Re: Royal Mail – PiC (Person In Charge) Cover in the Event of Industrial Action by
Unite/CMA Members – Health & Safety Duty of Care
The Health, Safety & Environment Department have had a number of enquiries from Area
Health and Safety Reps regarding the impending Unite/CMA Industrial Action scheduled
to take place from mid-day Tuesday 31 May to mid-day Wednesday 1 June in respect of
there being no Person in Charge present in operational units and therefore compromising
Royal Mail’s health and safety legal duties, duty of care, risk management, ensuring the
safety of the workforce and dealing with emergency situations etc.
This has been discussed with Royal Mail and the Royal Mail Group, Logistics Head of Health
and Safety has detailed the approach being taken by Royal Mail as follows:-
“During any periods of Industrial Action where there may be a short period where the PiC is
not on site. How this is managed is Referenced in the RM PiC Handbook, extract below;
In some Cases units will be in use without a manager present at the location for
Example to provide access for drivers and vehicles. In these circumstances, you
or a deputy PiC must be available by means of telephone call to deal with any
issue that arises on site. The relevant telephone numbers must be displayed
prominently on site.
In recognition of this, and to mitigate any risk, we have created a Safety One Pager, which
will be issued to all those who are supporting during this time. In each region, either a Head
of SHE or SHE Manager will be available on the phone (numbers have been published), and I
(Lisa Durrant Mail Group, Logistics Head of Health and Safety will be in CPC (Central Postal
Control). I hope this helps, and gives you sufficient reassurance to allay any fears amongst
your members. As ever, happy to discuss further if necessary.” Regards Lisa Durrant
Attached for your information:-
Ø Copy of the above reference communication from Royal Mail Group, Logistics Head of
Health and Safety.
Ø Copy of the Safety ‘One Pager’ Guidance.
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer
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