Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
The Health and Safety Annual Report was received, which set out the activity during the 2018/19 financial year, including training; accident information for Council employees, non-employees and contractors; and health and safety incidents. With the exception of an accident to Amey’s staff there was no major accidents which had taken place. An error was highlighted in section 4 of the report, there had been a total of five accidents to staff as opposed to four as stated in the report.
The Chairman welcomed the use of consultants to undertake health and safety audits. It was noted that contractors were required to submit annual health and safety information to the Council and remained fully responsible for activity involving their own employees.
Concern was expressed that there had been an increase in aggressive incident reports at the Council over the past year. As a result, the Council’s Corporate Management Group had agreed recently that a permanent security presence should be placed in the entrance lobby to the Civic Offices to deter future incidents.
Regarding training, it was noted that a number of staff required to undertake courses had not yet completed them, although some would be on long-term sick leave or new to the organisation. Email reminders were circulated to all staff with a course outstanding, with the overall monitoring undertaken by Human Resources or the Senior Health and Safety Officer.
As requested by the Committee last year, the Summary of Accidents reported by way of claim for compensation with no accident form was set out on page 59 of the report.
That the Health and Safety Annual Report be received no matters of concern.
Report author: Lisa Harrington
Publication date: 07/08/2019
Date of decision: 18/07/2019
Decided at meeting: 18/07/2019 - Standards and Audit Committee