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20 October 2014

LTB 651/14 New laws to tackle nuisance dogs come into force today 20 October 2014

LTB 651/15 New laws to tackle nuisance dogs come into force today 20 October 2014

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No. 651/14

Ref P18/14

Date: 20 October 2014

To: All Branches

Dear Colleague,

New laws to tackle nuisance dogs come into force today 20 October 2014

Further to LTB 311/14 and the major article published in the April/May postal edition of CWU Voice magazine, changes to the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 were introduced, following the successful, high profile CWU “Bite-Back” campaign spearheaded by the Union’s National Health, Safety and Environment Officer Dave Joyce. In summary, the Law was extended to private land where 75 per cent of attacks on CWU members occur and new harsher prison sentences and fines came into force.

A second phase of new legal changes by way of additional ‘preventative measures’ are now being introduced today, 20th October 2014 and new powers are now available in England & Wales for Councils, Dog Wardens and the Police to tackle menacing or nuisance from dogs. It’s not a crack-down on dog owners but it is a crack-down on irresponsible dog owners.

The ‘headline’ power that is being featured in the media is for “Community Protection Notices (CPN)”. The grounds for the issuing of a “CPN” are that there must be conduct:-

(A) which is having a detrimental effect on the quality of life for those in the locality, and
(B) which is persistent or continuing, and which is unreasonable

The first step is for an enforcer (Police Officer of Local Council Enforcement Officer or Dog Warden) to serve a written warning and if that doesn’t stop the nuisance then a CPN can be served specifying measures, which may include keeping the dog on a lead at all times, muzzling, banning the dog from certain places, keeping the dog in a secure place or attending dog training etc. If there is a breach of the CPN requirements then a Fixed Penalty £100 Notice can be issued or the owner can be prosecuted and face a £2,500 maximum fine, for an individual.

Also, there will be a phasing out of any existing Dog Control Orders (DCO) as they will be replaced by Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO). If there are activities taking place in a public place (eg a park or play area) which are having (or are likely to have) a detrimental effect on quality of life. Under these new rules Councils can ban dogs completely from public parks, children’s play areas and open spaces etc and will no longer have to advertise the proposal to do so in a local newspaper although it must still be published (details have not been set out on what this entails). Neither a parish nor a community council has the power to make a PSPO.

If a PSPO is made it must be published on the Council’s website and notices erected that the Council considers sufficient. If there is a breach, for example by a dog owner taking a dog into a park or onto an open space where a PSPO is in force then a Fixed Penalty Notice of £100 maximum can be issued on the owner or the owner can be prosecuted and face a maximum £1000 fine.

Yours sincerely

 

Tony Rupa

Acting National Health, Safety& Environment Officer

CWU.org
23 September 2014

LTB 589/14 European H&S Week 20 -24 Oct 2014

LTB 589/14 European H&S Week 20 -24 Oct 2014

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No. 589/14

Ref M3/14

Date: 23 September 2014

To: All Branches

Dear Colleagues

European H&S Week 20 -24 Oct 2014

European Health and Safety Week takes place in October each year and is designed to raise awareness of health and safety.

The European Agency for Safety and Health describes the week as: “Aimed at people in organisations, companies and workplaces of all sizes and sectors. Everybody involved in occupational safety and health matters is invited to take part, especially safety and health institutions and occupational insurance organisations, trade unions and employers’ organisations, companies, managers, employees and safety representatives.”

Health and Safety Week 2014 will take place in the third week of October.

The theme for the European Health and Safety campaign for 2014 -15 is ‘Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress’. The week is run by the European Agency for Safety and Health who have published a site full of news, materials and activities. In the UK the week is being coordinated by the Health and Safety Executive. The TUC will be undertaking a number of initiatives during the week. The Wednesday of European Health and Safety Week is traditionally National Inspection Day when all safety representatives are encouraged to inspect their workplace.

Stress at Work is an important area of work for the H&S Dept, which has provided a range of LTBs on this subject, including HSE advice, and good practice. Please see attached LTBs 310/14 dated 11/5/14 and LTB 318/14 dated 12/5/14. A poster promoting the Week will be produced by the H&S Dept and more information on the Week will be published by the Dept.

Below is a link to the European Agency for Safety & Health at Work. It gives detailed guidance on tackling stress at work. The European Agency states:

‘Stress is the second most frequently reported work related health problem in Europe and, along with other psychosocial risks, is thought to account for more than half (50-60 %) of all lost working days. A poor psychosocial work environment can have significant negative effects on workers’ health.

Psychosocial risks occur in every workplace, but even with only limited resources they can be successfully assessed and managed. This campaign provides support and guidance for workers and employers in managing work-related stress and psychosocial risks, and promotes the use of practical, user friendly tools to facilitate this.’

https://www.healthy-workplaces.eu/en

The TUC has produced a revised guide to tackling stress using the HSE management standards for European health and safety week. It can be accessed through the webpage for the week http://www.tuc.org.uk/sites/default/files/Stress%20Guidance%20July%202014%20pdf_0.pdf Or directly at http://www.tuc.org.uk/workplace-issues/health-and-safety/guides-and-reports-reps/stress/safety-reps-guide-hse-stress

Yours sincerely

Tony Rupa

Acting Health, Safety & Environment Officer

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