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H1N1 Flu Virus and PIPSC members

H1N1 Flu Virus (Human Swine Flu) has been reported in Canada, the United States, Mexico, and in other countries around the world.

PIPSC strongly urges its members to care for their own safety and health, and the well-being of their families, by ensuring that they are working (living) in safe and healthy environments.

Employers are legally responsible for protecting their employees from all work-related hazards, including exposure to infectious diseases like the H1N1 Flu Virus.

At work, should you be in frequent close contact with the public, consult with your occupational safety and health committee or representative or PIPSC steward.

Those who are expected to work in close contact with people potentially ill from human swine influenza must be provided with suitable personal protective equipment.

Provincial and federal occupational health and safety legislation provides workers with the right to refuse work they believe will endanger themselves or other workers. Some sectors limit the right to refuse work.

Some health care, emergency response and education workers do not have the right to refuse work if their refusal endangers another person or if the hazard is part of their work.

Where situations arise that may reasonably pose risk to health or safety, members must be diligent in promptly reporting such concerns to management and to us, your union. We will then be in a position to explain the provisions of the appropriate legislation which could be invoked depending on the particular circumstances of the situation.

Frequent updates on the H1N1 Flu Virus outbreak are available at these Web sites:

Publish Date: 12-MAY-2009 03:32 PM