BWI opens its Global OHS Brigades Online Training Course to all affiliates

BWI is opening its Global OHS Brigades Online Training Course to all its affiliate trade unionists and worker leaders worldwide to build trade union capacity in addressing health and safety challenges and maximising reform spaces amidst COVID-19. 

The online course has four modules. The modules will be delivered in two-hour online training sessions via the Zoom platform. The first hour of each module will be the learning component that will be delivered in a webinar format. The second hour will be devoted to inter-active group activities. 

BWI will award certificated to all participants who will finish all four modules. 

The training course will be available in: Arabic, Bahasa (Indonesia), Bengali, English, Hindi, French, Khmer, Nepali, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Sebian-Bosnian -Croatian and Tamil

Register here.  

Module One: Leading on H&S during COVID-19 

29 September 14:00 to 16:15 CEST 

We will build our understanding on the COVID-19 pandemic, including the nature of epidemics, why they move in waves and the relative risks of community and workplace transmission. Responses to the pandemic by governments and employers will be analysed, as well as the role that unions are playing on practical issues in the workplace on COVID-19, with a special emphasis on establishing protocols, addressing complacency, and protecting jobs. 

Module Two: Can healthy and safe workplaces be a fundamental right? 

Wednesday 20 October 2021 14:00 to 16:15 CEST 

We will discuss the need to link occupational health and safety rights to universal human rights, respect for life and human dignity. We will study ILO Convention Nos. 155, 187 and 161, and how they are relevant to the workers’ struggles, especially if the global campaign for the ILO to recognise OHS as a fundamental right becomes successful. 

Module Three: Addressing vaccine hesitancy and worker health on COVID-19 

Wednesday 10 November 13:00 to 15:15 CEST

We will present the ethical, legal and public health considerations of compulsory vaccination programmes and how to address workers’ concerns, fears and hesitancy to COVID-19 vaccines. We will also tackle how trade unions can reduce the risk of workers being exposed to COVID-19 at workplaces by assessing risk-mitigating measures and pushing for the recognition of COVID-19 as an occupational disease. 

Module Four: Democratising health in the workplace: wellness or psychosocial risk?

Wednesday 8 December 13:00 to 15:15 CEST

We will deliberate how the employers’ current model of addressing OHS at workplaces undermines the trade unions’ rights-based OHS approach, and why psycho-social risks at workplaces must be seriously considered. 

The necessity of worker democracy and representation to occupational health and safety will also be discussed. This will be followed by a presentation on the strategic opportunities opened by ILO Convention No. 190 (Workplace Violence and Harassment) on the workers’ often neglected psychological health.