Safe & Well – September 2018

Safe & Well – September 2018

To: All Branches

Dear Colleagues,

Please see September’s edition of Safe and Well newsletter with contributions from our USRs and field teams.

There is a continuing focus on Near Misses, an incident a USR has flagged in and was happy to share, a focus on MEWPs (both around GSP role and people demonstrating the controls and also in getting people to consider when they should be using them) and a refresh on the top level ways people can get Health and Safety info.

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

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Safe and Well Issue 62 September 2018



CWU History and Heritage Project

CWU History and Heritage Project

Further to LTB 300/18 regarding the preservation of the Union’s important Branch historical records and archives. A number of Branches contacted the General Secretary’s Department showing interest in lodging these documents at CWU HQ but unfortunately Branches have experienced difficulties in actually getting them there. This is understandable considering the logistics of sending what are often quite considerable amounts of documentation to Wimbledon. This has been discussed with the Research Department and it has been agreed that a different approach might be needed, therefore it may be easier if we try a Regional approach to this problem.

As such we will, during the coming weeks, be speaking to Regional Secretaries, Learning Reps and others to discuss ways of resolving this problem. It is vitally important that we preserve the records of the Union for future generations of trade unionists and those who write and study the history of working people. Once we have undertaken this consultation Branches will be informed of the outcome and how we can move this issue forward.

Any enquiries regarding this LTB should be sent to

Yours sincerely

Dave Ward

General Secretary


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Health & Safety North Conference and Exhibition at ‘Event City’ Manchester ‪on 9-10 October 2018‬. (A Free to Attend Event)

Health & Safety North Conference and Exhibition at ‘Event City’ Manchester on 9-10 October 2018. (A Free to Attend Event)

To: All Branches

Dear Colleagues,

This ‘Free to Attend’ event was established in 2007. Health & Safety North is a combined Safety Industry Exhibition and Conference with a number of seminars on various safety subject matter of interest to Safety Managers and Trade Union Health and Safety Representatives alike. The organisers which include the British Safety Council state that the event creates a space for the health and safety community to come together to explore current issues and propose answers for the future as well as look at the latest products and innovations available to the health and safety world. Registration is free now and those registering will receive a credentials badge in the post giving quick access on the day and exclusive pre-event news. Health & Safety North 2018 has a host of brand new features aimed to provide the Health and Safety Community value from a visit to the show – all for FREE.

The event, which is co-located with Fire Safety North, which is where health and safety practitioners and communities from across the North of England come together to learn, network and procure. It also offers more than 36 hours of FREE CPD-accredited seminars, which cover topics such as Preparing for ISO45001, Managing a Fatal Accident and Dealing with an Inquest, Working At Height and Preventing Falls, Working in Confined Spaces and much more.

After ten successful years at the Bolton Arena, Health & Safety North moves to its new home at the ‘Event City’ Manchester, offering easier access for visitors, exhibitors and more.

The Registration Badge provides access to two days of professional content seminars designed specifically for the health and safety practitioner in partnership with the British Safety Council. Speakers include industry leaders and key industry influencers as they discuss, debate and confront the biggest challenges facing the Health and Safety Industry in 2018.

Fire Safety North is an independent event complete with free-to-attend CPD accredited content and major brand representation that will help fire and safety professionals achieve and maintain the very highest standards of fire safety management. Delegates can attend this event free also.

New exhibiting companies in 2018 include; Blaxtair, Amosite, Vensis, ACS Health & Safety and TUV-SUD who join a host of the UK’s leading manufacturers and suppliers exhibiting.

Conference Seminars

Conference content for Health & Safety North is selected and delivered by the British Safety Council.

Follow this link to see the programme of seminars for Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th October:

A copy of the programme of seminars is also attached to this LTB.

You can register to attend Health & Safety North for FREE at:

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

18LTB540 Health & Safety North Conference and Exhibition at ‘Event City’ Manchester on 9-10 October 2018

H&S North Conference Seminar Programme

Further to LTB No. 534/18 the following amendments will be debated. Copies of these amendments will be available at the Forum.

Policy and Handling – RMPFSL Policy Forum – Thursday 20th September

Further to LTB No. 534/18 the following amendments will be debated. Copies of these amendments will be available at the Forum.














