Not One Day More Demonstration – Saturday 1st July 2017 –CWU section meeting point 

Not One Day More Demonstration – Saturday 1st July 2017 – meeting point 

Further to LTB 361/17, in relation to the People’s Assembly ‘Not One Day More’ #ToriesOut demonstration this Saturday, the CWU section on the march will be within the trade union bloc.

 

We will be meeting at the big CWU balloons at midday at: BBC Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London, W1A 1AA. We will then be marching to Parliament Square in Westminster.

 

Following the general election result on 8th June, it is crucial that the labour movement maintains momentum in campaigning against the Conservatives and for a transformative Labour government. We would therefore urge branches to attend and take part in this.

 

Details of coaches that are being organised by the People’s Assembly from around the country are available on their website: http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Dave Ward

General Secretary

Accepting Postboxable Mail on Delivery Trial

Accepting Postboxable Mail on Delivery Trial 

Dear Colleague,

 

Branches and Representatives will be aware as part of the commitment contained within the Agenda for Growth Agreement a Collections Joint Working Group was established in order to jointly address the challenge of increasing collections and delivery competition in letters and parcels.

 

As a result we have agreed to undertake a 2 month trial starting in July 2017 whereby delivery colleagues will accept Postboxable mail handed to them by customers during the course of performing their deliveries. This builds on the existing commitment within the 2014 Postbox Strategy agreement to retain the facility for customers in rural areas to hand letters to their delivery postmen/women.

 

The offices selected for this trial are Salford/Umston, Rochdale, Bexleyheath and Purley.

 

As part of this trial, there will be a detailed evaluation to determine the potential impact across a range of areas on accepting mail from customers whilst on delivery in urban area(s) in order to understand the viability from both a commercial and operational perspective, in particular the impact on delivery operations. Key areas of activity will be:

 

• Develop a set of operating parameters for an urban area trial, including relevant safeguards e.g. mail can only be collected by a postperson whilst in the course of their delivery, but exclude the facility to flag them down whilst driving a van.

• Ensure the process is fully risk assessed for safety and compliance in line with the existing operational specification for rural areas.

• Understanding any differences between the current rural service offering and that deployed in urban areas.

• Advertise the trial in the DO catchment areas through a bespoke D2D leaflet campaign.

• Quality Measurements, colleague and customer feedback and stakeholder inputs captured.

• Review of the volumes and whether there is any impact against the postbox volumes within the trial areas, which can be ascertained against the accepting on delivery trial.

 

We have also jointly agreed that the specific success criteria for this initiative will include:

• Number of health and safety incidents involving any operational arrangements as part of this activity in urban areas.

• Review of the risks from any changes required to Safe Systems of Working (SSOW).

• Analysis on the impact on quality of service.

• Effective management of any people change implications including training.

 

The trial for Accepting Postboxable Mail on Delivery will be jointly monitored Nationally and remain under ongoing joint review as part of the Collections Joint Working Group.

 

Any queries to the content of the above please contact the Outdoor Department reference: 535. Email address: outdoorsecretary@cwu.org.

 

 

 

Yours Sincerely,

 

 

 

 

Mark Baulch

CWU Assistant Secretary Elect

RM & CWU Accepting Postboxable Mail on Urban Delivery Trial

 
 
TERMS OF REFERENCE

Accepting Postboxable Mail on Delivery Trial

 

Introduction

 

In line with Delivery Programme of Works – Annex A as contained in the Agenda for Growth, Stability and Long Term Success National Agreement between Royal Mail Group and the Communication Workers’ Union, a Collections Joint Working Group has been established to enable success in a dynamic and changing commercial environment and, in particular to address the challenge of increasing collections and delivery competition in letters and parcels. Royal Mail and the CWU share a commitment to work together to develop and deploy new work methods, equipment, processes and structures.

