in Alberta are eligible for seasonal flu vaccine at no charge.

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