Any enquiries regarding the content of this LTB should be addressed to the PTCS Department, quoting reference number 320 email: or to the Outdoor Department quoting reference 120.12: email address:

Yours sincerely

Ray Ellis

Assistant Secretary


Mark Baulch

Assistant Secretary


Amendment to Recommendations 4&8

Policy and Handling – RMPFSL Policy Forum – Thursday 20th September

Policy and Handling – RMPFSL Policy Forum – Thursday 20th September

Please find below the proposed Policy and Handling for amendments published in LTB523/18.













































Any enquiries regarding the content of this LTB should be addressed to the PTCS Department, quoting reference number 320 email: or to the Outdoor Department quoting reference 120.12: email address:

Yours sincerely


Ray Ellis – Assistant Secretary

Mark Baulch – Assistant Secretary


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Purple Tuesday – The Retail Experience should be Purple Tuesday Every Day

Purple Tuesday – The Retail Experience should be Purple Tuesday Every Day

If you are not a disabled person, going shopping is for most, an everyday experience that is absolutely taken for granted. However, put yourself in the shoes of a disabled person, someone who is unable for mobility or other health reasons is unable to do this; you enter a world of disadvantage and discrimination. A lot of shops pay scant regard to a disabled person needs. On Tuesday 13th November 2018 the first ‘Purple Tuesday’ will be launched. Its aim is simple – to encourage retailers to embrace accessibility and inclusivity (as put by SCOPE). So far, big retail names such as ASDA, M&S and Sainsbury’s have committed to signing up to this initiative.

The CWU believes it is past time that more respect is shown towards disabled shoppers. We agree with disability organisations when they say that every day should be a ‘Purple Tuesday’. There is no excuse for today’s retailers to treat disabled people in a way which leaves them feeling isolated, humiliated and degraded. Besides, there is clear economic sense to be disability-friendly. The Purple Pound as it is known is worth a cool £250 billion a year to retailers.

The CWU is encouraging both our DAC and Regional Equality Committees to work to promote Purple Tuesday a much as possible. We will be liaising with Coms to get a poster done that can be used by you. In addition to raising awareness of this in various workplaces this is a good opportunity for some coordinated work to be done to engage various MPs asking them to build on Purple Tuesday so that the concept of a more inclusive and accessible shopping experience is not just a one-day token calendar event. We should lobby so this becomes the norm and the disabled community can shop with dignity and respect, just like the rest of us.

Any enquiries on the content of this LTB should be addressed to dnoel@cwu.orgin the Equal Opportunities Department.

Yours sincerely

Dave Ward

General Secretary

LTB 536 – Purple Tuesday – The Retail Experience should be Purple Tuesday Every Day

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£750 Pension Payments

£750 Pension Payments

Under the terms of the pension deal struck as part of the Four Pillars Agreement, RMG and the CWU agreed the introduction of a £750 payment to members of the Royal Mail Pension Plan (RMPP) which they can use towards the cost of obtaining financial advice on retirement. This LTB sets out the criteria to qualify for this payment and how it will be paid in practice.

As Branches will be aware, our Agreement provided for the introduction of a new Collective Defined Contribution (CDC) pension scheme that will provide all members with a decent wage and security in retirement. But while we wait to secure final legal and parliamentary approval for our new CDC Scheme, transitional pension arrangements took effect from 1st April 2018.

As a result of all the recent pension changes and in view of the existing knowledge gap on pensions, the Four Pillars Agreement recognised that “employees’ pension arrangements and choices will become more complicated in future, particularly in relation to the Normal Retirement Age (NRA) 65 benefits payable on retirement from the RMPP”. Until the new CDC Scheme is introduced, transitional support arrangements have therefore been put in place.

Who qualifies for the £750 payment?

Those qualifying for the £750 payment will be members of the Royal Mail Pension Plan (RMPP) who take their NRA 65 benefits (actuarially reduced by 5% per annum if taken after 55 but before 65) and leave the company during the transitional period.

To be a member of the RMPP you must have joined Royal Mail and the pension scheme before 1 April 2008.

The £750 payment can be used by eligible employees towards the cost of obtaining financial advice on retirement.

How will the payment be made?

The pension administration team will liaise with the payroll team to confirm when the eligibility criteria has been met (i.e. an RMPP member is drawing their NRA 65 pension and leaving the business) and the £750 payment will be triggered and paid automatically.

