Welcome to the Communication Workers Union North East Branch, Health Safety & Environment section
The union’s National Health, Safety & Environment Department is an important department in CWU HQ with specialist responsibilities including national level negotiations with employers and with external organisations such as the TUC, HSE, and MPs etc.
The CWU places a high priority on Health, Safety and Environmental matters and has one central Health, Safety & Environmental Department with responsibility across the whole of the union. The Head of Department is National Officer Dave Joyce.
The Department aims to ensure that the CWU maintains a high profile on health, safety and environmental issues and pursues consistent policies and high standards of health and safety for the Union’s membership.
Key aims of the Department are to press for:
- The better prevention and avoidance of accidents and ill health by employers
- Employers to ensure that when ill health or injury arises, workers can access prompt care and advice
- Employers to support workers so as to minimise the impact of ill health on their capability to work
- Employers to provide safe and healthy work and workplaces, and ensure that when ill health or injury arises from work that they identify such, and avoid future recurrences.
The work of the Department is reported via the ten Regional Health and Safety Forums, LTB’s, Branch Officials Bulletins, Safety Rep Newsletter, Voice Magazine, Web Site and CWU Annual Report.
The National Executive has a Health, Safety & Environment Sub-Committee. Additionally there are T&FSE and PEC Health, Safety & Environment Sub Committees.
The union’s membership are supported locally in the workplace by trained Branch Union Safety Representatives who protect and promote their interests on Health and Safety issues, inspect the workplaces and make representations on their behalf.
Union Safety Representatives make the workplace a safer place, and it is recognised that workers are twice as safe in a workplace where there are USRs. The network of CWU Safety Representatives throughout the various employers have an important role to play and members who have health and safety concerns should raise them in the first instance with their local Branch/ USR. These concerns can be progressed by your local USR with Management directly or through the network of Health and Safety Committees and consultative arrangements established in the various Businesses through nationally recognised agreements.
At National level the Health, Safety & Environment Department deals with a wide range of policy issues and also initiates and co-ordinates a number of Health & Safety Campaigns on a wide range of issues. Branches, Safety Reps and Regional Health and Safety Forums, play an important role in promoting these issues and campaigns.
To contact the department: firstname.lastname@example.org.
TUC Health & Safety Guides and Reports for Health and Safety Reps:
To: All Branches
The TUC produces a range of guides and reports for trade union safety reps.
In addition, guidance on most major issues can be found in the TUC/CWU “Hazards at Work” Manual – “Organising for safe and healthy workplaces”, the best-selling guide to health and safety at work.
For the information and assistance of CWU Health and Safety Reps, the full list of guides and reports the TUC has available are listed below with links:-
Guides and reports
- Asbestos (PDF, 9 pages)
- Behavioural Safety – A briefing for workplace representatives
- Being a Health and Safety Representative – a guide to what the role means
- The Case for Health and Safety
- Checking your Personal Protective Equipment (PDF, 3 pages)
- The Compensation Myth (PDF, 7 pages)
- Confidentiality and Medical records
- Drug Testing in the Workplace
- Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace
- Dust in the Workplace (PDF, 7 pages)
- Fatigue (PDF)
- Feet and Footwear (PDF, 6 pages)
- Fire Safety
- Flooding – advice for reps
- Gender and health and safety (PDF – includes checklist)
- In Sickness and in Health?: Good work – and how to achieve it (PDF, 20 pages)
- Industrial Injuries benefit (pdf)
- Inspections (PDF, 11 pages)
- Is my occupational provider accredited?
- ISO 45001 – Using the new health and safety standard in the workplace (PDF, 20 pages)
- Lone Working
- Maintenance in the workplace
- Medical referrals – is your doctor qualified?
- Migrant Workers (PDF, 12 pages)
- Noise at Work (PDF, 6 pages)
- Occupational Cancer – A Workplace Guide (PDF, 11 pages)
- Occupational hygiene – a guide for reps
- Older workers (PDF)
- Organising for Health and Safety: A Workplace Resource (PDF)
- Pandemic Flu (PDF, 9 pages)
- Personal Injury Claims – proposals for change (PDF, 12 pages)
- Preparing for the new ‘Fit Note’ (PDF, 9 pages)
- Promoting Health at Work
- Protecting health and safety after Brexit (pdf 14 pages)
- Reach (chemicals)
- Risk assessment (PDF, 16 pages)
- Health and Safety Myths – The truth behind the headlines
- Safety representatives – a charter for change (PDF, 20 pages)
- Safety representatives surveys:
- Safety representatives biennial survey 2018 (PDF, 40 pages)
- Safety representatives
biennial survey 2016 (PDF, 42 pages)
- Safety representatives – biennial survey 2014 (PDF, 42 pages)
- Safety representatives -biennial survey 2012 (PDF, 42 pages)
- Safety representatives – biennial survey 2010 (PDF, 46 pages)
- Safety representatives – biennial survey 2008 (PDF, 50 pages)
- biennial survey 2006 (PDF, 48 pages),
- biennial survey 2004 (PDF, 52 pages)
- Skin Cancer and Outdoor Workers (PDF, 5 pages)
- Smoking (PDF, 14 pages)
- Stress (TUC guidance)
- Stress (joint guidance with HSE)
- Suicide and work: TUC guide
- Supporting women through the menopause (PDF)
- Temperature at Work – heat (PDF)
- The Government record on H&S (PDF)
- The Union Effect
- Time off for training (PDF)
- Toilet facilities
- Violence (HSE also has guidance on workplace violence)
- Women and PPE (PDF)
- Work and Well-being: A trade union resource
- Young workers (PDF, 6 pages )
Mental Health Foundation New Series of Short Guidance Publications – (The ‘How To’ Series) – On Stress, Anxiety, Mental Health and Sleep
- Look After your Mental Health
- Look After your mental Health Later in life
- Overcome Fear and Anxiety
- Reduce Stress
- Sleep Better