Union of correctional officers calls for inmates’ medical information

UCCO pushing for federal Blood Samples Act requiring disclosure after exposure
By Liz Foster
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/16/2016

The union of Canadian Correctional Officers (UCCO) is once again pushing for improved safety measures.

The union is calling for a federal Blood Samples Act, which would provide members with an inmate’s medical information following contact with his bodily fluids. Currently, correctional officers in federal institutions do not have a right to know if an inmate has a disease that could be passed on to them through contact with bodily fluids.

Officers are regularly attacked with urine, feces and blood, said Jason Godin, second national vice-president of UCCO.