The payment does not need to be claimed by the individual employee and will be made (after deduction of income tax and national insurance) directly into the individual’s bank account.

Royal Mail has confirmed their systems are now “live” so the 200 or so payments triggered to date will be processed and paid. Future payment runs will then be made on a monthly basis.

Any further enquiries in relation to the content of this LTB should be addressed to the DGS(P) Department.

Yours sincerely,

Terry Pullinger

Deputy General Secretary (Postal)   

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Lyme Disease and Tick Bites – Public Health England Warning – Steep Rise in Case Numbers

Lyme Disease and Tick Bites – Public Health England Warning – Steep Rise in Case Numbers:

To: All Branches

Dear Colleagues,

Earlier this year Public Health England published worrying figures indicating a steep rise in Lyme disease cases showing a 35% rise in confirmed cases over the previous year.

The Health, Safety & Environment Department has had reported cases of members unfortunately falling victim to tick bites and suffering from the effects of nasty serious infection. We are therefore taking the opportunity once again to raise awareness of the risk and warn members to be aware and take appropriate precautions to avoid tick bites plus what to do in the event of being bitten.

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted to humans by tick bites. It’s usually easier to treat if it’s diagnosed early. The ticks themselves have to be infected with the bacteria in order to pass it on, and not all bites result in the condition, but the UK sees around 3,000 cases a year and the numbers are on the rise with a significant increase.

BBC Health Video – Ticks and Lyme disease

Watch this video:-

High Risk Tick Areas in the UK

UK areas known to have a particularly high population of ticks include Exmoor, the New Forest, the South Downs, the Lake District, the North York Moors, and the Scottish Highlands. Ticks are also relatively common in parts of Wiltshire, Berkshire, Surrey, West Sussex and Norfolk.

Lyme disease-carrying ticks can be found throughout the UK in urban parks and gardens as well as in the countryside. Typical habitats vary across Europe, but typically include deciduous and coniferous woodland, heathland, moorland, rough pasture, forests and urban parks. Ticks can also sometimes be found in private gardens, especially those with shady shrubberies or deep vegetation and a strong local wildlife population.

Symptoms of Lyme disease

Many people with early symptoms of Lyme disease develop a circular red skin rash around a tick bite. One of the clearest signs of Lyme infection are characteristic “bulls eye” lesions around the site of a tick bite, although in some countries this is also caused by a different type of tick-borne infection that requires different treatment. The rash can appear up to 3 months after being bitten by a tick and usually lasts for several weeks. Most rashes appear within the first 4 weeks. The rash is often described as looking like a bull’s-eye on a dartboard. The skin will be red and the edges may feel slightly raised. Not everyone with Lyme disease gets the rash however. Some people also have flu-like symptoms in the early stages, such as:

• a high temperature, or feeling hot and shivery

• headaches

• muscle and joint pain

• tiredness and loss of energy

What are ticks?

Ticks are related to spiders, mites and scorpions. There are many different species of tick living in Britain, each preferring to feed on the blood of different animal hosts. However they will bite humans. Ticks that may cause Lyme disease are found all over the UK, but high-risk areas include grassy and wooded areas in Southern England and the Scottish Highlands. It’s very important to be aware of ticks and to safely remove them as soon as possible, just in case they are infected (see attached images).

How to spot and remove ticks

Tick bites aren’t always painful. You may not notice a tick unless you see it on your skin. Regularly check your skin and your children’s or pets’ skin after being outdoors.

To remove a tick safely:

• Use fine-tipped tweezers or a tick-removal tool – you can buy these from some pharmacies, vets and pet shops.

• Grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible.

• Slowly pull upwards, taking care not to squeeze or crush the tick. Dispose of it when you’ve removed it.

• Clean the bite with antiseptic or soap and water.

• If you’ve been bitten by a tick or visited an area recently where infected ticks are found and you become unwell with flu-like symptoms – such as feeling hot and shivery, headaches, aching muscles or feeling sick, or a circular red rash develops – See a G.P. and don’t delay. Tell the doctor that you’ve been in forests or grassy areas.

Treatment from your GP

• Your GP will ask about your symptoms and consider any rash or recent tick bites you know about.