 

As part of the commitment above we have agreed to undertake a 2 month trial starting July 2017 whereby delivery colleagues will accept Postboxable mail handed to them by customers during the course of performing their deliveries. The offices selected for this trial are as follows:-

 

• Salford or Umston

• Rochdale

• Bexleyheath

• Purley

 

As part of this trial, there will be a detailed evaluation to determine the potential impact across a range of areas that can be assessed against the following aspects:-

 

• Safety

• Operational

• People

• Commercial

• Quality

 

This builds on the existing commitment within the 2014 Postbox Strategy agreement to retain the facility for customers in rural areas to hand letters to their delivery postmen/women and to examine the feasibility of extending this via trials to urban areas. Throughout this activity all existing national agreements, joint statements and guidelines covering Collection and Delivery arrangements will be fully adhered to.

 

Scope & Involvement

 

At the commencement of this trial nominated Royal Mail managers and CWU Divisional & Area Representatives responsible for the trial areas will be briefed by national leads from Royal Mail along with local managers and CWU representatives who will be directly involved with this trial. Following this briefing, planning activity for deployment of the trial will commence.

 

Local CWU representatives will be fully involved in all aspects of the trial, and will work together with Royal Mail to fully and meaningfully participate throughout in order to support and progress the planning and trial activity.

 

The joint objectives will be to enable the development of a mutual understanding of the initiative under consideration, its impact on the operation and individuals within each area/unit as well as to identify any emerging issues for discussion that require clarification or further work.

Initiative & Process

 

Accepting mail from customers whilst on delivery will be trialled in urban area(s) in order to understand the viability from both a commercial and operational perspective, in particular the impact on delivery operations. Key areas of activity will be:

 

• Develop a set of operating parameters for an urban area trial, including relevant safeguards e.g. mail can only be collected by a postperson whilst in the course of their delivery, but exclude the facility to flag them down whilst driving a van.

• Ensure the process is fully risk assessed for safety and compliance in line with the existing operational specification for rural areas

• Understanding any differences between the current rural service offering and that deployed in urban areas.

• Advertise the trial in the DO catchment areas through a bespoke D2D leaflet campaign.

• Quality Measurements, colleague and customer feedback and stakeholder inputs captured.

• Review of the volumes and whether there is any impact against the postbox volumes within the trial areas, which can be ascertained against the accepting on delivery trial.

 

There will be a monthly progress update to the Collections Joint Working Group.

 

Key Requirements / Enablers

 

Royal Mail and CWU jointly agree that the specific success criteria for this initiative will include:

• Number of health and safety incidents involving any operational arrangements as part of this activity in urban areas.

• Review of the risks from any changes required to Safe Systems of Working (SSOW).

• Analysis on the impact on quality of service.

• Effective management of any people change implications including training.

 

The above list is not exhaustive, will be developed further, and will form part of the monthly progress update to the Collections Joint Working Group.

 

Safety

 

Royal Mail and CWU share a joint agenda and commitment to ensure that safety is at the forefront of everyone’s thoughts and intentions at all times.  

 

As the initiative activity/planning progresses, any requirements for Risk Assessments, Safe Systems of Work (SSOW) and or Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to be reviewed as a result of the potential changes will be agreed by Royal Mail and CWU.

 

Review

 

The trial for Accepting Postboxable Mail on Delivery will be jointly monitored and remain under ongoing joint review. Any emerging issues will be resolved as part of the ongoing review with reference to existing national agreements, joint statements and guidelines where appropriate.

 

In addition the review at National and Local level and feedback on this initiative will be a regular feature of the Collections Joint Working Group, who will consider next steps. Both Royal Mail and the CWU confirm that no further changes will be made without proper notification, discussion and agreement in line with national agreements.

