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This survey is available in several languages; to receive a link to the survey in your own language please email sverdrup@uwindsor.ca.

In partnership with your union (CAW 195), the Labour Studies Department at the University of Windsor is conducting a study of workplace injuries and hazards. The purpose of the study is to understand how workers respond to hazards, injuries and health symptoms that they experience at work.

The research will help unions, employers, and other organizations to ensure that
• workplaces are as safe as possible
• workers are able to get the training they need to prevent injuries
• workers receive support to report hazards and injuries
• workers receive the best possible treatment when injuries occur.

There are 2 stages to this research:
1. This survey of 10,000 workers
2. Face-to-face interviews with 100 workers

Stage 1: The survey:

This survey asks about your work, health and safety in your workplace and your own experiences of work-related injury or illness.

The last page of the survey asks whether you are interested in participating in Stage 2, an interview to discuss your responses in greater detail. You do not have to do the interview; however, interview participants will receive $25 as a token of appreciation.


THE ENTIRE SURVEY WILL TAKE ABOUT 15 MINUTES TO COMPLETE.


If you have any questions about this survey, please contact Dr. Alan Hall (519-253-3000 x 3723 or by email at hall4@uwindsor.ca) or Susan Sverdrup-Phillips (519-253-3000 x 2202 or by email at sverdrup@uwindsor.ca).

The survey is completely confidential. Only the research team at the University of Windsor will see your answers; your employer and your union will not see your responses or know that you participated. We will not share your personal information with anyone.

You have the right to refuse to participate without penalty; however, if you choose to participate, your name can be entered in ten draws for $25.00 cash prizes.

If you would like your name entered in the ten draws for $25.00 cash prizes, please provide your contact information at the end of the survey so we can contact you if you win. Your information will be kept private. We will only use it to contact you for the draws or the interview if you give us permission to do so. We will not share your personal information with anyone.













About Your Work


This sections asks questions about the type of work that you do and your work situation.

* 1. How many employers do you have now?

* 3. In which industries have you worked over the last 3 years? (please select all that apply)

*If you stated "other", please specify:                                                  

* 4. How would you describe your work situation?

  Never Rarely Sometimes Often Always
A. I enjoy my job
B. My job takes skill
C. I control the pace of my work
D. Management treats me fairly
E. I feel lucky to have this job
F. My union protects its members

About Symptoms


This section asks about the symptoms you have experienced at work in the last 6 months. It also asks whether or not you reported these symptoms to management, supervisors or union representatives. These symptoms may not necessarily be caused by your work.

* 5. In the last 6 months, have you experienced and/or reported any of the following symptoms at work?

  which symptoms have you experienced at work (check all that apply) Which symptoms did you report one or more times to your manager, supervisor or union representative? (check all that apply)
A. Shortness of breath or wheezing
B. Nose bleeds
C. Skin rashes or itchiness
D. Headaches or dizziness
E. Chest pain
F. Abdominal pain, nausea, vomitting or diarrhea
G. Numbness or pains in the hands, wrists or arms
H. Neck or back pain
I. Other pains (e.g.pelvis, feet, ankles, legs, shoulders etc.)
J. Any other symptom*

*Please specify any other symptoms, not mentioned above, that you have experienced at work.




About Workplace Hazards


In this section, we ask about your own workplace risks, and reporting of workplace hazards.

* 6. In the LAST YEAR, were you exposed to any of the following hazards at work? Did you report any of these to a manager, supervisor or union representative? After reporting, was the hazard reduced or eliminated from your workplace? (Please check all that apply.)

  Experienced in the last year (check all that apply) Reported to a supervisor, manager or union rep. (check all that apply) Hazard was reduced or eliminated after reporting (check all that apply)
A. Dust, fumes or chemicals in the air
B. Lack of light or very bright light
C. Noise levels or vibrations
D. Dangerous machine
E. Equipment that is too big or small for you
F. Aggressive or violent patient or customer
G. Repetitive work
H. Heavy lifting
I. Slips, trips or falls
J. Working at heights
K. Awkward stretching, bending or reaching
L. Other*

*Please specify any other hazards, not mentioned above, that you have experienced at work.



About Workplace Injuries


This section first asks some general questions about your own workplace injuries and whether or not you reported these injuries. Later we ask more specific questions about any minor and major injuries you may or may not have experienced in your workplace.

* 7. In the last year, how many injuries have you had at work?

* 8. In the last year, how many injuries did you report to your union or management?

* 9. In the last year, how many WSIB claims have you filed for lost time?

* 10. In the last year, how many of your WSIB claims have resulted in compensation?


About Minor Injuries

This section asks questions about MINOR INJURIES you may have experienced at work during the last 6 months. This section also asks if you reported these injuries to management, a supervisor or your union representative.

