New TUC Guide For Health and Safety Reps on How to Keep Both Men and Women Safe at Work – “Gender In Occupational Health and Safety”

New TUC Guide For Health and Safety Reps on How to Keep Both Men and Women Safe at Work – “Gender In Occupational Health and Safety”To: All Branches

Dear Colleagues,

The TUC has published a new guide for trade union representatives to help them take gender differences between men and women into account when identifying health and safety concerns at work. The Guide was developed by the TUC’s Gender and Occupational Safety & Health Group and TUC Health and Safety Specialists Committee input.

The Guide entitled “Gender in occupational health and safety” says that historically the health and safety needs of men in the workplace have been prioritised over women. Risk prevention has focused on visibly dangerous work – largely carried out by men – in industries like construction and mining, with an assumption that the kind of work that women do is safer.

However, the guidance argues that a gender-stereotyped or the ‘one size fits all’ approach is now out-of-date. It has been issued in line with the theme chosen for the 2017 International Workers’ Memorial Day in April, the theme of which was ‘good health and safety for all workers – whoever they are’.

Where the differences between men and women are taken into account when assessing risk and deciding suitable risk control solutions, there is a greater chance of ensuring that the health, safety and welfare of all workers is protected.

The new guide outlines some of the main health and safety risks women can face at work:

Back pain: Women tend to suffer more from pain in the upper back and limbs as a result of repetitive work in both manufacturing and offices, while men tend to suffer more from lower-back pain from exerting high force at work.

Violence and harassment: Women tend to work in lower-paid and low-status jobs where bullying and harassment are more common, while men predominate in better-paid, higher status jobs and supervisory positions.

Not having the right tools: Women working in male professions like construction, engineering and the emergency services are at risk from inappropriately designed tools.

The handbook also provides an important “Checklist” for health and safety representatives and union representatives generally to help them pursue issues around gender at work – including questions about whether sex and gender differences are taken into account in manual handling risk assessments, and in assessments of postural problems including prolonged standing or sitting.

It’s hoped that the findings will help union reps encourage employers to take action on the issues that will make a real difference to the health, safety and welfare of women in their workplaces.

TUC states in launching the guide that people come in all shapes and sizes and when it comes to health and safety, the ‘one size fits all’ approach is old-fashioned and dangerous. Nowhere is that clearer then when looking at gender. Pressing for healthy, safe workplaces for everyone is part and parcel of the role of health and safety reps and union reps generally and the TUC’s new gender checklist will help reps to pursue issues around gender in the workplace, and make sure that all workers have the best possible protection from illness or injury.

Safety studies show that workers are twice as likely to be seriously injured in a non-unionised workplace where there are no health and safety reps and no health and safety committees to raise and voice concerns, complaints and legal non-compliance so the TUC and all Trade Unions are taking the opportunity to urge any man or woman at work who is worried about their health and safety at work to join a union, to make sure that their concerns are heard and that their interests are protected.

Notes on Examples of Successful Trade Union Campaigns to ensure that women’s health and safety at work is taken seriously, including:

Toilets for train drivers: ASLEF campaigned for the proper provision of toilets. Male drivers had endured poor provisions by coping with containers, this was plainly very difficult for female drivers. Station facilities for all staff were upgraded as a result.

Violence against women: USDAW has run the ‘Freedom from Fear’ campaign for shop workers – who are predominantly women – since 2002, working with major retail employers, the police and politicians to make workplaces safer for all staff and customers.

Breastfeeding at work: Unite took up cases of cabin crew members who were new mothers whose employer’s rostering was not compatible with their need to breastfeed their babies. This case confirmed working women’s right to continue breastfeeding after returning to work and obligation on employers to accommodate this.

Dangerous Dogs: CWU fought a 7-year campaign to change the Dangerous Dogs Laws in the UK and their ‘Bite-Back’ campaign achieved new strengthened legislation to protect postal and telecom workers. The new laws now apply everywhere in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and also carries far tougher sentences and a wider range of enforcement powers for police. Thousands are attacked annually including many women.

