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RESOLVED     that the minutes of the meeting of the Health and Safety Committee, which was open to the press and public, held on 26 April 2017 be confirmed and signed.





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Mr Austin said that the summary reports of directorate statistics relate to internal matters and there had been a 40% drop in the number of incidents in the last period mainly in schools. In part it relates to some issues over the summer logging in to the system. This system logged staff out for a while.  Officers are now in the process of upgrading the system as part of the technology ‘Refresh’. It is a vulnerability because at present there are only two people who have the password and if they are not at work, the system cannot be reset. Officers are aware of this risk and it will be part of the Office / 365 and SharePoint upgrade.


Mr Austin said that some union members undertook a walk-through of the Town Hall Chambers complex with the Mayor and Councillor Bonavia. The lifts had not been working and there were some queries about the café and theatre. Actions were suggested and are in hand. There will be a follow up visit to ensure that all the suggested work has been done.


Mr Austin said that the front of Laurence House has been closed. Temporary access to the building for public and officers had been made.  Some union members have reviewed the site arrangements. There have been evacuations for visitors from the library and Access Point and for officers out of the main door. This had been successful. Work would be on going until Christmas. Ms Dart confirmed that works in Laurence House were on schedule. Mr Austin said that there had been a couple of false fire alarms due to the works, as well as two planned fire drills. All had been well executed. 


Councillor Bell asked whether there had been an in depth check for asbestos in Laurence House. Mr Austin said that it is a relatively new building and so asbestos was not used in the construction. Ms Dart said that all Lewisham Council buildings have an asbestos register.


Councillor Bell referred to page 9 on the agenda and asked why the level of some types of incident had risen in customer services in the last period. Mr Austin said that in moving the Housing service from Eros House to the Access Point, officers reviewed levels of abuse from the public and how they were recorded by different teams. When the two services came together, some differences were noted and staff were advised that bad behaviour, while occurring, is not right and should not be tolerated.  All staff are encouraged to record and report any abuse they experience. The figures have gone up because staff are encouraged to ensure that they flag up unacceptable incidents. There have also been two serious incidents.


Over the summer, Customer Services spent a whole day for all their management team on the issues of violence and aggression, what might be the causes and techniques to manage it, because this is considered  ...  view the full minutes text for item 77.