SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION CANADA

SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION CANADA

March 14, 2005 16:34 ET

UNIONS, NDP CANDIDATE TO CALL FOR REGULATION TO STOP DEADLY INJURIES

Safety needles will stop deadly workplace injuries, communities Attention: City Editor, Health/Medical Editor, News Editor, Science Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor VICTORIA--(CCNMatthews - March 14, 2005) - Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Canada, the B.C. Ferry and Marine Workers' Union (BCFMWU) and New Democratic Party candidate for Victoria-Hillside Rob Fleming will launch a campaign tomorrow demanding the Campbell government implement a regulation requiring the mandatory use of safety-engineered needles and medical sharps devices, or SEDs.

A needle-stick injury occurs when a worker's skin is punctured by a used needle or medical sharps device. These injuries can transmit over 33 blood-borne diseases. More than 6,800 of these injuries occur every year in B.C. Used needles also threaten the safety of communities when they enter the waste stream or are discarded in public places.

SEDs can eliminate up to 90 per cent of all needle-stick injuries and save the government millions of dollars currently being spent on testing and treating people who suffer these preventable injuries.

WHAT: SEIU Canada, BCFMWU and Rob Fleming - Joint News Conference

WHO:

- Mike McDonald, President, SEIU Local 244

- Representative, B.C. Ferry and Marine Workers' Union

- Rob Fleming, Victoria City Councillor and NDP Candidate for Victoria-Hillside

WHEN:
March 15 at 10:30 a.m.

WHERE:
Harbour Towers Hotel and Suites
345 Quebec Street,
Victoria
/For further information: Ted Mansell, Health and Safety Coordinator, SEIU Canada 416-427-9794 www.SaferNeedlesNow.ca/ IN: HEALTH, LABOUR

Contact Information

  • Carl Mavromichalis, National Communications Coordinator
    Primary Phone: 416-951-4905
    Secondary Phone: 416-447-2311 ext. 243
    E-mail: mavromichalisc@seiu.ca