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce

National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

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Attachment 1 – LTB353/17New TUC Guide For Health and Safety Reps on How to Keep Both Men and Women Safe at Work – “Gender In Occupational Health and Safety”

Attachment 2 – Gender 2017 pdf

Crowded Places Guidance For The UK – New Guidance Published By The ‘National Counter-Terrorism Security Office’ (NACTSO):

Crowded Places Guidance For The UK – New Guidance Published By The ‘National Counter-Terrorism Security Office’ (NACTSO):To: All Branches

Dear Colleagues,

The National Counter-Terrorism Security Office (NACTSO) has published new ‘Crowded Places Guidance’, focusing on preventing and protecting people against terrorism. A copy of which is attached.

As the terrorist threat evolves the guidance has been designed to be a living document taking the best advice from some of the UK’s leading experts and organisations. There are many links within the guidance directing readers to websites providing support in any planning.

The new and updated guidance, published this month is intended to give protective security advice to those responsible for managing the security of crowded places and those who manage and run businesses, employers, organisations, amenities or utilities etc. NACTSO hopes the advice can be of use to anyone who wishes to improve their own security, knowledge of security issues or those wishing to audit security standards.

The new Crowded Places Guidance for the UK has been written by NACTSO with the support of The ‘Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure’ (CPNI) and over 100 subject matter and academic experts. It covers the key areas of protective security including physical, personnel, personal and cyber. It provides guidance on how different sectors can act to help make their business, institutions or organisations etc., safer and more secure. Its purpose is to support those who are charged with security at crowded places and how to mitigate the threat and help make the UK less vulnerable to an attack. Every location is different and those responsible are urged to review security using the information in this guidance to review Security Plans.

The guidance is interactive and designed to assist crowded place sectors assess the risk and build a security plan to help mitigate that risk and recover more quickly should there be a terrorist attack.

The guidance states that the foundation for the ability to manage during a crisis lies in the preparations that are made. It says that it is important that everyone recognises the risks, develops security plans, trains staff, carries out rehearsal exercises and understands roles and responsibilities.

The guidance adds that Leadership will come from all levels within an organisation during an incident but must come from the top to change the security culture.

The Police and NACTSO have re-stated the fact that terrorist attacks are rare in the UK, but recent events have shown that an attack can happen anywhere, any place and without warning. Those locations either public or private where large groups of people gather, for reasons such as entertainment, business, transportation, tourism, sporting or social occasions, have always been preferential targets for terrorists. Terrorism has evolved in recent times, with many conflicts overseas influencing terrorist acts in the UK. Social media in particular is being manipulated to incite, inspire and enable groups and individuals to target these crowded places.

The UK Threat Level from international terrorism is ‘SEVERE’, which means that an attack is highly likely. Such an attack can come in many forms, not just physical but it can include interference with vital information or communication systems, causing disruption and economic damage. Against this background there is a need to make UK crowded places as accessible as possible and to minimise the threat. The guide points out that there is a balance to be achieved where we must all take responsibility for security to mitigate the threat and impact of terrorism.

Guidance within this booklet is intended to not only make the UK more resilient to a terrorist attack but also to support the fight against other crimes.

Those with any information about suspicious behaviour or activity can report it in confidence, either by calling the police or making an online report.

