Council meetings

Agenda and minutes

Venue: Committee Room 3 Civic Suite, London SE6 4RU

Contact: Clare Weaser 

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Election of Chair and Vice Chair pdf icon PDF 49 KB


RESOLVED    that Councillor Britton be elected Chair and Councillor Till be elected Vice Chair of the Health and Safety Committee for the municipal year 2016/17.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 52 KB


RESOLVED     that the minutes of the meeting of the Health and Safety Committee, which was open to the press and public, held on 2 November 2015 be confirmed and signed.



Declaration of interests pdf icon PDF 73 KB


Councillor Till declared that he is a member of UNITE.



Corporate Health and Safety Team Update pdf icon PDF 167 KB

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The Chair said that he had spoken to Mr Austin about producing a report on health and safety procedures within the Council, how effective they are and what they do. Mr Austin said that he would prepare a refresher of the Corporate Framework for submission to this Committee.









































Mr Ghosh said that part of these arrangements ensured that unions had clarity on how to raise safety issues in Council buildings.  He said that unions were in negotiations on current arrangements and this was expected to be concluded in the near future.


There was discussion about the terms of reference of this Committee, and Mr Austin explained how they had not changed in the Constitution but the focus on health and safety issues for the Council other than as the employer was clarified. Councillor Brown asked about the role of the unions on this Committee in the light of this. He noted that there were no representatives at the meeting; only one apology had been received before the meeting.  Mr Austin said that union members are located within the work place and are aware of some health and safety risks. Traditionally, their role had been to escalate an urgent health and safety issue. Mr Ghosh said that a union representative would attend this meeting if there was an urgent health and safety issue they wished to raise with members.


The Chair said that last year, unions raised the health and safety issues associated with the Broadway Theatre and fire safety evacuation. Councillor Brown said that Chairs should be reminded to read the fire and safety script at the beginning of every meeting. This practice had stopped and should be re-instated.


Councillor Handley said that there had been health and safety issues with people walking through the Laurence House car park. A walkway had been provided and this had solved the problem. He asked whether directorates still have meetings with trade unions. Mr Austin confirmed that they were still held and a corporate meeting had been added to ensure that matters are resolved.


There was discussion about the remit of this Committee. The Chair then suggested, and it was agreed, that a written statement of its remit be submitted to this Committee. When it has been agreed by this Committee, it should be sent to all members of the Council.



RESOLVED that the report be noted and the action outlined above be undertaken by appropriate officers.