 

 

Signed​Anton Harding ​ Signed Mark Baulch  

​Delivery Excellence Director​Assistant Secretary (Elect)​

Date ​23rd June 2017

ToR Accepting Postboxable Mail Final

RM Group/CWU Dog Awareness Week 2017 – Mon 3 July to Sat 8 July

RM Group/CWU Dog Awareness Week 2017 – Mon 3 July to Sat 8 July:
To: All Branches with Postal Members 

All Regional Health and Safety Forums

All Royal Mail Group Area Health and Safety Reps
Dear Colleagues,
Royal Mail and the CWU will jointly launch the fifth annual Dog Awareness Week next Monday, which runs from Monday 3rd to Saturday 8th July 2017.
Aims of Dog Awareness Week:
The week aims to raise awareness of the issue of dog attacks on postmen and women and encourage responsible dog ownership. Royal Mail Group and the CWU are once again working jointly on the campaign.
3000 Dog Attacks on Postmen & Women A Year:
There are still around 3,000 dog attacks on postmen and women every year. Reported dog attacks have fallen by 7% over the previous year to around 2,500 but the CWU estimates that many minor incidents and attacks of approximately 500 – 1000 more go unreported and another part of the campaign is to encourage outdoor delivery members and Parcelforce members to report ALL incidents with dogs because the next time it may not be a minor incident or near thing and could be serious. It is discovered too often following serious attacks, resulting in life changing injuries that several minor incidents and near misses were not properly reported and had they done, the serious attack may have been avoided. Dog Attacks remain a major problem for the Royal Mail and Parcelforce Outdoor Workforce!
7 Postmen and Women Attacked by Dogs Every Day:
Based on the officially reported figures, seven postmen and women a day are attacked by dogs across the UK. This figure rises by 10% during the school holidays and in the summer months when parents and children are at home and family pets are allowed to roam properties and gardens without constraint or control, with front, back and side doors plus windows and side garden gates left open. We are now entering that time of the year when we see a spike in the number of dog attacks, hence the timing of Dog Awareness Week.
Research:
Research released last year as part of Royal Mail’s Dog Awareness Week found that nearly a third of UK parents who own a dog confessed that their canine has been loose in the house when an exterior door or windows were left open.
71% of Dog Attacks occur between the garden gate and front door.
In the last year, 41% of dog attacks on postal workers happened at the front door while 30% took place in the front garden or entrance to the property – 71% of Dog Attacks in total occur between the garden gate and front door. At these times, dogs are more likely to be unrestrained or unsupervised in or around the property being delivered to.
Dog & Animal Charities and Organisations Supporting Dog Awareness Week:
Royal Mail Group’s Dog Awareness Week is supported by the Communications Workers Union and a wide range of organisations and animal charities including Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, Dogs Trust, Blue Cross, PDSA, RSPCA, the National Police Chief’s Council and the National Dog Wardens Association.
Police Support:
The National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) are fully supporting the RMG/CWU Dog Awareness week again this year. The NPPC have been working in partnership with Royal Mail and the Communication Workers Union to use the new Dangerous Dogs Legislation (which the CWU achieved through the ‘Bite-Back’ Campaign) and the ‘Postal Workers Service Level Agreement’ (SLA), signed by RMG, CWU and NPCC to improve the safety of postal workers from dog attacks. In the Autumn of 2015, the Postal Workers SLA was piloted in 5 of the biggest Police forces in England; the Metropolitan, Merseyside, South and West Yorkshire and West Midlands, to try to understand the demand and any areas of improvement. The SLA has been a positive step forward in dealing with dog attacks and the NPCC is continuing to encourage Police forces nationally to utilise the tools available to them to tackle irresponsible dog ownership; by educating where possible and prosecuting where appropriate. Working together, Royal Mail Group, the Communication Workers Union and the National Police Chiefs’ Council will be considering the rollout of the SLA nationally in England and Wales, to ensure Dog Attack incidents are dealt with consistently.