Contents:-

Night-time economy sector

Cinemas and theatres

Stadia and arenas

Retail

Health

Education

Places of worship

Hotels and restaurants

Major events

Visitor attractions

Commercial centres

Transport

Managing the threat

Managing risk,

Business continuity

Threat level and building response plans

Communication

Suspicious items

Good housekeeping

Attack methodology Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)

Vehicle bombs

Bomb threats

Chemical, Biological, Radiological (CBR) attacks

Firearms and weapons attack ‘RUN, HIDE, TELL’

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)

Vehicle as a weapon

Physical security

Evacuation, invacuation, lockdown, protected spaces

CCTV

Access control

Mail handling

Hostile Vehicle Mitigation (HVM)

Digital built assets and environments

Personnel security

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce

National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

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Attachment 1 – LTB350/17Crowded Places Guidance For The UK – New Guidance Published By The ‘National Counter-Terrorism Security Office’ (NACTSO):

Attachment 2 – NaCTSO – Crowded Places Guidance (2017)

CWU “Sun Smart-Skin Safe” Campaign 2017 – Look after your skin and stay safe in the sun:

CWU “Sun Smart-Skin Safe” Campaign 2017 – Look after your skin and stay safe in the sun:To: All Branches

Dear Colleagues,

As the UK heatwave continues with temperatures hitting record 35C (95F), the Health, Safety & Environment Department is taking the opportunity to warn members about the risks associated with hot weather, dehydration, sun stroke and Skin Cancer through sunlight/UV ray exposure.

Dangers of UV rays

The short-term risks of sun exposure are sunburn and sunstroke.

The longer-term risks (over decades) include:

• actinic (solar) keratoses – rough and scaly pre-cancerous spots on the skin 

• skin cancer – including both melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer 

• eye problems – such as photokeratitis (snow blindness) and cataracts 

• premature ageing of the skin and wrinkling

Here is some important advice regarding firstly following the 5 S’s and secondly the message “early detection saves lives so act quickly and seek advice”.

The FIVE S’s of Sun Safety

The main cause of skin cancer is exposure to sunlight or sunbeds. Remember, it is not just sunbathing that puts people at risk, but just being in the sun without adequate protection. If you’re an outdoor worker and/or take part in outdoor hobbies, activities or sport you will be at greater risk.

Sunburn increases the risk of Skin Cancer and a Sun Tan isn’t healthy! It indicates that the skin has been damaged! And that damage stays there increasing the person’s risk of skin cancer.

To keep safe and make sure you NEVER BURN you should follow the 5 S’s of Sun Safety:-

1. SHOULDERS – COVER UP – The Royal Mail Clothing Fabrics are ‘UV protective’ so always try and keep your shoulders and body covered up.

2. SUN HAT – Always wear a broad-brimmed hat that shades your face, neck and ears – Royal Mail provide these as part of the Uniform so order one and use it.

3. SUNSCREEN – Apply a good quality SPF 30+/ min 3 star rating sunscreen with broad spectrum UVA protection, to exposed areas of skin – making sure you use enough and reapply every 2 hours.

4. SUNGLASSES Wear wrap-around sunglasses with UV protection to give your eyes adequate protection from the sun’s rays.

5. SHADE Always seek shade whenever you can, particularly during the hottest time of the day between 11am-3pm and when you have breaks if your job keeps you out in it.

Avoid Dehydration

Be wary of dehydration – the lack of sufficient water in the body. The best way to beat dehydration is to drink before you get thirsty. If you wait until after you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. Water is important to the body at all times, but especially in warm weather. It keeps the body from overheating. When you exercise or work, your muscles generate heat. To keep from burning up, your body needs to get rid of that heat. The main way the body discards heat in warm weather is through sweat. As sweat evaporates, it cools the tissues beneath. Lots of sweating reduces the body’s water level, and this loss of fluid affects normal bodily functions so you need to replace the fluid. Take Water with you when working outside and drink plenty.

Early Detection

Detecting skin cancers early save lives – FACT! Particularly in the case of Melanoma, the deadliest form of the disease. It is important to check your skin regularly for signs of change, and consult your doctor immediately if you detect any changes particularly with moles, or if you’re unsure of any unusual marks, patches, sores or spots, no matter how small they are – get the GP to check it out.

Look after your skin, stay safe in the sun! – Don’t become a statistic and enjoy the sun SAFELY.

For further information about the prevention and early detection of skin cancer and to find out more see attached pdf’s.

