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1 Health Safety & Wellbeing Awareness

2 What’s your perception of Health and Safety?

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4 Why is Health Safety and Wellbeing law important? First and foremost it’s to ensure you don’t suffer any adverse health effects from your work activities Health Promotion! Accident Prevention!

5 Why is Health Safety and Wellbeing important? Reduce the number of accidents and incidents Reduced likelihood of litigation Reduced likelihood of enforcement action by Health and Safety Executive Reduced sickness absence, more timely return to work via occupational health Financial savings Morale/staff retention and recruitment

6 2006-2007 = £2,067,898 3.5 Chief Executives, or 4 Directors, or 9Senior Managers, or 13Practice Managers, or 17Social Workers, or 30Community Support Assistants, or 22Residential Workers, or 33Administrators, or 20 Admin Officers…….. for the same period of time The Council does not generate its own finances. The budget allocated to directorates comes, in the main, from the general public through tax’s. All of us pay tax! Why is Health Safety and Wellbeing important cont..

7 History Health and Safety legislation is not a new concept:- 1830’sFactory Acts; 1860’sFactory Inspectors; 1870’sChimney Sweeps; 1891Relevant Case Law; 1974H&S at work act.

8 H&S at Work Act 1974 DSE Safe use of Work Equipment Regs Management of H&S at Work Regs Manual Handling Regs PPE Regs Workplace Health Safety & Welfare Regs The Six Pack

9 Risk Assessment “An assessment of risk is nothing more than a careful examination of what, in your work, could cause harm to people so that you can weigh up whether you have taken enough precautions or should do more” Regulation 3: Management of Health & Safety at Work 1999.

10 “Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown” Traditional proverb Traditional proverb.

11 H&S at work act 1974 Responsibilities  Section 2 : Employers must as far as reasonably practicable, safeguard the health, safety and welfare of employees.  Section 7: (a) To take reasonable care for the health & safety of himself and others who may be affected by his acts or omissions ( b) To co-operate with his employer, necessary, to enable his employer to comply with their H&S duty  Section 37: A breach of provisions (law) with the knowledge of, connivance of or has been attributable to the neglect of a Director, Manager, Secretary, or other Officer of that organisation…….

12 CEO AEO Directors Deputy Directors Dept Heads Senior managers Supervisors AEO Directors Deputy Directors Dept Heads Senior managers Supervisors Main responsibility lies here Responsibility is delegated down the “chain of command” but remains with Senior management Responsibility is proportional to the role you hold Responsibilities

13 Health, Safety and Wellbeing, the truth!

14 Health Safety and Wellbeing Team Who we are and what we do

15 Health Safety and Wellbeing Team

16 Advice and guidance Monitoring and Auditing Incident reporting and investigation Project work Representation on national and corporate working groups & committees Training Administration of Eye tests Liaison with enforcement agencies i.e. HSE Health Safety and Wellbeing Team http://www.cornwall.gov.uk/Default.aspx?page=18603

17 Pre employment medical screening Work related Health surveillance Advice and guidance to directorates relating to employee health and wellbeing Medical assessment of employees absent through ill health. Assisting management ill health referrals Training. Liaison with specialist groups i.e. Red Poppy, Relate. Liaison with local health partnerships http://www.cornwall.gov.uk/Default.aspx?page=18783 Occupational Health Team

18 Confidential Counselling Cornwall Council service for staff and members Relate Cornwall Access by phone 01726 74007 and quoting the reference REL An appointment outside an individual’s normal working hours will be made at a centre chosen by the individual. Free

19 Contact your line manager/supervisor How to obtain Health, Safety and Wellbeing advice HS&W dept (01872) 322118 Email : healthandsafety@cornwall.gov.ukhealthandsafety@cornwall.gov.uk Fax : (01872) 323473 Occupational Health (01872) 323138 Email : occupationalhealth@cornwall.gov.ukoccupationalhealth@cornwall.gov.uk Fax : (01872) 323827

20 ANY QUESTIONS? “ If You always do what you always did, You ’ ll always get what you always got" Forest Gump.


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