CAUT Statement on the National Day of Mourning – April 27

CAUT Statement on the National Day of Mourning

For Workers Killed or Injured on the Job

Every year, over one thousand workers in Canada die on the job, and thousands more are injured or made ill. The National Day of Mourning for Workers Killed or Injured on the Job is a time for all Canadians to recognize the importance of occupational health and safety in our workplaces.

Canada’s universities and colleges are not immune to workplace hazards and risks. Exposure to toxic chemicals and biological hazards, poor air quality, repetitive strain injuries, and mental illnesses are far too common occupational dangers. The increase of precarious work on campus has become a precipitator for rising psychological hazards in the workplace.  The Guide to the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace is a new tool for Joint Health and Safety Committees needing resources on this issue. CAUT remains committed to ensuring that all staff enjoy a healthy and safe workplace.

This year, we honour the memory of Dr. Patricia Martens, a former professor at the University of Manitoba who died from mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos. In recognition of Dr. Martens and all others who have died or are suffering from asbestos-related illnesses, we will continue to advocate for an employee’s right to know about exposure to workplace dangers and the employer’s duty to provide safe and healthy workplaces.