CWU “Sun Smart – Skin Safe” Safety Code Campaign Material

See attached posters and pocket fact cards.

Branches and Regional Health and Safety Forums can purchase additional posters and pocket fact cards from CWU HQ:

A batch of 10 posters = £1.40; and 50 posters = £7.00

A batch of 10 pocket fact cards = 68p; and 50 pocket fact cards = £2.89

Contact details for orders: Debby Akerman Post and Repro Department at CWU HQ dakerman@cwu.org T: 0208 971 7218

Yours sincerely
Dave Joyce

National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

 

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Attachment 1 – LTB347/17 CWU “Sun Smart-Skin Safe” Campaign 2017 

Attachment 2 – Sun Smart Poster

Attachment 3 – Sun Smart Skin Safe Fact Cards

Royal Mail Group Message To Managers – ‘Staying Safe in the Sun’ ‎& Severe Weather Risk Assessment For Sun 

Royal Mail Group Message To Managers – ‘Staying Safe in the Sun’ ‎& Severe Weather Risk Assessment For Sun To: All Branches 

Dear Colleagues, With temperatures rising, it’s important that all members working outdoors stay safe in the Sun and avoid Sun Burn, Heat Stress and Dehydration.

Given that the hot weather is forecasted to continue with temperatures as high as 35c/95F the Royal Mail Safety Health and Environment Management team have been briefed to make sure that Operational Managers and Royal Mail and Parcelforce Delivery/Collection workers are focussed on the Sun Safety messages and also that Unit Managers complete a Severe Weather Risk Assessment for “Sun” to avoid unnecessary staff sun burn/sun stress/dehydration conditions which could lead to injury or illness.

Managers and staff have been sent Royal Mail Group/CWU “Safe in the Sun” leaflets and advised to watch this week’s RMTV for further information and details.

Managers must carry out a Severe Risk Assessment in consultation with the CWU ASR ‎where the temperature and the periods of sun exposure increase significantly as at present. 

To complete a severe weather risk assessment managers need to visit the Royal Mail Intranet, SHE Management System Standard 2A:1 entitled ‘Severe Weather Risk Assessment’, download a copy of the risk assessment and complete the details for their office, they then need to click on the Heat & Sun Symbol and work through the questions. The risk assessment will then prompt a list of controls which the manager should consider implementing depending on the local conditions.‎ The Manager must consult the CWU ASR on the assessment and controls as set out in the assessment process and take account of the ASR’s input.

‎The CWU HQ Health Safety and Environment Dept has raised concerns with RMG HQ Directors, SHE, HR, as well as the Chief Operating Officer requesting that Unit managers be reminded of their risk assessment obligations. 

Managers have been asked to brief their outdoor staff on Sun Safety as follows – to take the five simple steps in Sunny, Hot weather in order to not put their health at risk:

Cover up – To keep the sun off your skin, wear long, loose clothing. Your uniform is made from a special fabric to protect against ultraviolet radiation.

Protect your head- Ensure you protect your head, face, ears and neck. Wear the wide brim hat that’s part of your uniform – it’s specially treated to protect against the sun. Remember to use sunglasses with UV protection.

Seek shade- Seek shade away from the sun when you have the chance, especially during the most powerful ultraviolet periods between 11am and 3pm in the summer months.

Use sunscreen- Use SPF 30 or higher on any exposed skin – apply it half an hour before going outside, put plenty of sunscreen on and reapply it frequently.

Be skin safe- Report mole changes (size, shape, colour, itching or bleeding) or any other concerns about your skin to your doctor as soon as possible – don’t put it off, early treatment is important. 

Drink plenty of water on warmer days to prevent dehydration. 

ANY NON-COMPLIANCE BY OPERATIONAL MANAGERS SHOULD BE PROGRESSED VIA THE NATIONALLY AGREED RMG SHE STANDARD 5.1 ‘DISPUTES ESCALATION PROCESS’.