• Lyme disease can be difficult to diagnose. It has similar symptoms to other conditions and there is not always an obvious rash.

• Two types of blood test are available to help confirm or rule out Lyme disease. However, these tests are not always accurate in the early stages of the disease.

• You may need to be re-tested if you still have Lyme disease symptoms after a negative result.

• If your GP thinks you might have Lyme disease, they’ll prescribe a 3-week course of antibiotics. It’s important to finish the course, even if you start to feel better.

• Some people with severe symptoms will be referred to a specialist in hospital for injections of stronger antibiotics.

• Most people with Lyme disease get better after antibiotic treatment. This can take months for some people, but the symptoms should improve over time.

• People with symptoms of Lyme disease that last a long time after treatment may be referred to a specialist in hospital for advice and more blood tests.

• Call 111 If you can’t speak to your G.P. and don’t know what to do next.

Ongoing symptoms

A few people who are diagnosed and treated for Lyme disease continue to have symptoms – like tiredness, aches and loss of energy – that can last for years. These symptoms are often compared to ‘Fibromyalgia’ and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. It’s not clear why this happens to some people and not others. This means there is also no agreed treatment. Speak to your doctor if your symptoms come back after treatment with antibiotics or don’t start to improve.


Don’t take up online website offers of tests and treatment for Lyme disease. Speak to your doctor for advice before buying tests or treatments online.

How to avoid tick bites

To reduce the risk of being bitten:

• Cover your skin while walking outdoors in the countryside and tuck your trousers into your socks.

• Use insect repellent on your clothes and skin – products containing DEET are best.

• Stick to paths whenever possible.

• Wear light-coloured clothing so ticks are easier to spot and brush off.

Lyme Disease facts

• Lyme disease is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi.

• It can be transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected tick.

• It has a clinical diagnosis.

• It cannot be confidently ruled out by any current test.

• It can be difficult to diagnose

• Lyme disease symptoms overlap with those of many other diseases.

• Early symptoms may include headache, fatigue, fever, facial palsy and a skin rash called erythema migrans.

• It may spread to affect the whole body including eyes, joints, heart and brain.

• If inadequately treated or treated late, it may be difficult to cure.

• Lyme disease is treated with antibiotics.

• Lyme disease was named in 1975, after a number of cases occurred in Old Lyme, Connecticut, USA.

• Lyme disease is not a new disease, it was known in Europe under different names in the early 20th century and was carried by Neolithic “Ötzi the Iceman”.

• Lyme disease is not spelt Lymes disease, Limes disease or Lime disease.

• Lyme disease may also be called Lyme Borreliosis.

• Lyme disease-carrying ticks can be found throughout the UK in urban parks and gardens as well as in the countryside.

• Lyme disease has lots of unknowns, see JLA Process.


• Ticks & Lyme Disease Leaflet

• Lyme Disease Poster 1

• Lyme Disease Poster 3

• Tick Images

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

18LTB539 Lyme Disease & Tick Bites – Public Health England Warning – Steep Rise in Case Numbers



Tick Images

Ticks Lyme Disease Leaflet

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CWU Disability Awareness for Reps Workshop

CWU Disability Awareness for Reps Workshop

 Dear Colleague,

You may recall that the following policy was set at Disability Conference 2016 and in pursuance of meeting its terms a draft course has been developed, trialed to and endorsed by members of the Disability Advisory Committee and the Equal Opps Department:

That this Conference instructs the Disability Advisory Committee to pursue the following policy: Conference instructs the DAC to work closely with the NEC and the Education Department to develop a one day awareness course on disability for representatives. These courses to be run in the field, so making it accessible for all. Nottingham and District Amal

Some minor amendment, as suggested during delivery of the pilot, was adopted and the workshop is now available for local / regional field delivery.

It should be noted that the workshop is informal, unaccredited and does not attract formal paid release. However, it may be successfully argued locally that where the trade union is recognized by the employer, this CWU approved training is relevant to any representative’s duties and therefore paid release may apply.

Any enquiries regarding this LTB should be addressed to Michelle Simpson or Neil Coleby by telephoning 0208 971 7340 (Michelle) or 07801 364088 (Neil) or by email to

Yours sincerely

Trish Lavelle
Head of Education & Training

LTB 535 – CWU Disability Awareness for Reps Workshop

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