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National Health & Safety Reps Training Seminar

7 December 2012

26-27 February 2013, Sheffield

Do you want to be a more effective TSSA Health & Safety Rep? Do you want to play your part in defending your colleagues from government-driven cuts that undermine workplace health and safety? Are you concerned about stress and bullying in the workplace?
If the answer to these questions is ‘yes’, and you want to help shape a vision of a better tomorrow, then you are urged to apply to attend TSSA’s first National Health & Safety Reps Training Seminar!

The National Health & Safety Reps Training Seminar is an opportunity to share your experiences of tackling health and safety issues in the workplace with TSSA reps from all over Britain and Ireland. You will learn more about how to organise and campaign around issues of health and safety, engaging colleagues and other TSSA reps and members in collective action that will win in the workplace for you and for them. The event will also include high profile external speakers. A full programme will be available shortly.

The National Health & Safety Reps Training Seminar will be held from 1.30pm on Tuesday 26 February 2013 until 1.00pm on Wednesday 27 February 2013, at the Hilton Hotel, Sheffield. Please note that applications MUST be received no later than Monday 28 January 2013 – so apply as soon as possible!

TSSA National Health & Safety Reps Training Seminar 2013 – important information for applicants

Reps wishing to apply for a place at the National Health & Safety Reps Training Seminar 2013 will be required to complete the TSSA Education application form, which can be found on-line at: www.tssa.org.uk/en/Your-union/education/booking-form-for-tssa-courses.cfm

Any rep that has difficulty in making an on-line application should contact the TSSA Helpdesk; a hard copy form will then be sent to applicants for completion and return by post. The form at the back of the TSSA Education and Organising Programme September 2012-August 2013 may be used.

PLEASE NOTE: applications close on Monday 28 January 2013.

On receipt of the application form, applicants will then be asked further details about their hotel accommodation, travel and dietary requirements, and any special needs.

Applicants will be informed as to whether or not their application is successful by no later than 4 February 2013.

When and where

Registration will commence at noon on Tuesday 26 February 2013, with the opening session commencing at 1.30pm. The event will end at 1.00pm on Wednesday 27 February 2013.

The National Health & Safety Reps Training Seminar will be held at the Hilton Hotel, Sheffield (for further details see the Hilton website).

Hotel accommodation

TSSA offers participants free hotel accommodation at the Hilton Hotel, Sheffield on Tuesday 26 February 2013. Free hotel accommodation on Monday 25 February 2013 will be offered to those whose journey would otherwise require them to leave home before 7.00am on Tuesday 26 February 2013 in order to get to the Hilton Hotel in Sheffield by 1.30pm. Accommodation will also be offered on Wednesday 27 February 2013 to those that would otherwise be unable to arrive at their home until after 9:00pm on that day.

Please note that TSSA will NOT reimburse participants for hotel accommodation arranged by themselves.

Travel arrangements

Travel costs will be reimbursed, subject to the following:
Use of private cars
Use of private cars for all or part of the journey must be authorised IN ADVANCE by Steve Coe, TSSA Assistant General Secretary (see below for contact details). Authorisation for private car use will only be given in exceptional circumstances.
Participants living in Scotland, Wales and England
Participants living in Scotland, Wales and England will generally be expected to use rail services, booking in advance where possible to obtain the cheapest fare. Air travel may also be used for all or part of the journey if it would be cheaper than rail.
Using air travel for all or part of the journey may avoid the need for additional overnight accommodation on Monday 25 February 2013 and/or Wednesday 27 February 2013. If this is the case, participants should contact Steve Coe, TSSA Assistant General Secretary (see below for contact details) for authority to use air travel instead of rail travel.
Participants living in Ireland
Participants living in Ireland will be expected to use the cheapest combination of air, rail and bus services for their journey. Manchester Airport has hourly direct trains to Sheffield, and is served by direct flights from Dublin, Belfast, Cork and Shannon.

Release from work

Your employer should release you with pay to allow you to attend this training event. Any problems in obtaining release should be discussed with your TSSA regional team.

Special needs

Selected participants will be asked to indicate any special needs when informed that they have a place at the National Health & Safety Reps Training Seminar .
The Hilton Hotel Sheffield is fully accessible to those with mobility difficulties.
Special diets including vegetarian, vegan and other diets will be accommodated.
TSSA is committed to equal opportunities, and addressing the needs of all participants, including those with disabilities, and those with childcare and caring responsibilities. Applicants may be contacted to discuss their needs, and reasonable requirements will be met.
Every effort will be made to ensure reasonable provision of care for pre-school aged children to enable full participation in the National Health & Safety Reps Training Seminar. This will be made according to individual needs. Unfortunately, this will not extend to hours outside of those when the National Health & Safety Reps Training Seminar is taking place.
It may be necessary to pass on information to a third party with regard to the provision of special needs such as facilities for those with disabilities. Any such transfer of information that identifies an individual will be made only where necessary.
Information relating to special needs will be processed and retained by TSSA only in connection with this event.

Social events

A social event will be organised for Tuesday evening, 26 February 2013.
 

Other queries / contact details

Steve Coe, TSSA Assistant General Secretary, should be contacted regarding any further queries regarding this event. He may be contacted by email at coes@tssa.org.uk or by phone on 07769 682804.

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