2021-05-05 14:44

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Working Through Covid: Research On Work, Health And Safety During The Pandemic

On-Line Seminar Friday 14th May 2021 9.30 am to 12.30 pm

During the pandemic many different groups of workers have been at the front line, maintaining services, keeping others safe and the economy going while confronting risks. Employee health and safety representatives have been performing risk assessments, calling for adequate PPE, communicating with workers and managements and much more. In short, they have been fulfilling a vital purpose. Training and support from individual unions has underpinned the work of health and safety reps, and helps explain their impact.

What lessons can be learned from working through Covid? What more could employers, unions and government do to improve the effectiveness of employee health and safety consultation?

The University of Greenwich Centre for Research on Employment and Work (CREW) is holding a half day on-line research seminar, to share the results of recent work on those working from home and through Covid and the role of safety reps and committees in the Covid-19 pandemic.

An invited audience will include trade union and management health and safety specialists, OSH specialists and others with a practical knowledge of supporting employee health and wellbeing during the pandemic. You are invited to sign up for this free on-line seminar.

Programme / time table (times are provisional and subject to alteration)

9.25- 9.30 Opening of Webinar Chair Dr Minjie Cai – University of Greenwich
9.30 – 9.45 am Introduction – Professor Sian Moore – what research has shown us about the work of union health and safety reps in the pandemic, and what more do we need to know?
9.45-10.20 Research on Covid-19 and the working environment:

  • 9.45 Professor Philip Taylor – University of Strathclyde: Research on call centre workers, Covid-19 and working from home
  • 9.55 10.05 Alice Martin – Pensions Information Resource Centre: Covid-19 and work, how companies and their investors have responded to the health crisis in workplaces.
  • 10.05-10.15 Questions and discussion
  • 10.15 – 11.10 Research with Health and Safety Reps
  • 10.15- 10.25 Shelly Asquith – Health, Safety and Wellbeing Officer: the TUC Health and Safety Reps Survey
  • 10.25-10.35 Rob Miguel - Unite National Health and Safety Officer: Unite members and reps survey
  • 10.35- 10.40 Brian Troake - Unite Officer: food industry case study.
  • 10.40-10.50 Questions and discussion

10.45 – 11.15 First Results of the Greenwich UKRI / TUC Study on Food Sectors

  • 10.50 – 11.00 Professor Matt Flynn: Evidence from surveys in food Sector
  • 11.00-11.10 Greenwich Team: Case studies from the food sector
  • 11.10 – 11.20 Questions and discussion

11.20 – 11.45 What do we mean by “Good Practice” in a Pandemic? And why are Union Health and Safety Reps important?

  • 11.20 – 11.25 Helen Beers (Science Lead HSE),
  • 11.25-11.30 TUC,
  • 11.30- 11.35 Rory O’Neill (Editor of Hazards)
  • 11.35-11.45 Questions and discussion

11.45-12.05 What do we know and what do we need to know from Research?

  • 11.45 – 11.55 Greenwich/ Hull Team: Emerging evidence from research outside food sector
  • 11.55-12.05 Questions and discussion

12.05-12.30 Round up, ideas and discussion questions

  • 12.05 – 12. 30 Questions and discussion led by CREW. (What more would participants want to see from the current project on the work of union health and safety reps during the Covid-19 pandemic?)

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