‎Yours sincerely

 

Dave Joyce

National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

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LTB 344/17 Royal Mail Group Message To Managers – ‘Staying Safe in the Sun’ ‎& Severe Weather Risk Assessment For Sun

Election of National Representative Positions – 2017CWU Retired Members Advisory Committee  

Election of National Representative Positions – 2017CWU Retired Members Advisory Committee  

Further to LTB 298/17 dated 31st May 2017, please see below result of the ballot that closed today.

6 Retired members living in England to be elected 

Dorothy Burnett

Newcastle Amal

120,736

*Elected

Ernest Coggins

Midland No 1

130,511

*Elected

Rodney Downing

South East No 5

93,907

*Elected

Tilly Greenhill

Leicestershire

55,023

 

Brian Lee

East London Postal

101,248

*Elected

Allan Trotter

Greater Mersey & South West Lancs

116,477

*Elected

Ken Ward

Plymouth & East Cornwall

79,976

*Elected

Graham Wilson

Manchester Clerical

74,775

 

Please find attached a branch analysis of the ballot results.

Any enquiries regarding this Letter to Branches should be addressed to the Senior Deputy General Secretary’s Department on telephone number 020 8971 7237, or email address sdgs@cwu.org.

Yours sincerely,

TONY KEARNS

SENIOR DEPUTY GENERAL SECRETARY

 

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LTB 343/17 – Election of National Representative Positions – CWU RMAC – 2017

CWU Retired Members Advisory Committee Ballot Results 2017

Stay Safe in the Sun – Get To Know Your Skin 

Stay Safe in the Sun – Get To Know Your Skin To: All Branches 

Dear Colleagues, 

Attached is a pdf copy of the award winning Joint Royal Mail/CWU/IOSH “Stay Safe In The Sun” Leaflet/Poster, first issued as a pocket z-card in 2015 and 2016.  

This year for 2017, the leaflet version attached was issued in this month to all RMG employees as an insert with the Courier sent to the homes of all the workforce. 

The attached pdf version can be reproduced and used as handout to members in Delivery Offices and other Offices and can also be downloaded and printed in a poster version.

It’s important that Branch Officials and Health and Safety Reps raise awareness of the messages in the leaflet during the current heatwave.

The first part of the leaflet centres on the 6-point ‘Sun Safe’ message which ‎is:-

» Cover Up

» Protect your Head

» ‎Take your break in the shade

» Use Sunscreen on exposed skin

» Be Skin Smart

» Drink Plenty of Water

The leaflet also explains how to understand the ‘UV Index’ and the Low, Moderate, High, Very High and Extreme Levels with advice in each level. 

The second part‎ of the leaflet is about getting to know your skin, how to check for signs of Skin Cancer and the risk levels with different skin types. 

‎The message is a serious one with skin cancer levels in the UK at their highest ever. 100,000 new cases annually, 2,500 deaths annually.

Prompt medical attention is crucial should skin changes indicate the start of Cancer. 

A sun tan isn’t a sign of good health! It’s a sign of deep skin damage‎ and with it an increased risk of developing skin cancer!

Cover up, use sunscreen, drink plenty of water to avoid the dangers of dehydration. Take regular breaks in the shade are the key messages to members. 

Yours sincerely

 

Dave Joyce

National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

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LTB 342/17 Stay Safe in the Sun – Get To Know Your Skin

Leaflet

Skin Cancer – “Be Sun Smart & Skin Safe”

Skin Cancer – “Be Sun Smart & Skin Safe”To: All Branches

Dear Colleagues,

Temperatures have now risen to the highest of the year and record levels bring dangers with sunlight exposure and dehydration. We want Reps and members to be aware of those risks!

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the UK, and rates continue to rise.

At least 100,000 new cases are now diagnosed each year, and the disease kills over 2,500 people each year in the UK – that’s seven people every day.

