Health and Wellness

Taking care of yourself and your family is critical to your well being and growth. In an attempt to support you in these efforts, we have developed a series of articles and links that will provide advice and insights.

Mental Health Resources

The construction industry and millwrights in particular have much higher rates of depression and suicide than the general population. The SSMRC has joined forces with Domain Wellness Partners to provide information about causes and solutions to mental-health challenges associated with our trade. Click the button below to access a wealth of resources for improving mental health.

Department of Labor making mental health a priority

In a blog post in January, U.S. Secretary of Labor Mary Walsh shared news of a report that was sent to Congress that highlights the Employee Benefits Security Administration’s commitment to ensuring access to treatment for mental health conditions or substance abuse disorders.

U.S. Supreme Court blocks OSHA vaccine mandate

On Jan. 13, the Supreme Court of the United States blocked a mandate from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration that would have required all employers with 100 or more employees to require those employees to either be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or to be tested weekly and wear masks at work.

OSHA announces COVID-19 vaccine, testing rule; appeals court puts rule on hold

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced on Nov. 4 an Emergency Temporary Standard on COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing. Two days later – after multiple lawsuits were filed – the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals put the new rule on hold until the court system decides its legality.

Delta Variant 101: What to know about the COVID strain that’s causing a rapid rise in U.S. cases

Learn about the delta variant of COVID-19 through 13 questions and answers about what makes it different from previous COVID strains and more.

UBC Covid Vaccine Consent Form

If you would like to have your COVID vaccine status displayed on your training verification card in TRAIN, please fill out and return this consent form.

COVID-19 vaccine information and resources

Much information and a wealth of resources surrounding COVID-19 vaccinations are now available. Check out some of them here.

All U.S. residents 18 and older to be eligible for COVID-19 vaccine by April 19

Click above to read answers to frequently asked questions about the vaccine and to find out where vaccinations are available.

SSMRC launches mental-health wellness campaign

As part of Mental Health Awareness Month in May, the SSMRC is teaming up with Domain Wellness Partners to provide information, tips and guidance to help members stay strong mentally and live more satisfying and fulfilling lives.

Drugs, drug testing, and your union

From time to time in our union, issues involving drugs and the workplace come up. These issues affect our members, our contractors, and the end users – everyone that depends on our support within our Council.

How to get a good night’s sleep

Lack of sleep impairs concentration, productivity, and the immune system, and can lead to high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and mental health issues.

Do your part to support safety and health programs

The SSMRC and UBC Millwrights are supporting Safe + Sound Week, a nationwide event held each August to recognize the successes of workplace health and safety programs and offer ideas for keeping America's workers safe.

Wellness is a benefit for everyone

What can you do and how can you contribute to ensure we have the best health and welfare possible for all members? There’s one simple answer – something anyone could control no matter what they are faced with.

Check with your state health department to learn when you are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine

While the COVID-19 vaccination program is a federal initiative, each state determines who is eligible to receive the vaccine and when.