Please respond to each question.

* 11. In the last 6 months, regarding SCRAPES OF YOUR SKIN OR MINOR CUTS THAT DID NOT REQUIRE STITCHES, how often have you...

  never once or twice at least once a month every week daily
A. EXPERIENCED this minor injury at work?
B. REPORTED this minor injury to your supervisor, manager or union representative?

* 12. In the last 6 months, regarding A FOREIGN BODY OR CHEMICALS IN YOUR EYES (THAT DID NOT REQUIRE HOSPITAL TREATMENT), how often have you...

  never once or twice at least once a month every week daily
A. EXPERIENCED this minor injury at work?
B. REPORTED this minor injury to your supervisor, manager or union representative?

* 13. In the last 6 months, regarding MILD BURNS, how often have you...

  never once or twice at least once a month every week daily
A. EXPERIENCED this minor injury at work?
B. REPORTED this minor injury to your union representative, supervisor or manager?

* 14. In the last 6 months, regarding MUSCLE STRAINS OR PULLED MUSCLES, how often have you...

  never once or twice at least once a month every week daily
A. EXPERIENCED this minor injury at work?
B. REPORTED this minor injury to your union representative, supervisor or manager?

* 15. In the last 6 months, regarding MINOR BACK STRAIN OR SPRAIN, how often have you...

  never once or twice at least once a month every week daily
A. EXPERIENCED this minor injury at work?
B. REPORTED this minor injury to your union representative, supervisor or manager?

* 16. In the last 6 months, regarding BRUISES OR SWELLING ON LEGS TORSO OR ARMS, how often have you...

  never once or twice at least once a month every week daily
A. EXPERIENCED this minor injury at work?
B. REPORTED this minor injury to your union representative, supervisor or manager?

* 17. In the last 6 months, regarding HEAD INJURY CAUSING HEADACHES, MINOR SWELLING OR MILD DIZZINESS, how often have you...

  never once or twice at least once a month every week daily
A. EXPERIENCED this minor injury at work?
B. REPORTED this minor injury to your union representative, supervisor or manager?

* 18. In the last 6 months, have you filed a WSIB related to minor injuries at work?


About Major Injuries

This section asks about MAJOR INJURIES you have experienced at work in the last 3 years.

* 19. In the last 3 years, regarding MAJOR CUTS REQUIRING STITCHES, how often have you...

  never once or twice at least once a month every week daily
A. EXPERIENCED this injury at work?
B. REPORTED this injury to your union representative, supervisor or manager?

* 20. In the last 3 years, regarding SERIOUS BURNS REQUIRING TREATMENT AT HOSPITAL, how often have you...

  never once or twice at least once a month every week daily
A. EXPERIENCED this injury at work?
B. REPORTED this injury to your union representative, supervisor or manager?

* 21. In the last 3 years, regarding MAJOR BACK STRAIN OR SPRAIN, how often have you...

  never once or twice at least once a month every week daily
A. EXPERIENCED this injury at work?
B. REPORTED this injury to your union representative, supervisor or manager?

* 22. In the last 3 years, regarding HEAD INJURY RESULTING IN UNCONSCIOUSNESS OR SERIOUS DIZZINESS, how often have you...

  never once or twice at least once a month every week daily
A. EXPERIENCED this injury at work?
B. REPORTED this injury to your union representative, supervisor or manager?

* 23. In the last 3 years, regarding DISLOCATION OR BROKEN BONE, how often have you...

  never once or twice at least once a month every week daily
A. EXPERIENCED this injury at work?
B. REPORTED this injury to your union representative, supervisor or manager?

* 24. In the last 3 years, regarding FOREIGN BODY IN EYE REQUIRING HOSPITAL TREATMENT, how often have you...

  never once or twice at least once a month every week daily
A. EXPERIENCED this injury at work?
B. REPORTED this injury to your union representative, supervisor or manager?

* 25. In the last 3 years, regarding INTERNAL INJURIES, how often have you...

  never once or twice at least once a month every week daily
A. EXPERIENCED this injury at work?
B. REPORTED this injury to your union representative, supervisor or manager?

* 26. In the last 3 years, regarding SEVERE BRUISING OR SWELLING REQUIRING MEDICAL TREATMENT, how often have you...

  never once or twice at least once a month every week daily
A. EXPERIENCED this injury at work?
B. REPORTED this injury to your union representative, supervisor or manager?

* 27. In the last 3 years, regarding OTHER* INJURIES THAT REQUIRED TREATMENT AT HOSPITAL, how often have you...

  never once or twice at least once a month every week daily
A. EXPERIENCED this injury at work?
B. REPORTED this injury to your union representative, supervisor or manager?
*Please specify other injury:                                                  

* 28. In the last 3 years, have you filed a WSIB claim regarding any of the following major injuries? (Please check all that apply.)

