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“My name is Teresa, I am a community care worker in the Newcastle area. Care work by nature is incredibly tough.
Standing in tiny and overheated bathrooms holding a shower hose for a client, performing 3 to 5 full housecleans in a day or taking clients out into the community puts great strain on the body (and the average care worker is a roughly 45yr old woman).
Performing those tasks in weather extremes (40C+ summers, stormy winter nights waiting in a car between clients, extreme fires and smoke, rain events and the hazards they bring) only makes the job that much harder.
The effects of climate change means that into the future these issues will only increase!
United Workers Union’s extreme weather at work training has a strong emphasis on the Occupational Health and Safety impacts of extreme weather events, how we can perform our jobs safely and how to fight back when employers ignore our wellbeing on the job.
It is great to speak with others experiencing the same or worse, and coming up with ideas together to make our jobs more manageable. Both highly informative and supportive, this course has helped me rethink how my colleagues and I do our work now.
I cannot recommend this training more highly.“
– Teresa, Home Care Worker & United Workers Union Climate Activist
Below are PDF versions of the information on this page, ideal for putting up on noticeboards at your workplace.
The UWU Climate Action Group have been in discussions about the impacts of extreme weather on workers health & safety.
Want to get involved? Join our UWU Climate Action Group.