Territorial Aggression:
Dogs can be quite protective of their owners and homes. They believe they are merely defending their territory, home and family, but it’s important to recognise that this behaviour can sometimes escalate to dog bite incidents with anyone coming to a home, including postmen and women. No one should feel unsafe in the workplace and it’s important dog owners realise this and act responsibly and comply with the law, that requires them to do just that. Owners must take the necessary steps to give postmen and women respect and safety from dog attacks. Owners should encourage good behaviour when postal workers come to make deliveries. Dog owners should be spending time getting their pets familiar with visitors coming to the house and so create a safer environment for all. The overwhelming majority of dogs that CWU members come into contact with do not present any problem at all but dogs are territorial and will defend themselves, their family and their territory if they feel it is being threatened.
Postmen and women deliver to over 29 million addresses across the country, six days a week and we want them to be vigilant, assess the situation, exercise caution and certainly take no risks when delivering the mail and parcels. This dog awareness week is also a campaign during summer time when we appeal to dog owners and their families to help reduce the numbers of attacks, particularly at the door and in the garden by securing and keeping control of their dogs and acting responsibly by taking a few simple precautions.
New Dog Control Laws:
The new law provides us with a great opportunity to hold those responsible to account, tackle irresponsible dog ownership and ultimately improve the safety and confidence of Postal Workers and all members of our communities. The new dog control laws now identify and penalise chronically irresponsible dog owners. One owner was fined £8,800 after his dog injured a Postwoman as she put letters through the door. The penalties can include losing their dogs, dog ownership bans, compensation orders, big fines and even jail. Dog owners need to fully understand that their actions usually are the cause of a dog being dangerous and simple precautions can prevent the pain for everyone concerned. No matter what breed of dog is involved, the dog can present a substantial danger to postal workers. Another aim of the week is to raise awareness of the new laws and the penalties dog owners risk facing if they fail to control their animals and an attack occurs.
Dog Awareness Week Postmark:
To help promote dog safety, a special Dog Awareness Week Postmark will be applied to all stamped items from Monday 3 July 2017 to Saturday 8 July 2017.
Area Safety Reps Dog Awareness Week Activity/Task Sheet:
CWU ASR’s will be fully involved in Dog Awareness Week and attached is a 5 day Activity/Task Sheet for ASRs to follow as a guide during Dog Awareness Week. ASRs will work jointly with the local Royal Mail Safety, Heath & Environment (SHE) Manager to select some of the units in the ASR’s area with the highest number of dog attacks. Across the period of the week separate activities have been highlighted to compliment the activities sent to the unit managers. ASRs are asked to try and visit a different delivery office each day and inform the management team at that office that you will be attending to support the scheduled Dog Awareness Week activities. To assists ASRs, copies of the Manager’s Dog Awareness Week Brief and Checklist, Dog Awareness Week Newsflash, Dog Attack Risk Control Matrix and the Dog Awareness Week Posters (internal version and external version) are all attached. ASRs should now be planning out the week and contacting the appropriate RMG SHE Advisor and relevant operational Managers for the units to be visited and safety inspected as part of the Dog Awareness Week actions. Thanks for your support.
Dog Awareness Week Activities:
A wide range of other activities will also be taking place during Dog Awareness Week including:
Royal Mail postmen and women speaking about their own experiences of dog attacks to the media.

