Health & Safety

Industrial Health and Safety

The Industrial Health & Safety office operates under the direction of the Industrial Sector Services Department. Director of Health & Safety Services Mark Garrett is responsible for preparing and conducting training programs; publishing printed materials for members and local lodges; conducting on-site walk around inspections and industrial hygiene evaluations; researching and responding to requests for technical assistance and arranging for inspections of Boilermaker work sites by OSHA, MSHA, and other government agencies; collecting and maintaining resource materials on job hazards and their controls; and providing guidance on negotiating language on safety and health issues, as well as drug and alcohol programs at the bargaining table.

The Health & Safety office is devoted to responding to requests for technical assistance from local lodges and staff covering a wide range of issues, such as worker rights under safety and health laws and regulations, health hazard information on the chemicals our members work with, protective measures to eliminate or reduce hazards present on the job, and assistance with interpreting applicable safety regulations that have a direct impact on our members.

A major activity of this office is the on-site inspection and evaluation of Boilermaker facilities and work sites. The department also monitors all occupational safety and health citations issued to employers where the Boilermakers have a collective bargaining relationship and will, depending on the type of citation and issues involved, assist the lodge in representing the interest of the members in the citation appeal and hearing process.

Director Garrett also provides safety and health training - designed so that our members and their representatives can continue to improve working conditions - on responsibilities of safety committees, methods for recognizing hazards, procedures that can control hazards, as well as rights under applicable safety and health laws.

In Canada, similar health & safety services for lodges are provided by Jason McInnis, who is the National Director of Health & Safety Services for the Canadian National Health & Safety Fund.

For more information on Canadian Health & Safety Services --

Mark Garrett
Director, Health and Safety Services

Email: mgarrett@boilermakers.org
Phone: (225) 276-6796

Jason McInnis
National Director, Health & Safety (Canada)

Email: cjmcinnis@boilermaker.ca
Phone: Eastern Canada (St. John, NB): (506) 634-8203
Western Canada (Edmonton, AB): (780) 483-0823

Safety Corner

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in the Metal and Nonmetal Mining Industry

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National Stand Down, Preventing Falls in Construction

Awareness event runs May 2-6, 2016

The purpose of the National Fall Prevention Stand-Down is to raise awareness of preventing fall hazards in construction.
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Health & Safety Sites

SERT: Special Emergency Response Team

(for U.S. members and lodges)

888-717-7378

In the event of a catastrophic injury or death on the job, lodges are encouraged to notify their International rep and contact SERT at the number above.

This call should be made as soon as possible ‹ before evidence can be removed or becomes degraded.

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