  Yes, filed one or more claims for this injury Received compensation
A. major cuts requiring stitches
B. serious burns requiring treatment at hospital
C. major back sprain or strain
D. head injury resulting in unconsciousness or serious dizziness
E. dislocation or broken bone
F. foreign body in eye requiring hospital treatment
G. internal injuries
H. severe bruising or swelling requiring medical attention
I. other injury

* 29. Have you EVER had a serious injury at work that you DID NOT REPORT to your union or management?


Other Questions about Health and Safety

This section asks questions about discrimination and other risks in your workplace.

* 30. In the last 3 YEARS, how often have you personally experienced racial discrimination at work?

* 31. In the last 3 YEARS, how often have you personally experienced sexual discrimination at work?

* 32. In the last 3 YEARS, how often have you personally experienced other forms of discrimination at work?

*Please specify other form(s) of discrimination you have experienced at work:                                                  


* 33. In your current job, are you assigned dirty, dangerous or unpleasant jobs more often than other workers?

* 34. In the job you have now, what are your chances of...

  none very low low some high very high
developing a non-fatal illness? (e.g. allergies, asthma etc.)
being non-fatally injured? (e.g. back injury, bruises, broken bones, repetitive strain injury etc.)
developing a potentially fatal disease? (e.g. cancer, lung disease, heart disease etc.)
being fatally injured or killed at work?


Reporting Workplace Hazards, Symptoms and Injuries

This section asks questions about concerns and motivations that may influence whether or not you report workplace hazards, injuries and symptoms in your current workplace.

* 35. How much concern do you have that an injury, hazard or symptom may be too minor to report to management, a supervisor or your union representative?

* 36. How much concern do you have that the paperwork/reports for hazard, symptom or injury reporting take too much time?

* 37. How much concern do you have that you will be blamed for an injury, symptom or hazard you report?

* 38. How much concern do you have about being criticized, belittled or disciplined by a supervisor or manager if you report an injury, symptom or hazard?

* 39. How much concern do you have about being criticized or belittled by co-workers if you report an injury, symptom or hazard?

* 40. How much concern do you have about being criticized, belittled or disciplined by HR (Human Resources) personnel if you report an injury, symptom or hazard?

* 41. How much concern do you have about being put on "modified work" if you report an injury, symptom or hazard? (Modified work means being assigned different hours or work or different duties so that you can work while recovering from an injury.)

* 42. How much concern do you have about being moved to another job within the company if you report an injury, symptom or hazard?

* 43. How much concern do you have about being fired or laid off if you report an injury, symptom or hazard?

* 44. How much concern do you have about losing a production bonus if you report an injury, symptom or hazard?

* 45. How much concern do you have about losing a prize for injury-free days if you report an injury, symptom or hazard?

* 46. How much concern do you have about facing financial hardship if you report an injury, symptom or hazard?

* 47. How much concern do you have about losing the chance to file for future compensation if you do not report an injury, symptom or hazard?

* 48. How much concern do you have about the safety of other workers if you do not report an injury, hazard or symptom?

* 49. Has personal pride ever stopped you from reporting a hazard, symptom or injury at work?


About You

This section asks demographic questions.

* 50. In which country were you born?

* 51. How long have you been living in Canada?

* 52. Are you:

* 53. What is your HIGHEST level of education?

*Please specify discipline and institution for your professional or graduate degree:                                

* 54. Do you see yourself as a visible minority?

* 55. Do you see yourself as a member an ethnic group (e.g. Scottish, Polish, Han Chinese, Shabak, Somali etc.)?

* 56. Do you see yourself as a member of a religious or spiritual community or group?

* 57. What languages do you speak regularly in your home?

* 58. How old are you?

Interview and Draw Information


* 59. Would you be willing to talk with us more about your health and safety experiences? (The interview will take 60-90 minutes. You will receive $25 as a token of appreciation for your time.)

* 60. Would you like your name placed in the ten draws for $25 prizes?

Please PRINT your contact information for the draws or the interview.

We will not share your information with anyone. Your information will only be used to contact you for the interview or if you win a draw. You will only be contacted for the interview if you answered 'yes' or 'maybe'. Your name will only be entered in the draws if you answered 'yes' to that question.

Name:
Phone Number (including area code):
Email:
When is the best time of the day/week to contact you?

Thank-you for taking the time to complete this survey to help make workplaces safer.

  • Please take a moment to go back over your survey and make sure that you have answered all of the questions.
  • After you have checked over the survey, place it in the addressed/stamped envelope and return it to the University of Windsor.
  • Preliminary results of the survey will be available through a link on your union website soon...

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