Dog Awareness posters will be in place in all Royal Mail workplaces for staff awareness raising and in Royal Mail enquiry offices giving dog owners tips on how they can help by keeping their dogs under control.

Dog wardens will be visiting a number of Delivery Offices across the country giving dog safety talks to postmen and women.

Top Ten Postcode Areas for Highest Number of Dog Attacks 2016-17
Postcode Area Number of attacks
Northern Ireland (BT) 67

Brighton (BN) ​64

Peterborough (PE) 60

Guildford (GU) ​ 58

​Sheffield (S) 51

Tonbridge (TN) 51

Medway (ME) 49

Bristol (BS) ​ 48

Leeds (LS) 46

Nottingham (NG) 43

Top Tips for Dog Owners:
Even the most friendly dog can be a danger to postal staff. Dogs are territorial by nature and if they feel they need to protect their family, they can become unpredictable.
Here are some ideas to help your postman deliver your post in safety:
Ensure your dog is out of the way before the postman or woman arrives. Secure your dog in the back garden or a closed room.

If you have a back garden, please close off the access, in case your dog could get round to the front when the postman calls.

Dog attacks can happen when you’ve opened the door to sign for or collect an item which can’t go through the letterbox. Please keep your dog in another room before answering the door and make sure children don’t open the door, as dogs can push by them and attack.

Give your dog some food or a toy to occupy them while your mail is being delivered.

Wait 10 minutes after your mail has arrived before you let your pet back into your hallway. Check outside before letting the dog out to make sure the Postman or Woman has left and the gate is shut. Keep everything as calm and low-key as possible.

If your dog likes to attack your mail consider installing a wire letter receptacle. It will protect your post, and your postman’s fingers.

If it’s not practical for you to keep your dog away from a postman delivering your mail, please consider fitting a secure mailbox on the edge of your property.

Top Tips for Postmen & Women
AVOID & STAY SAFE
AVOID:
A – Avoid interacting with all dogs

V – Value yourself; don’t put yourself at risk

O – Observe; keep your walk log up to date

I – Inform others of potential risk to stop them being attacked

D – Defend yourself if necessary, using your delivery equipment
Speak to your manager or CWU rep to find out more.
STAY SAFE:
71% of attacks happen at a customer’s door or in their garden so take no risks

Never put your fingers through a letterbox – use a posting peg

If there’s a gate to the property, rattle it and wait a few seconds to see if a dog is present. Listen and look for signs of a dog’s presence, dog bed, toys, food & water bowls

Never accept assurances – always ask owners to restrain their dogs and step away

Use your pouch or trolley as a barrier between you and a dog, if approached unexpectedly

Never tease or antagonise a dog

Report all dogs on your duty via the WRAP system and check Walk Logs

Under the revised Dangerous Dogs Act, postal workers have legal protection from dog attacks on private property

If you are attacked, we urge you to report it, even minor incidents – first to your manager and then to the police. You could help stop future attacks happening

Royal Mail Group and the CWU are committed to driving Dog Attack numbers down. We now have the law in place to do it but we need to get messages across to members;
Firstly, don’t take risks!

Secondly, don’t ignore minor incidents! – report it! It may be far worse next time!

Thirdly, support investigations and prosecutions – too many injured members refuse to support prosecutions and give evidence, leaving dog owners guilty of criminal offences to get away scot-free!  

IMPORTANT ATTACHMENTS:-
Dog Awareness Week Manager’s Material & Checklist

Stay Safe – Dog Attack Risk Control Matrix (From RMG SHE Std 2.7)

Area Safety Reps Dog Awareness Week 2017 – Activity Guide Sheet

Dog Awareness Week RM Newsflash

Dog Awareness Week Internal Poster (AVOID)

Dog Awareness Week External Poster 

Yours sincerely
Dave Joyce

National Health, Safety & Environment Officer
Email Attachments – Click to download
Attachment 1 – LTB366/17 RM Group/CWU Dog Awareness Week 2017 – Mon 3 July to Sat 8 July:

Attachment 2 – V 1.1 Dog Awareness Week Managers Materials Checklist 2017

Attachment 3 – StaySafe – Dog Attack Risk Control Matrix (Appendix 3) (v2 2)

