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.
LTB 562/18 – TUC Health & Safety Guides and Reports for Health and Safety Reps:
2 October 2018
Our Ref: EX10/18
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
The HSE have an excellent web site for Union Safety Reps. If you are a safety representative, you will find useful information here to help you do your work, and materials for you to use in your workplace at:http://www.hse.gov.uk/involvement/hsrepresentatives.htm
Here is a link to the electronic copy of the revised 1977 Safety Representatives and Consultation Regulations, as well as the ACoP, guidance and various annexes. This replaces the current “Brown Book”. It can be accessed through the “safety representatives” pages on the TUC website. www.tuc.org.uk/extras/brownbook.pdf
H&S Regional Forum Secretaries
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|Mr Anthony Hopkins
Secretary37 HeolLas AmmanfordCarmarthenshireSA183EBEmail: email@example.com
Tel: 01269 596 250
Mob: 07931 537 624
Work: 01269 812 902
|Mr Michael Lloyd Davies
Heol y Gors
Tel: 07850 760001
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|Mr Anthony Salt
North West Central Amal
CWU Office, Mowbray House
Tel: 07901 588 495
|Mr Derek Maylor
Merseyside & SW Lancs
Tel: 01744 733 790
Tel: 07761 098 993
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|Mr Anthony Pedel
Central Yorkshire Amal
Harrogate LDO Claro Road
Tel: 07946 381 767
|Mr Peter Sharrocks
CWU North East Branch
23808 Hadrian TSC
Tel: 07736 814 769
Tel: 0191 222 2336
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|Mr Keith Franklin
Western Counties Branch
4 Okehampton Road
Tel: 01392 250 479
Tel: 07958 727 852
|Mr Ian Trehearne
Gloucester Amal Branch
Tel: 01452 621 393
Tel: 07977 416 610
|Mr Hamish Menzies
Scotland No. 5
53 Feus Road
Tel: 01738 639 562
Tel: 07545 429 239
|Mr Graeme Russell
Edinburgh, Dundee & Borders Branch
BT DRC Building
District Repair Centre
405 Gorgie Road
Edinburgh EH11 2RP
Tel: 0131 300 1922
Tel: 07860 346 917
|Mr Richard Line
Eastern No. 5
Peterborough PE45 5PE
Tel: 07857 138 383
|Mr David Hill
Telephone Engineering Centre
Cambridge CB1 3BA
Tel: 07900 586 949
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Kent Invicta Branch
Medway Mail Centre
|Mr Ian Warrick
CWU SE 5 Branch
The Business Centre
12 Chequers Road
Hampshire RG21 7PU
Tel: 0118 9596206
Mobile: 07792 252049
|Mr Michael King
London Regional CWU Office
2nd Floor, Block E Colombo House
50/60 Blackfriars Road
London SE1 8DE
Tel: 0207 633 0800
Tel: 0207 401 3623
Tel: 07985 589 153
|Mr Peter Clements
Greenford Mail Centre
Tel: 0208 833 7491
Tel: 07702 687 930
|Mr Andrew Hickerman
Midlands Regional Health & Safety Secretary
Midland No. 7 Branch
Tel: 01782285 833
Tel: 07823 448 170
|Mr Peter Eggleston
ChairCWUM1 BranchVice Chair and USR Safety Rep500A Telephone House104 Newhall Street
Tel: 0121 233 4222
BT Mobile: 07802158749
Fax: 0121 233 1651
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|Lawrence C. Huston
Regional H&S Forum Secretary
(NI Telecom Branch)
NI Telecom Branch
26-34 Antrim Road
Northern Ireland H&S Forum (Combined Branch)
c/o Royal Mail
Tel: 07801 186 866
Health & Safety Training Days in York Regional Office
AGM 5th January 2017
Changes to Driving & Road Safety Laws in 2015 – Are You Aware of Them?
Vehicle safety affects us all. Find out what changes have been made by reading LTB 573.
Van & LGV Drivers reminded to wear seatbelts at all times and don’t risk lives or your licence
Do you ‘Clunk, Click every trip? If not you are breaking the law. Read LTB 579.
Government threat to safety reps!
One of the things that completely shows how the trade union bill is based on ideology rather than any desire to change things for the better is that the focus the Government is putting on the number of strikes we have. The right to strike is of course a basic right and is also an important last resort for unions on health and safety when all else fails. It is also at one of the lowest levels for decades.
What the Government is completely ignoring is the real problem at work, which is not the 0.8 million days lost through strike action but the 28.2 million days lost every year through injuries and injuries that are caused by work. These are all preventable, and the best way to prevent them? Having trade union health and safety representatives in the workplace. Union health and safety representation halves the number of serious injuries. It is therefore mindboggling that the Government are trying to restrict the ability of union health and safety representatives to do their work by telling employers in the public sector that they must cut back on the time that representatives are given to undertake inspections, meet with employers, and help protect everyone in the workplace (whether they are a union member or not).
The TUC has produced a simple “infographic” that illustrates the government approach. It comes in various forms for use in social media or simply print off and put on a notice board. It highlights the number of days lost, taken from HSE statistics, the number of days lost through strike action from the Government’s ONS, and finally the effect that unions have in the workplace in reducing serious injuries, which you can find in the TUC report “The union effect”.
Please circulate them as widely as possible. You can print off the poster and put it up in your workplace, send out the twitter version, and post the Facebook one. Also go towww.tuc.org.uk/tubill to find out more about why you should be concerned and of course – what you can do about it.
As everyone knows, the North West has been battered by Storm Desmond. Cumbria has been especially hard hit claiming an unenviable record of receiving more than 34cm (over 13 inches) of rain in 24 hours.
Your safety is extremely important to you and your family. Please read LTB776: Serious Floods in Cumbria and Lancashire in the North West of England along with a short pdfchecklist that you can print off or put on your iPad or phone.
Another LTB was issued 8th December. LTB781 Flooding – Advice to Safety Representatives, Branches & Members – What to do and How to Stay Safe Before, During and After a Flood and its attachment also gives advice to members.
The Environment Agency passes on other information in LTB779 which was also issued on 8th December.
This may be the first of the season’s floods but it will not be the last. Follow the information and STAY SAFE.
We have been asked to circulate an appeal to support our union members in Cumbria. LTB 791: CWU Appeal for Members affected by the Floods in Lancashire and Cumbriagives details of the appeal and how to make contribution to your fellow workers. Christmas is a time for giving and CWU members in affected areas would welcome some Christmas goodwill.
Workers Memorial Day Hartlepool 28th April 2015,
Was once again, a very well attended service with representatives from several trade unions and members of the public.
The service included several guest speakers which included, Hugh Scullion General Secretary of the Shipbuilding and Engineering unions and former MP Ian Wright who was the Shadow Minister for Industry who both gave rousing speeches based on the WMD motto Remember the Dead Fight for the Living.
The service ended with a wreath laying ceremony to commemorate and remember those who have died in the act of simply being at work and we should never forget them, we also have to carry on the fight for a safe working enviroment for all.