CAW Local 599 Conducts Health and Safety Exit Clinic

May 25, 2010, 11:03 AM EST

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A large group of Xstrata workers attended an occupational disease and musculoskeletal exit clinic at the MacIntyre Arena in Timmins, Ontario May 5 to 7.

The clinic was organized by CAW Local 599, with assistance from the CAW Health Safety and Environment Department, in response to the closure of the Xstrata smelter.  The clinic attracted 129 workers. An ongoing intake process will take place through the local union office in coming weeks. 

CAW national representative Nick DeCarlo said the clinic objectives were to provide as much information to the laid off workers on the potential health risks of exposure including - assisting them to record their historic exposures and physical injuries at Xstrata; providing information on the illnesses and symptoms associated with their exposures at work; and informing them of resources to use if they have problems in the future. It also was designed to determine if any workers were sick or injured and needed immediate assistance.

Workers were also promised a copy of the analysis of the surveys and the findings of the clinic which will be completed by Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers and the local in the weeks to come.

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