Safety reps key to HSC-TUC drive


first_imgSafety reps key to HSC-TUC driveOn 1 Sep 2000 in Personnel Today And HSC chairman Bill Callaghan has hinted that he intendsrecommending to the Government that employee involvement in workplace safetyshould be made compulsory. “Workplaces with safety reps and effective safetycommittees have 50 per cent fewer accidents than those that don’t possess them.  The workplaceaccident rate has been cut by more than 50 per cent over the past 22 years,preventing over a quarter of a million injuries and saving countless lives,according to TUC general secretary John Monks. Speaking at the TUC’s Partners in Prevention conference inLondon, Callaghan stressed the vital role of the shopfloor safety rep inmeeting these standards. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article The profile of the shopfloor safety rep is set to be raisedas a health and safety campaign launched by the TUC and the Health and SafetyCommission emphasises their importance in preventing workplace injuries. center_img Callaghan reassured employers that the issue will not beaddressed in a confrontational manner. “I would like to see employee involvement in allworkplaces and the HSC will shortly be making recommendations to ministers onthis issue.” Campaign to cut workplace accidents sees shopfloor reps ascentral figures in partnership approach to health and safety “This is a time for consensus, not confrontation,”he said. “All partners in the health and safety equation must remain opento new ideas and approaches. The status quo is not an option.” The TUC and the HSC are urging unions and employers to worktogether to improve safety standards in the workplace. They say 20,000 majorworkplace injuries a year could be prevented and 300,000 days of sicknessabsence avoided if unions and employers in every organisation operated the samesort of partnership approach to health and safety that exists in the bestworkplaces. Related posts:No related photos.last_img

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