The UAW Health and Safety Department provides Local Unions and their respective companies with:
- Assistance in negotiating health and safety programs,
- Workplace safety inspections,
- Reviewing injury/illness information and chemical exposure data,
- Conducting research,
- Participation in governmental and consensus standard setting,
- Developing joint health and safety training programs, and
- Delivering health and safety training.
The UAW is able to deliver high quality health and safety training free of charge (no instructor or material fees) at the worksite, on work time. This is accomplished with support from grants by the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth. Training can also be delivered at union halls, regional offices or other venues in the field.
UAW training at the worksite is conducted by a full time staff and experienced peer safety trainers. These peer trainers are UAW members designated as Local Union Discussion Leaders trained in adult learning techniques.