Whilst we are getting better at understanding how skin cancer works, we still have a long way to go. On average, someone who dies from skin cancer typically loses 20 years of their life, and rates of malignant melanoma are rising faster than any other type of common cancer.

There are three types of skin cancer: malignant melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and basal cell carcinoma (BCC).

You can read more about the types of skin cancer below:

Malignant Melanoma

Cutaneous malignant melanoma is a cancer of the pigment cells of the skin. If it is treated early, the outlook is usually good. It is not contagious.

Melanomas can come up in or near to a mole, but can also appear on skin that looks quite normal. They develop when the skin pigment cells (melanocytes) become cancerous and multiply in an uncontrolled way.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Squamous cell carcinoma is one of the non-melanoma skin cancers. It is the second most common type of skin cancer in the UK.

Squamous cell carcinomas can occur on any part of your body, but are most common on areas that are exposed to the sun, such as your head and neck (including the lips and ears) and the backs of your hands. Squamous cell carcinomas can also crop up where the skin has been damaged by X-rays, and also on old scars, ulcers, burns and persistent chronic wounds. Squamous cell carcinomas are not contagious.

Basal Cell Carcinoma

A basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is a type of skin cancer. There are two main types of skin cancer: melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer. BCC is a non-melanoma skin cancer, and is the most common type (> 80%) of all skin cancer (skin cancer incidence is < 1%) in the UK. BCC are sometimes referred to as ‘rodent ulcers’.

Basal cell carcinomas mainly affect fair skinned adults and are more common in men than women. Apart from a rare familial condition called Gorlin’s syndrome, basal cell carcinomas are not hereditary. However some of the things that increase the risk of getting one (e.g. a fair skin, a tendency to burn rather than tan, and freckling) do run in families.  

UV exposure is the main preventable cause of skin cancer, so here are a few tips on how to stay safe in the sun:

Clothing  
Clothing should always be your first line of defense against damage from the sun, with sunscreen being used in addition to clothes, including a hat, t-shirt and UV protective sunglasses. Clothing provided by RM and BT has a high UV ray protective rating.

Find the right sunscreen 
Use a sunscreen of SPF30 (SPF stands for ‘Sun Protection Factor’) and refers to the level of protection against UVB radiation, linked to skin cancer. Look for a four or ideally five star UVA rating on the bottle which will help protect from UVA radiation, associated with skin ageing. You may also find that the UVA rating is represented by the letters ‘UVA’ inside a circle. (BT provides Sunscreen free – Royal Mail does not – The Union has a long standing claim for Royal Mail to provide it to all outdoor staff free). 
Get your timing right 
Skin needs time to absorb sunscreen, so apply generously about 20 to 30 minutes before going out. Reapply frequently at least every two hours, as it can come off when sweating or through rubbing. 
Seek shelter! 
The sun tends to be strongest in the middle of the day, so find some shade typically between 11am and 3pm, especially if you are very fair skinned. Just 10 minutes of strong sunshine is all it takes to burn pale skin. Take breaks in the shade.

Water

Drink plenty of water and avoid dehydration.

See attached CWU Leaflet and Poster and the Royal Mail Leaflet giving advice.

Branches and Regional Health and Safety Forums can purchase additional posters and pocket fact cards from CWU HQ Communications. Contact details for orders: Debby Akerman Post and Repro Department at CWU HQ dakerman@cwu.org T: 0208 971 7218.

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce

National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

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Attachment 1 – LTB339/17 Skin Cancer

Attachment 2 – 04131 Sun Smart leaflet 3up

Attachment 3 – 04724 Sun Smart poster

Attachment 4 – SunSafeNew

Protecting Health and Safety after ‘Brexit’ – ‘Brexit Puts Worker Health and Safety at Risk

Protecting Health and Safety after ‘Brexit’ – ‘Brexit Puts Worker Health and Safety at RiskTo: All Branches

Dear Colleagues, 

Following the June 2016 referendum, in March 2017 the UK Government gave notice under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, that Britain would be leaving the EU. From that date a two-year window began during which talks will take place on what the details of the “divorce settlement” with the EU will be. In the meantime Britain is still bound by the obligations and responsibilities of EU membership. 

