Category Archives: Health and Safety

Branch Delegate Report – Hazards Conference Keele University

This branch sent a delegate to the Hazards Conference at Keele Unviersity 26-28 July 2019.

They have produced an outstanding report on the conference theme of “Cleaning Up Toxic Work” and it is well worth a read – with some very pertinent song lyrics at the end!!

Hazards 2019 Conference 26-28 July 2019

 

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Lighthouse Financial Newsletter Autumn 2019

The latest newsletter from Lighthouse Financial Advice is well worth a read.

Features include:

  • Time to give your personal finances an MOT
  • Preparing financially for your baby
  • Turned 60 and worried about your pension?

LFA – UNISON MoneyTalk Autumn 2019 Newsletter

Personal Injury Payments August 2019

For August 2019 members in the West Midlands Region received £81226.43 in compensation payments for personal injuries and members of this branch £5846. It always pays to be a Unison member!!

Unison’s aches, pains and strains campaign

28 February 2019 was national RSI – or repetitive strain injury – awareness day and Unison is taking the opportunity to launch a campaign for better management of all musculoskeletal injuries.

The union has conducted research into a random sample of 50 claims made by UNISON members that have occurred because of musculoskeletal injuries.

We found that 90% of such claims were caused by basic failings in risk assessments, while 21% of the claims were caused by staffing difficulties, with staff often being forced, to single-handedly manually lift loads that required two people or more to do it.

And one of the most common reasons regulatory bodies have to take enforcement action against employers is when equipment such as slings or hoists is poorly fitted or maintained.

UNISON’s acting national head of health and safety Robert Baughan said: “This shows employers too frequently failing to carry out their basic health and safety duties.

“It also shows the damage this government’s austerity agenda – and the resulting staffing cuts – is doing to our members’ health and safety.”

Members and reps can help to reduce injuries by:

  • becoming or recruiting safety reps – the more safety reps we have, the more effectively we can hold employers to account’
  • complying with any health and safety guidance and instructions from employers;

Health and safety reps should be calling on employers to:

  • carry out robust risk assessments;
  • where possible, eliminate the need for manual handling by providing mechanical aides;
  • where this is not possible, reduce the risk by minimising manual handling or ensuring there are sufficient staff to safety manage difficult or heavy loads;
  • providing suitable, appropriate and well-maintained equipment, such as adjustable visual display units and chairs, and well-maintained and appropriate lifting aides such as slings and hoists.

A useful aches, pains and strains leaflet is available for members to download – aches, pains and strains – member leaflet

Branch Annual Report

The annual report details the hard work undertaken by branch officers during 2018. Well worth a read….

2018

Report of delegate on Hazards Campaign Keele University 27-29 July 2018

 

Features in this report include:

  • Families Against Corporate Killing
  • Grenfell Tower Tragedy
  • Investigating Incidents & Injuries
  • Fire Risk Inspections
  • Fighting Sexual Harassment

and much more.  Well worth a read…

Hazards Conference Delegate Report July 2018

Health & Safety Spot Light – Stress At Work

Strain on employees at work is seen to be a major cause of Mental Health issues, a government-commissioned report shows that mental health is costing the UK economy almost £100 Billion a year and figures show that around 300,000 people leave jobs due to mental health issues.

If work place stress is causing an issue you can approach your Unison representative/Health & Safety representative in confidence to see if the issue can be dealt with through a discussion with the employer or to offer support.

Please do not suffer in silence there are a number of confidential services available to access.

The branch Health & Safety Officer is Sean Finney – email  sean.finney@stoke.gov.uk or telephone 01782 235452