Attachment 4 – ASR CWU Dog Work Sheet

Attachment 5 – DA_Newsflash2017 v02 2

Attachment 6 – Dog Awareness internal poster A3 v03

Attachment 7 – Dog Awareness external poster English A3 v08

CWU Left Click Plus: 500 additional e-courses for members

CWU Left Click Plus: 500 additional e-courses for members
Dear Colleague,
Part of the challenge of the CWU Union Learning project has been to ensure that remote workers get as many opportunities to learn as those members in larger workplaces. The continuing development of the CWU Left Click platform is part of that process. Courses such as the ‘No Nonsense Guide to Digital Photography’, the ‘Express Yourself Creative Writing’ course and ‘Getting To Know Your Computer’ have all proved very popular. We hope that our new ‘Discovering Family History’ course, designed by our own CWU reps will be equally as well received.
We are determined to increase the amount of courses available to our members and with this in mind we have joined with leading ed-tech firm e-careers Ltd to provide CWU Left Click Plus. This platform offers over 500 high quality courses, including accredited CISCO networking courses, AAT accountancy courses and PRINCE 2 project management courses to name just a few. All of these courses are available at heavily discounted rates with an additional 10% discount for CWU members.
Paul Dovey has led on our work with e-careers which will give our members access to many certificated courses and learner support where previously they might not otherwise have been able to access it. Please note that Left Click Plus is the only place where course fees apply. While the courses on Left Click Plus are a useful addition to our offer, it is important to remind members that free courses remain available across the rest of the site.
An introductory email will be being sent to all CWU members for whom we have email addresses, notifying them of the new courses being made available. We also have posters (attached for circulating via noticeboards and traditional communication networks). Other posters promoting Left Click are available. Please contact the Education & Training Department for more.
This arrangement greatly increases the number of courses available to CWU members and allows us to focus our resources on activist training and the other free and bespoke content that will continue to be available at http://www.cwu.org/leftclick.
Any enquiries regarding this LtB and for further support to raise awareness about this initiative should be addressed to Paul Dovey at the Education & Training Department (pdovey@cwu.org).
Yours sincerely,

Trish Lavelle

Head of Education & Training
Email Attachments – Click to download
LTB 368/17 – CWU Left Click Plus: 500 additional e-courses for members

Left Click Plus poster

Left Click poster

Royal Mail / Communication Workers Union Dog Awareness Week  3-7 July 2017 

Royal Mail / Communication Workers Union Dog Awareness Week 3-7 July 2017 – 3,000 Postmen and Women Attacked By Dogs Every

Year – 7 Every Day! –Press Release
To: All Branches with Postal Members  

Dear Colleagues, 

Please see attached CWU Press Release ahead of next week’s joint annual RMG/CWU 2017 National ‘Dog Awareness Week’. 

Bad Dog Attacks on CWU members continue and this remains a No 1 health and safety concern and priority issue and daily risk for our members so it warrants CWU high priority. 

Further information will be issued to ASRs but Branches and Reps may wish to Reproduce the below Press Release in order to communicate it to the local and Regional Press and Media in your Branch Postcode Areas to maximise impact and coverage. 

Thanks in anticipation of your support. 

Regards & Best Wishes 

 

Dave Joyce

National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

Email Attachments – Click to download

LTB 365/17 Royal Mail / Communication Workers Union Dog Awareness Week

Press Release

The EU Six Pack Health & Safety Regulations – CWU Fact Sheet

The EU Six Pack Health & Safety Regulations – CWU Fact Sheet 

To: All Branches

Dear Colleagues,

In January 1992, six regulations on Health and Safety at Work were introduced. The requirements of these Regulations spelled out in detail what a responsible employer needs to do to comply with the requirements of EU Law and the UK’s 1974 Health and Safety at Work Act, the ‘umbrella Act’ under which the Regulations were introduced. 

The ‘six-pack’ is the name given to this group of most widely quoted sets of health and safety regulations. They came into effect in Britain after six European directives, collectively known as the ‘six-pack’, were issued by the European Commission. 

The main set of regulations is the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, also known as the ‘Management Regs’. They place a legal duty on employers to carry out a risk assessment as a first step in ensuring a safe workplace, and lie at the heart of the modern approach to health and safety at work in the UK.

Other ‘six-pack’ regulations cover, in summary, heating, lighting and ventilation at work, the safe use of computer screens and keyboards, handling heavy or awkward loads, rest breaks, and personal protective equipment. 

The importance of the ‘six pack’ regulations is shown by the fact that the Health and Safety Executive issue around 4,000 enforcement notices every year under the six regulations, and achieve over 200 convictions a year, a figure that sees fines increasing every year under the new sentencing council guidelines. 