Once the talks are completed the European Parliament and the European Council need to ratify them. The withdrawal agreement must be ratified by March 2019, so the talks on this probably need to be finished by October 2018. 

The exit talks are separate from the negotiations on the future relationship with the EU after Brexit so the agreement is likely to need to include “transitional arrangements”, so that Britain can continue trading under EU rules to allow the talks on an agreement on future arrangements to be extended. These talks are likely to be very long and complex. Even if all existing EU regulations were to continue to apply, most will have to be restructured as they previously relied on EU institutions, and the talks will also have to lay the foundations for new trading relationships with the EU and the rest of the world. 

The outcome of the negotiations over the new relationship between the UK and the EU will determine what kind of health and safety system the UK will have. The UK joined the EU in 1973, and since then, the European Union has played an important role in protecting the health and safety of working people. The biggest change was the Health and Safety Framework Directive (89/391/EEC) and five “daughter” directives, which established broad-based obligations on member states to ensure that employers evaluate, avoid and reduce workplace risks in consultation with their workforce. At the time, little was required to implement the new regulations as Britain already had a legislative system which met most of the requirements of the ‘Framework Directive’ in respect of assessing and managing risk, as well as the duties of employers. The ‘Framework Directive’ mirrored much of what was in the 1974 Health and Safety at Work etc (HSW) Act, but also the Regulations that had been made under it such as the Safety Representatives and Safety Committees Regulations 1977, however some of the Directives went further than the existing UK laws so it was necessary

to extend the law. Six new sets of regulations (called the ‘six pack’), together with Approved Codes of Practice and Guidance Notes were enacted on 1 January 1993. These were:-

Display Screen Equipment (DSE) Regulations

Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations

Provision The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations

Manual Handling Operations Regulations

and use of Work Equipment Regulations

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Regulations)

A range of other health and safety directives, implemented through national regulations have also come about as a result of EU directives. These cover the management of specific workplace risks such as the Control of Noise at Work Regulations or The Work at Height Regulations, as well as the protection of specific groups of workers (including new or expectant mothers, young people and temporary workers). Specific directives cover areas such as Construction Work, Asbestos, Chemicals, Lead, Ionising Radiation, etc, etc. Although the pace of activity peaked soon after the introduction of the ‘six-pack’, legislative activity has continued and health and safety regulation in the UK has been firmly driven by the EU. 41 out of the 65 new British health and safety regulations introduced between 1997 and 2009 originated in the EU. 

Workplace health and safety protections are at risk from the Tory government’s Brexit plans. The warning comes in a new TUC briefing, “Protecting Health and Safety After Brexit” (Copy Attached). It reports that although the government has set out its intention in a white paper to transfer all existing health and safety protections from EU law to UK law, there are no guarantees for what happens afterwards. The TUC Briefing says that the government must make sure that a commitment is written into the Brexit deal to, as a minimum, match present and future EU standards for workplace health and safety. The TUC says if this doesn’t occur existing protections will be vulnerable to erosion and repeal. 

Working people must not have their health and safety put at greater risk after Brexit. The government needs a watertight plan to transfer protections from EU to UK law. The best way to guarantee all health and safety protections is to put workplace rights at the heart of the Brexit deal. It should be written into the deal that the UK and EU will meet the same standards, for both existing rights and future improvements. 

Attached:-

Copy of the TUC Briefing “Protecting Health and Safety After Brexit”

Table containing data relating to Statutory Instruments owned and enforced by HSE/local authorities.

Yours sincerely

 

Dave Joyce

National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

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LTB 337/17 Protecting Health and Safety after ‘Brexit’ – ‘Brexit Puts Worker Health and Safety at Risk

Table

TUC Protecting Health and Safety After Brexit