This page lists a good source of relevant H&S links for members and USRs alike.
All links suggestions are welcome and should be forwarded to the Committee Secretary for inclusion in the site, using the on-line form found here.
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HSE Safety Reps Pages
The HSE is developing their website further, adding new resources and information, some of which is free.
This site is a must for all Union Safety Reps and is one of the sites that should be permanently book marked.
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HSE Risk Assessment Pages
The HSE has produced general information and advice on generic risk assessments, with some examples of generic risk assessments in specific areas.
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Women's Health - Hazards Website
Ever see a sign saying "Danger! Women at work"?
Ever wondered why not?
Well, it is not because women do not do the 3D - dirty, difficult and dangerous - jobs.
In fact for many modern work hazards it is often women facing more of the risk.
Hazards guide and resources on a "gender sensitive" health and safety approach.
Allergy UK is a national medical charity established to represent the views and needs of people with allergy, food intolerance and chemical sensitivity.
They aim to do this by:
Educating corporate bodies in the need for products suitable for allergy' food intolerance and chemical sensitivity sufferers. In addition they want to educate people with allergy, food intolerance and chemical sensitivity and enable them to receive appropriate diagnosis and treatment through education of healthcare professionals and the provision of dedicated services.
Asthma UK is a charity dedicated
to improving the health and
well-being of the five million people
in the UK whose lives are affected by asthma.
They work together with people with asthma, health professionals and researchers to develop and share expertise to
help people increase
their understanding and reduce the
effect of asthma on their lives.
The site provides good advice on Asthma, it's control and treatment. Deals also with the problems associated with living with Asthma
and leading a normal life.
The British Safety Council
The British Safety Council is one of the world's leading occupational health, safety and environmental organisations.
Founded in 1957, it now has a turnover of more than £9 million.
Their aim is to promote health, safety and environmental best practice for the benefit of society and the increase of productivity.
They work hand-in-hand with the world's leading companies, developing safe systems of work using specialist teams of lecturers, trainers, auditors, advisers and information providers give practical help to organisations in more than 50 countries worldwide.
Your Rights and Disability Discrimination
This site is invaluable when it comes to understanding the
DDA Act 1995.
Once a stand-alone site, the issue of employment and disability discrimination has now been moved into a new government website.
Check regularly for updates.
The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work
The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work aims to make Europe's workplaces safer, healthier and more productive.
The European Agency acts as a catalyst for developing, collecting, analysing and disseminating information that improves the state of occupational safety and health in Europe.
The Agency is a tripartite European Union organisation and brings together representatives from three key decision-making groups in each of the EU's Member States - governments, employers and workers' organisations.
Fire Prevention Advice
A free handbook on Fire Prevention is now available from the Governments Fire Kills website. Designed to give advice on how to keep yourself safe at home and prevent one of the biggest killers - domestic fires.
A major feature of the handbook is a checklist, which will help you
to assess your home for fire risks and point to information on how
to address them.
The Fire Prevention Handbook can be ordered from the website or downloaded as a PDF document.
Hazards is the only independent, union-friendly magazine to win major international awards.
Workplace unions are your best hope
for better, safer work - and Hazards provides the information and resources to make the union job easier.
Hazards looks behind the company safety hype, and gives union answers to workplace problems. Using a global network of union safety correspondents, Hazards makes sure you have the best information available anywhere.
Health Protection Agency
The Health Protection Agency (HPA) is an independent body that protects the health and well-being of the UK population. The Agency plays a critical role in protecting people from infectious diseases and in preventing harm when hazards involving chemicals , poisons or radiation occur.
They also prepare for new and emerging threats, such as a bio-terrorist attack or virulent new strain of disease.
The Industrial Injuries Advisory Council
The Industrial Injuries Advisory Council has statutory provisions governing their work set out in Section 171 of the Social Security Administration Act 1992.
The Council has three roles:
To advise on the prescription of diseases.
To advise on matters referred to it by the Secretary of State.
Draft regulations or proposals concerning the Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit Scheme must be referred to the Council for consideration and advice, unless they are exempted by law from
To advise on any other matter relating to Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit Scheme or its administration.
The Council is a non-departmental public body and has no power
or authority to become involved in individual cases or in the
The site may be of interest to USRs involved in compensation
claims for the members they represent.
Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous
This site is designed to make the reporting of incidents easier and
to allow injured persons a single point of contact for their rights under the Data Protection Act 1998
Redesigned and now placed within the HSE's own webiste, it provides guidance on RIDDOR, and details of the process of reporting incidents at work.
It also provides an on-line method of reporting notifiable incidents at work.
All USR's should be aware of this website. It's use by the employer can ensure they are fully convercent with RIDDOR.
Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents
Dedicated to the reduction and prevention of accidents, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents is very well known amongst the H&S community.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents is a registered charity which was established over 80 years ago. Providing information, advice, resources and training, RoSPA is actively involved in the promotion of safety in all areas of life - at work,
in the home, and on the roads, in schools, at leisure and on or
The resources available on their site includes Road Safety, Occupational Safety, safety posters and videos, and fact sheets.
Repetitive Strain Injury
This site is aimed at providing help and information on all aspects of repetitive strain injury.
Repetitive Strain Injury is an umbrella term used to describe a number of specific
The former RSI Association no longer exists and this site is now run by Keytools Ltd.
The information it provides is still extremely helpful in understanding the health and medical issues involved in the injuries caused by improper workstation set-ups and practices.
Part of the Hazards site.
This provides a major resource for Union Safety Reps and is a must for those wishing to keep up to date with all the latest health and safety information, including research, case studies, current h&S issues and the latest on legislation.
TUC News - Health & Safety
The TUC's flagship site for all matters relating to health and safety rights and legislation.
Here you can register for TUC Risks e-bulletins delivered direct to your e-mail box every month.
It is an invaluable source of information for all Union Safety Reps.
The TUC's main Union Safety Reps resource site. Contains bulletin boards,events calendar, directory, newsletter to name just a few of the items available.
There are also community issues and links to other TUC resources such as worksmart, an information based forum giving advice to working people and TUC online which gives news and information from the TUC.
People in the UK work the longest hours in Europe.
The law that protects against very long hours is weaker in the UK. Most people don't know about the laws we do have, and they're not enforced.
More and more people do the kind of white collar jobs where overtime is not paid
and we've just got into the habit where employers expect, and staff are prepared to work, very long hours.
It's the dreaded 'long hours culture'.
Long hours are not good for us; they cause stress; they're bad for
our health; they wreck relationships; they make caring for children
or dependents more difficult; and tired, burnt-out staff are bad for business.