The EU Six Pack of Regulations is explained in summary in the attached CWU Fact Sheet for Health and Safety Reps information and easy reference.

The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations

Manual Handling Operations Regulations

Display Screen Equipment (DSE) Regulations

Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations

Provision and use of Work Equipment Regulations

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Regulations

These important regulations have played an important role in the health and safety regime of the UK and as a result, the TUC, all UK Union and the Health and Safety Professional bodies are campaigning for their retention after ‘Brexit’.

The Regulations were introduced by the Secretary of State under the ‘Umbrella Act’ and central piece of UK Health and Safety Legislation, the Health and Safety At Work Act 1974, summarised below:-

The Health and Safety at Work Act

Health and safety law is very wide ranging. Most of it is not made through Acts of Parliament but by regulations.

The right to make regulations on health and safety was given to the Secretary of State under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. 

This Act, which came into force in 1975, was designed to ensure that all workers in all occupations were covered by health and safety legislation. Rather than have lots of different laws covering different groups, it provided a framework within which health and safety could be regulated by creating one simple system of law dealing with all aspects of health and safety of people at work.

The Act is written in very general terms and the duties on employers are qualified with the words ‘as far as is reasonably practicable‘. This means that employers have often argued that the costs of a particular safety measure are not justified by the reduction in risk which the measure would produce. The following are the main sections of the Act.

The following are the main sections of the Act:

Section 1

This states the general purpose of Part 1 of the Act, which is aimed at:

Maintaining or improving standards of health, safety and welfare of people at work.

Protecting other people against risks to health and safety arising out of work activities.

Controlling the storage and use of dangerous substances.

Controlling certain emissions into the air from certain premises.

Section 2

This puts a general duty on employers to:

Ensure the safety, health and welfare at work of their employees.

Consult them concerning arrangements for joint action on health and safety matters, and in certain circumstances, at the request of duly appointed or elected trade union safety reps, to establish safety committees.

Prepare and publicise a written statement of their safety policy and arrangements.

Sub-section (4) of this section of the Act makes provision by regulations for the appointment of workers’ safety reps by recognised trade unions.

Section 3

This places a general duty on employers and the self-employed to ensure that their activities do not endanger anybody, and, in certain circumstances, to provide information to the public about any potential hazards to health and safety.

Section 4

This places a duty on anybody responsible for places of work to ensure that premises themselves, as well as plant and machinery in them, do not endanger people using them.
Section 5

Controllers of premises as a prescribed class must use the best practicable means to prevent emissions into the atmosphere of noxious or offensive substances and to render harmless and inoffensive such substances as may be emitted.
Section 6

This places duties on anyone who designs, manufacturers, imports or supplies an article or substance for use at work to ensure, so far as it is under their control, that the article or substance is safe when used in accordance with information supplied by them. The duty extends to the provision of necessary information and the carrying out of necessary testing, inspection and research. Those who install plant also have a duty to ensure that it is safely installed.

Section 7

This places duties on employees to take reasonable care to ensure that they do not endanger themselves or anyone else who may be affected by their work activities; and to co-operate with employers and others in meeting statutory requirements.

Section 8

This places a duty on everyone not to misuse anything provided in the interests of health or safety at work under a statutory requirement.

Section 9

This provides that no employer may charge their employees for anything done or equipment provided for health or safety purposes under a statutory requirement.

Section 15

This section allows the Secretary of State to make regulations on health and safety under the Act.

Section 28 (8)

This requires Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspectors to supply certain information on health, safety and welfare matters affecting safety to workers or their representatives.

To see what the Act means in practice, it is necessary to look at the regulations made under the Act (E.g. The Six-Pack), or the official approved Codes of Practice (ACoPs) and guidance.

Attachment:- The EU Six Pack Health & Safety Regulations – CWU Fact Sheet.

