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National Health and Safety Reps Training Seminar 2014

6 December 2013

Details for the National Health and Safety reps Training Seminar 2014.

 National Health & Safety Reps Training Seminar

4/5 February 2014, Sheffield

Following the highly successful and popular first TSSA National Health & Safety Reps Seminar held earlier this year, the Executive Committee has decided that another event should be run in 2014.

The 2014 event will be bigger and better! It will have the broad theme of health and wellbeing, with specific emphasis on fatigue, stress, and the ergonomics of workstation design, all issues that have been identified as being important to TSSA members and reps.

So if you are a health and safety rep that wants to know more about effectively tackling these issues, you are urged to apply to attend!

Relatively new reps or reps that have not attended this year’s event or similar events in the past will be given priority when places are allocated.This will be 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 these issues,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, including a speaker from the Rail Safety & Standards Board (RSSB) on their health and wellbeing project. A full programme will be available during January 2014.

The National Health & Safety Reps Training Seminar will be held from 1100 on Tuesday 4 February 2014 until 1500 on Wednesday 5 February 2014, at the Hilton Hotel, Sheffield.

Please note that applications MUST be received no later than Monday 13 January 2014 – so apply straight away!

TSSA National Health & Safety Reps Training

Seminar 2014 – important information for applicants

Reps wishing to apply for a place at the National Health & Safety Reps Training Seminar 2014 will be required to complete the TSSA Education application form, which can be found on-line at:

Any rep that has difficulty in making an on-line application should contact theTSSA Helpdesk; a hard copy form will then be sent to applicants for completion and return by post.

PLEASE NOTE: applications close on Monday 13 January 2014.

Applicants will be informed as to whether or not their application is successful by no later than Friday 17 February 2014.

When and where

Registration will commence at 1000 on Tuesday 4 February 2014, with the opening session commencing at 1100. The event will end at 1500 on Wednesday 5 February 2014. The National Health & Safety Reps Training Seminar will be held at the Hilton Hotel, Sheffield – for further details, see their website:

Hotel accommodation

TSSA offers participants free hotel accommodation at the Hilton Hotel, Sheffield on Tuesday 4 February 2014. Free hotel accommodation on Monday 3 February 2014 will be offered to those whose journey would otherwise require them to leave home before 0700 on Tuesday 4 February 2014 in order to get to the Hilton Hotel in Sheffield by 1045. Free accommodation will also be offered on Wednesday 5 February 2014 to those that would otherwise be unable to arrive at their home until after 2100 on that day having left the hotel at 1500.

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 Adèle Potten-Price, TSSA Education Officer (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 3 February 2014 and/or Wednesday 5 February 2014. If this is the case, participants should contact Adèle Potten-Price, TSSA Education Officer (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.

Accessibility Requirements

Selected participants will be asked to indicate any access requirements on the application form.

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 RepsTraining 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 access requirements 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 access will be processed and retained by TSSA only in connection with this event.

Social events

A social event will be organised for Tuesday evening, 4 February 2014.

Other queries / contact details

Adèle Potten-Price, TSSA Education Officer, should be contacted regarding any further queries regarding this event. She may be contacted by email at or by phone on 07717 366415.

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