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Health and safety resource centre
Welcome to UCU's health and safety information page for UCU H&S reps and branch/local association (LA) officers.
If you are a UCU member wanting advice on health and safety issues see Members' health and safety.
The TUC invites nominations for their annual Safety Representative Award.
The award is for lay members who have shown outstanding effectiveness in their role as a workplace health and safety representative. Branches and LA's can nominate suitable candidates from which UCU will select one to send to the TUC. Candidates will be judged against their contribution as a health and safety representative in their workplace and not any other roles.
UCU and the TUC will rely on the information given on the form so please make sure that enough detail is given for the judges to assess the entry. Supporting materials can also be attached.
Nominations should be forwarded by Branches and LA's to Barry Lovejoy at UCU Head Office; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The closing date for receipt of nominations is Friday, 10th May 2013.
Download the application form here: application form (.doc) [58kb]
All Party Committee report on Asbestos in Schools
Please find for download in the related content below a report by the All-Party Committee on asbestos in Schools. Many Further and Higher Education (especially post-92 institutions) would have had similar sorts of prefab buildings as schools, left-over from the old local authority days. Despite lots of new build and selling-off since incorporation, some of these may still be in use.
UCU H&S information
UCU produces an extensive range of fact sheets specifically for UCU health and safety reps as well as examples of good practice and useful tools.
From time to time we will conduct surveys, issue press releases and contribute to wider discussion. Relevant documents can be found at the end of this page.
The health and safety calendar lists key health and safety dates, events and training.
UCU health and safety team
UCU has a dedicated health and safety team offering help and support on any workplace H&S issue including a health and safety advice line.
The TUC has very useful health and safety web pages and links to Risks, a regular weekly TUC bulletin for safety reps.
The TUC has now produced a poster and first briefing for 2012's Workers Memorial Day, which has been designated as the Day of Action to defend health & safety. You can download them at the links below
The excellent Hazards website is packed with information. The website rides on the back of the excellent Hazards Magazine, and relies on subscriptions to the magazine for its existence - enquiries to email@example.com.
Hazards guide to activism on Worker's memorial day 2011
Labour Research Department (LRD) provides a research and information service for trade unionists and publishes health & safety information in its monthly magazine, a monthly newsletter, and three or four pamphlets every year on health & safety issues, notably its annual Health and Safety law handbook which you can find by going to the LRD booklets page and clicking on 'LRD Booklets all issues' link. You will then see the LRD booklets for the current year, and can access the previous year if necessary using the links at the top of the page.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) - use the A-Z link to see the main topics. The HSE produces a huge range of information from free leaflets, through periodicals, newsletters and a magazine, legislation with associated approved codes of practice, guidance notes, to booklets on specific issues and topics. Single copies of many leaflets are free; but priced publications can be expensive. They produce a free publications catalogue, annually updated, which lists all HSE publications. Order one from HSE Books on 01787 881165.
Keeping us informed
We need to keep our safety reps database as up to date as possible but we need your help to do this. If you are a new UCU H&S rep please send your details along with your membership number and branch code if possible to James Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are no longer a H&S rep and/or do not wish to receive any further UCU H&S information, please contact Linda Ball at the above email address. Please quote your branch/LA and your membership number at all times.
We hope you find this page useful. Please let us know if we can improve it in any way as your opinion is crucial.
Health of Britain's Working Age Population
Dame Carol Black's review on the health of the working age population, which UCU made a submission to, has now been published. The review, Working for a healthier tomorrow sets out the first ever analysis of the health status of people of working age in Britain - individuals whose health has consequences often far beyond themselves, touching their families and children, workplaces and wider communities.