Yours sincerely

 

Dave Joyce

National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

 

 

Email Attachments – Click to download

LTB 364/17 The EU Six Pack Health & Safety Regulations – CWU Fact Sheet

The EU Six Pack

PAPYRUS” – National Charity For The Prevention of Young Suicide

“PAPYRUS” – National Charity For The Prevention of Young Suicide 

To: All Branches

Dear Colleagues, 

Further to LTB 178/17 (copy attached) which the ‘PAPYRUS’ Charity very much appreciated, this is to inform Branches and Reps of updated contact information for ‘PAPYRUS’ following the organisation’s move from their old Bewsey Street premises in Warrington. The new Head Office is as follows: 

HEAD OFFICE:

Papyrus (Prevention of Young Suicide)

Head Office

Lineva House

28-32 Milner Street

Warrington

Cheshire, WA5 1AD.

Tel: 01925 572 444

Email: chris.vobe@papyrus-uk.org 

Mon-Fri 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

WEST MIDLANDS OFFICE:

Papyrus (Prevention of Young Suicide)

West Midlands Office

516-517 The Green House, 

The Custard Factory, 

Gibb Street, 

Birmingham, B9 4DP

Tel: 0121 437 0411

Email: enquirieswm@papyrus-uk.org

Mon-Fri: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm:

LONDON OFFICE: 

Papyrus (Prevention of Young Suicide)

London Office

30 Binney Street

Mayfair

London

W1K 5BW

Phone: 020 8943 5343

Mon-Fri: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm:

National Confidential Helpline – HOPELineUK

HOPELineUK for suicide prevention advice (confidential) phone: 0800 068 4141, text: 077 86 20 9697 or email: pat@papyrus-uk.org

If you are a young person at risk of suicide or are worried about a young person at risk of suicide – Don’t hesitate: 0800 068 41 41

Mon-Fri 10:00 am to 10:00 pm

Weekends 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Bank Holidays 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Attachment: PAPYRUS Guidance Sheet: 

“Talking about suicide – Silence is The Biggest Killer of Young People in the UK!”

Yours sincerely

 

Dave Joyce

National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Email Attachments – Click to download

LTB 363/17 “PAPYRUS” – National Charity For The Prevention of Young Suicide

Attachment PAPYRUS

LTB 178/17 “PAPYRUS” – National Charity For The Prevention of Young Suicide

KEN MCKENZIE AWARD FOR LIFELONG LEARNING 2017

KEN MCKENZIE AWARD FOR LIFELONG LEARNING 2017Dear Colleagues,

Branches will be aware of the policy adopted at General Conference 2010 to present the “Ken McKenzie Award for Lifelong Learning” which is presented to a Union Learning Representative (ULR) or group of ULRs who have made a significant contribution to lifelong learning within the CWU. The award is presented each year at our CWU ULR National Networking Event. This year will follow tradition and be part of the agenda at this year’s event scheduled to be held in Blackpool over two days on the 8th and 9th November 2017.

Last year the accolade was awarded jointly to Mel Cambridge (Scotland No. 2), Neil Crothall (Great Western) and Gavin Hardie (Plymouth & East Cornwall) and as usual we received a good number of nominations of a very high quality. 

I am now inviting applications for the 2017 Annual Ken McKenzie award for lifelong learning. The award will be made in recognition of exceptional achievements and contributions to lifelong learning and training by a CWU ULR or a group of CWU ULRs. Nominations can be made by Branches, Regional Learning Committees or Regional Committees by completing the attached nomination form.

Completed nominations should include a detailed précis of the nominated ULR or group of ULRs endeavours and achievements and be sent to:

Michelle Simpson, Education and Training Department, CWU, 150 The Broadway, Wimbledon, London, SW19 1RX or email learn@cwu.org

The closing date for nominations will be FRIDAY 6TH OCTOBER 2017.

Any queries relating to this LTB should be addressed to me via the Education and Training Department at learn@cwu.org

Yours sincerely,

 

TRISH LAVELLE

HEAD OF EDUCATION & TRAINING

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LTB 362/17 – KEN MCKENZIE AWARD FOR LIFELONG LEARNING 2017

Nomination Form