RE: Engineering Technician Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) on Parcel Sorting and Conveyor Machines
Please find attached a Joint Statement signed by James Baker (Chief Engineer at Royal Mail) and Dave Joyce (National Health, Safety and Environment Officer) on use of PPE when working on PSM and conveyor machines. Although this is a health and safety matter the Joint Statement also deals with the issue of compliance, with potential use of the Conduct Code where this is persistent. In my view this is therefore an issue proper for consideration by the Postal Executive.
A number of safety issues specific to these machines have been identified by members and representatives and provision and use of appropriate protective equipment and clothing is appropriate.
The non-compliance section proposes a “tiered” approach based on discussion to reinforce the need to wear PPE before any potential conduct code action may be contemplated. It is also clear that any application of the Conduct Code should be as a last resort and with a view to achieving compliance rather than punitive in nature.
Any enquiries should be addressed to PTCS department, quoting reference PTC/RH/kh/120. Email address: email@example.com