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Agenda and minutes

Health, Welfare and Safety Panel
Friday, 13th July, 2012 2.00 p.m.

Venue: Town Hall, Moorgate Street, ROTHERHAM. S60 2TH

Contact: Debbie Bacon (Tel. 01709 822054)  (E-mail:-  debbie.bacon@rotherham.gov.uk)

Items
No. Item

32.

Composition of the membership of the Health, Welfare and Safety Panel for the 2012/13 Municipal Year.

 

  • Employee representation: -

 

  • 8.4       The number of representatives of the Trade Union Side of    the Panel shall be a maximum of 10 at any one meeting.
  • 8.7       Employee Side representatives of the Local Authority are      to be appointed annually, but in any event to include:
    • Three teacher representatives, NUT, NASAWT ATL.(including representation for headteachers) and;
    • Seven representatives from all other areas of council work e.g. Amicus, UNISON, GMB.

 

  • Employer representation: -

 

  • 8.10    The Panel shall comprise seven Elected Members of the       Council to be appointed annually, including Member(s)     from:
    • Cabinet Member with responsibility for Health and Safety;
    • Senior Adviser to the Cabinet Member with responsibility for Health and Safety;
    • Members from each Scrutiny Commission;
    • Elected Members’ Training Panel.

Minutes:

Resolved: - That the following employee and employer representatives be confirmed as members of the Health, Welfare and Safety Panel for the 2012/13 Municipal Year: -

 

Employee representatives: -

 

  • Mrs. Carole Maleham, Unison.
  • Ms. Joanne Jenkinson, Unison.
  • Mrs. Ruth Asquith, Unison.
  • Mrs. Susan Brook, NASUWT.
  • Mrs. Jill Adams, NUT.
  • Mr. Wayne Bateman, GMB.

 

Employer representatives: -

 

  • Councillor Peter Wootton, Health Select Commission Representative       (substitute: Councillor J. Dalton).
  • Councillor Jahangir Akhtar, Deputy Leader and Members’ Training and     Development Panel Representative.
  • Councillor Richard Russell, Cabinet Member for Waste and Emergency                Planning (Chair). 
  • Councillor Terry Sharman, Self-Regulation Select Commission                                Representative (substitute: Councillor J. Hamilton). 
  • Councillor John Swift, Improving Places Select Commission Representative          (substitute: Councillor P. Russell).
  • Councillor Glyn Whelbourn, Overview and Scrutiny Management Board                 Representative.
  • Councillor Patricia Russell, Co-opted Member, Catering and Professional              Kitchen expertise.
  • Councillor Ann Russell, Improving Lives Select Commission (substitute:                 Councillor S. Ali).

33.

Appointment of the Vice-Chair of the Health, Welfare and Safety Panel for the 2012/13 Municipal Year.

 

  • Nomination by the Trades’ Unions.

Minutes:

Resolved: -  That Susan Brook, NASUWT Representative, be appointed to the position of Vice-Chair of the Health, Welfare and Safety Panel for the 2012/13 Municipal Year. 

34.

Minutes of the previous meeting held on 27th April, 2012. pdf icon PDF 38 KB

Minutes:

Resolved: - That the minutes of the previous meeting of the Health, Welfare and Safety Panel, held on 27th April, 2012, be approved as a correct record for signature by the Chairman.

35.

Matters arising.

Minutes:

Nothing was raised under this item. 

36.

Ken Moore, Trades Union Representative to the Health, Welfare and Safety Panel.

Minutes:

The Chairman was pleased that Ken Moore was able to attend this meeting of the Health, Welfare and Safety Panel.  Minute 26 of the previous minutes marked the ceasing of the membership of the retired Trades’ Unions’ Representatives under the new Constitution of the Health, Welfare and Safety Panel. 

 

The Chairman referred to Ken’s exceptional and long-standing commitment to the Health, Welfare and Safety Panel since early in its existence and thanked him for his commitment on behalf of the Council, employees and his Trade Union members.  

37.

Statistics of Accidents, Injuries and Incidents of Violence to Employees.

Minutes:

The Chairman reported that work was ongoing to re-format the statistics of accidents, injuries and incidents of violence to employees.  These statistics would be made available to the next meeting. 

 

Resolved: -  That the information shared be noted. 

38.

Health and Safety Bulletin. pdf icon PDF 139 KB

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the Health and Safety Bulletin document that had been circulated to the Health, Welfare and Safety Panel representatives.  The Bulletin contained UK-wide legal cases relating to health and safety.

