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Derek Maylor, Chairperson

The Coord has taken part in the current Defra consultation “Health and Harmony” which considers the future of food, farming and the environment affected by Brexit. We feel that it is important that all such matters are considered deeply for our families futures if not our own immediate needs.

A small change to management of the countryside can have long lasting effect on rural communities and the many of us who access the countryside for leisure. We all need a prosperous future for farming for the food we eat and the environment we share. 

According to a recent study very few UK companies are ready for the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which comes into force in May; the point of the law is to protect consumers and citizens and a main issue is the strengthening of the conditions for consent. We are concerned on the implications for safety side on this such as in accident investigations with various people’s data. Such as will there be a need get everyone to formally sign off permission to hold even minimal personal data?

If so this may discourage some people from conducting as deep as investigation as an incident may warrant, or some from participating, even when they have valuable information, thus allowing the same or a similar incident to reoccur.

We are disappointed that the number of open HSE Board meetings has dropped again to four for 2018 but at least they are back on the road starting with a trip to Aberdeen. A sizable proportion of the March meeting is on the blue tape [business to business] problem and the phraseology burdens to business is back. We can expect to see lots of this being mentioned when next at a HSE presentation during many of the H & S exhibitions around the country this year.

As always, and in conclusion; we aim to provide the best advice and representation for our members and to:

*Ensure a safe working environment
*Promote occupational health
*Help members raise safety concerns
*Advance industry best practice
*Provide representation at national meetings
*Raise issues with other safety or government bodies

Our greatest assets are our Union Safety Representatives and we fully support them in their work.

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