Updated Union Safety Reps Brown Book Bible Now Available
New guidance has been launched by the HSE on workers representation and involvement in health and safety, whilst at the same time the HSE website pages regarding workers involvement have also been updated.
At the October '08 launch both the Health and Safety Minister Lord McKenzie and HSE Chair Judith Hackitt spoke strongly in support of Trade Union Safety Representatives and the benefits of better safety standards provided by actively involved Safety Reps.
The '6 Pack' Essential Reading
A number of statutory instruments, following EU health & safety legislation, known as the "six pack" came into force.
Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (HSE Books) , Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare)
Amended H&S legislation applicable to the above can be found in:
Slips Trips and Falls Guidance For Contact Centres
The HSE have issued new guidance written with input from the NW BTU H&S Co-ord's CWU members, Lee Davies & Chris Ingram.
HSE Advice on Working With DSE (VDU)
Working with display screen equipment (visual display units) have an inherent health and safety risk to all users, that whilst not immediate obvious, can cause problems with eye sight, musculoskeletal disorders, work related upper limb disorders, posture problems, headaches, general aches and pains and even in extreme case deep vein thrombosis.
This new guidance form the HSE is a document that all union safety reps should have in their library and make use of regularly.
Click the pic to download a pdf version of the leaflet.
Health, Work and Wellbeing - ACAS
Ahead of Depression Awareness Week (21st To 26th April), ACAS has produced a booklet dealing with mental health, musculoskeletal disorders
Health & Safety Is A Gender Issue
Click pic to download factsheet from Hazards
Women and Occupational Health
Health and Safety Guide for Disabled Workers
Additionally guidance in the form of a pdf document, written by the Disability Rights Commission and the HSE, has also been launched and is available for download from the E-Library by clicking on the pic to the left, and selecting category 'Discrimination & Diversity'.
The document is in the 'easyread' format ensuring it is accessible to those who are sight impaired and shows how employers and disabled workers can work together to make everyone safer.
You can also access the HSE website disability section here
Lighten The Load - CWU H&S Advice
The purpose of this Safe Working On Delivery Guide is to help ensure
the risks to health and safety on Delivery work are properly controlled and to achieve a reduction in accidents at work, stress and ill health
within Royal Mail Letters Delivery in order that fewer numbers of
members get hurt as they go about their daily business and can perform
their walk more effectively.
HSE Guidance On Office Safety
The HSW has produced a booklet on safety in office environments.
HSE Issues Guidelines on Involving Workers
New DSE H&S Advice Issued
HSE have updated their DSE advice - finally!
Healthy Work: Productive Workplaces
'Healthy Work: Productive Workplaces' also reinforces the inextricable link between healthy workplaces and economic performance, suggesting that too many people are still employed in jobs that both cause ill health and lead to poor productivity.
Hazards at Work 2009
The new edition of Hazards will be used by reps, officers, employers, professionals in the field and even enforcement officers. The book explains the way unions organise to improve health, safety and welfare, and gives details of key legal provisions and how they are enforced. There is also a whole new section on people in ‘vulnerable’ categories, such as young workers, shift workers, agency workers and disabled workers.
New Guide from HSE on sick Absence
HSE have issued a new guide aimed at Union Safety Reps and other Trade Union reps to help them prevent sick absence turning into job loss.
Under the hading of 'Working Together' this 11 page booklet can be downloaded here.
The TUC are campaigning to ensure all workers are aware of their rights to ensure they are not working longer hours than the law allows.
Remember: Trade Union members are entitled to a discount on TUC prices