 

The following items were highlighted: -

 

  • Outdoor Play;
  • Young people, risk and an exciting education;
  • Consultation on proposals to remove fourteen legislative measures where the Health and Safety Executive believed the legislative measures redundant or had been overtaken by more up to date Regulations, or did not deliver their expected benefits;
  • Health and Safety Executive’s revised guidance on Portable Appliance Testing;
  • The Health and Safety Executive had served two Improvement Notices on an Edinburgh Cooling Tower;
  • Recent Court Cases relating to health and safety issues;
  • Rotherham M.B.C. Emergency and Safety Team interventions. 

 

Discussion ensued, and the following issues were raised by those in attendance: -

 

  • Westminster Council had been fined £25,000 for failing to maintain gas appliances;
  • Health and Safety Executive fees were due to increase from 1st October, 2012, these would include: -
    • Issuing of a letter - £700 charge;
    • Issuing of an Improvement Notice - £1,500 charge;
    • Prohibition Notice - £2,500 charge;
    • Investigation fees - £125 per hour. 

 

Members of the Health, Safety and Welfare Panel raised questions about the Authority’s Legionella policy.  The Principal Health and Safety Officer confirmed that the policy was well enforced and had been extended to include council house properties.  Advice had been offered to tenants on how to mitigate risks. 

 

A School Trade Union representative advised the Panel that many modern schools had had showers installed, particularly in their Foundation Stage units, but that these were not regularly used, increasing their risk of Legionella contamination.  The Principal Health and Safety Officer advised the Panel that guidance was issued to School Caretakers on maintenance of showers during the holiday periods. 

 

Resolved: -  That the information shared be noted.  

39.

Reports on Visits of Inspection held on 15th June, 2012. pdf icon PDF 47 KB

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the reports of the Visits of Inspection of the Health, Welfare and Safety Panel that took place on 15th June, 2012. 

 

Party A Visits of Inspection: -

 

  • Broom Valley Primary School;
    • Snagging issues;
    • Vinyl floor.
  • Oakwood Technology College;
    • Holes in fabric of playground surface.
  • Boston Castle Park;
    • No issues to report.
  • Unity Centre;
    • General presentation required attention;
    • Principal Facilities Officer to follow-up.
  • My Place;
    • No issues to report.  

 

Party B Visits of Inspection: -

 

  • Addison Day Centre;
    • No issues to report.
  • Hilltop Special School;
    • Lockers not fastened/secured to the wall;
    • Message to be sent to all schools to enforce message of the importance of fastening lockers to a solid structure to prevent collapsing risks.
  • Maltby Library;
    • Some PAT testing was overdue.
  • Stepping Stones Children’s Centre;
    • Washing line had been re-sited following guidance.
  • The Bridge PRU;
    • Lockers not fastened/secured to a wall/solid structure.
  • Centenary Market;
    • No issues to report. 

 

Resolved: -  (1)  That the information be noted. 

 

(2)  That the report of Party A be amended to show that Susan Brook was in attendance on both the morning and afternoon sessions. 

 

(3)  That the report of Party B be amended to show that Councillor G. Whelbourn was not present for the afternoon session.

 

(4)  That the report of Party B be amended to show that Councillor B. Dodson was present for the afternoon session. 

40.

Any other business.

Minutes:

A member of the Panel requested guidance on whether the Council’s Arms’ Length Management Organisations (ALMOs) had Health and Safety Committees.  The Principal Health and Safety Officer confirmed that the ALMOs did have Health and Safety Representatives.     

41.

Date and time of the next meetings:-

 

Health, Welfare and Safety Panel Meetings: -

 

  • Friday 19th October, 2012;
  • Friday 11th January, 2013;
  • Friday 26th April, 2013;
  • Friday 12th July, 2013;

 

To begin at 2.00 pm in the Rotherham Town Hall. 

 

Health, Welfare and Safety Panel – Visits of Inspection: -

 

  • Friday 21st September, 2012;
  • Friday 7th December, 2012;
  • Friday 15th March, 2013;
  • Friday 21st June, 2013;

 

All to commence around 9.15 am and last for the full day. 

Minutes:

Resolved: - (1)  That the next meeting of the Health, Welfare and Safety Panel take place on Friday 19th October, 2012, in the Rotherham Town Hall. 

 

(2)  That the future meetings of the Health, Welfare and Safety Panel take place on: -

  • Friday 11th January, 2013;
  • Friday 26th April, 2013;
  • Friday 12th July, 2013.  

 

(3)  That the next Health, Welfare and Safety Panel Visits of Inspection take place on Friday 21st September, 2012.

 

(4)  That the future Health, Welfare and Safety Panel Visits of Inspection take place on: -

 

  • Friday 7th December, 2012;
  • Friday 15th March, 2013;
  • Friday 21st June, 2013.