Occupational Health and Safety Committee

Occupational Health and Safety Committee

Supporting safe and healthy workplaces for all

This committee builds membership knowledge, capacity, and participation to effectively combat unhealthy workplaces and workplace violence, and promotes safe and healthy work environments for CUPE members and for all British Columbians.

Committee members work to identify the common health and safety hazards faced by CUPE members, and to develop measures, programs, and campaigns to address these and other health and safety concerns.

Fact sheets and guides on a variety of topics are also available (see below).

Ending violence in our places of work

The Committee’s ongoing work includes reviewing and advising on changes to legislation and regulation, and emerging issues like the COVID-19 pandemic. A recent focus has been the development of new tools and resources to educate and assist members dealing with workplace hazards, workplace assessments, and the right to refuse unsafe work.

Addressing workplace violence is a top priority for the Committee as incidents of violence in the workplace continue to increase in all sectors. The Committee has encouraged locals to make better use of CUPE resources to work directly with members, and to be more active on OH&S committees at their workplaces.

2023 – 2025 Committee Membership

Back row: Amy Issel, Tom McKenna (Staff Advisor), Henry Lee (Co-Chair), Martha Higgins (Recording Secretary), Amanda Thielen, Susanne Bonny. Front row: Tony Rebelo (Chair), George Hardy, Palvinder Singh Bindra, Scott Bruce, Cody Dillabough, Paolo Pasqua. Missing: Marty Cox.

Committee Members

Tony Rebelo
General Vice-President
Tony Rebelo
Hailey Fielden
Alternate Diversity Vice-President, Pink Triangle
Committee Documents