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Health, Safety & Welfare: General Advice

If you have a health, safety or welfare issue at work, your local TSSA Health & Safety Rep should be your first port of call. 

Below are links to general advice on common issues faced by TSSA members in their workplace.

TOO HOT ? TOO COLD ?   Temperature

BACKACHE, SORE NECK, ACHING SHOULDERS ?   Posture

STANDING UP TOO LONG? GOT SORE FEET AND NEED FOOTWARE?   TUC Guide to Footware and Standing

SORRY ! I CAN’T HEAR YOU !   Noise

AT WORK ON YOUR OWN ?   Lone Working

COMPUTER GIVING YOU HEADACHE ?   DSE

USE A CAR OR VAN AT WORK ?  Driving

DIESEL FUMES   Diesel

ASBESTOS   Asbestos

USEFUL ORGANISATIONS:

CIRAS - the independant, confidential system for reporting concerns regards health and safety in the transport sector.

CIRAS is a totally independent Confidential Reporting scheme for transport across the UK. It provides member organisations with a Corporate Safey Net that ensures safety or other concerns are captured before they become a real issue. CIRAS can receive health, safety, security & environmental concerns from all employees. Employee personal information is always kept confidential. CIRAS liaise with the subscribing organisation, facilitate a resolution to the issue and provide personal feedback to the employee & member organisation

  CIRAS poster Click here to download and print a CIRAS poster for your workplace.

For more info visit the CIRAS website www.ciras.org.uk

ORR - The ORR has the responsibility to ensure that those responsible make Britain's railways safe for passengers and provide a safe place for staff to work.

 For more info visit the ORR website www.orr.gov.uk

RSSB - Where the rail industry works together understanding risk, guiding standards, managing research, development and innovation and collaborating to improve.

For more info visit the RSSB website www.rssb.co.uk

RAIB - The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) is the independent railway accident investigation organisation for the UK. It investigates railway accidents and incidents on the UK's railways to improve safety, not to establish blame.

For more info visit the RAIB website www.raib.gov.uk

HSE - The Health and Safety Executive's work covers a varied range of activities; from shaping and reviewing regulations, producing research and statistics and enforcing the law.

 For more info visit the HSE website www.hse.gov.uk

Railway Safety Commision (Ireland) - The Railway Safety Commission (RSC) was established under the Railway Safety Act 2005. It has responsibility for matters of railway and cableway safety on passenger carrying systems, freight carrying systems and industrial railways where they interface with public roads.

For more info visit the RSC(I) website www.rsc.ie

European Railway Agency - The European Railway Agency was set up to help create an integrated railway area by reinforcing safety and interoperability.The Agency also acts as the system authority for the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) project, which has been set up to create unique signalling standards throughout europe.

For more info visit the ERA website www.era.europa.eu

ITF / International Transport Unions Federation - Around 700 unions, representing more than 4.5 million transport workers from 150 countries, are members of the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF).

For more info visit the ITF website www.itfglobal.org

 

Health & Safety Reps Wanted.

Health & Safety Reps make a massive difference in the workplace. The DTI report, ‘Workplace Representatives: A Review of Their Facilities & Facility Time’, estimates that safety representatives prevent between 8,000 – 13,000 workplace accidents and between 3,000 – 8,000 work-related illnesses each year.

Health and safety reps have specific rights and duties under health and safety legislation and play an important role in the workplace. Interested in finding out more about the role of a TSSA Health and Safety representative ? Contact your TSSA Organiser or the TSSA Helpdesk on 0800 3282673 

 

 

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