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Election Chair and Vice Chair pdf icon PDF 25 KB


RESOLVED     that Councillor Kalu be elected Chair and Councillor Kelleher be elected Vice Chair of the Health and Safety Committee for the municipal year 2018/19


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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 29 January 2018 be confirmed and signed.




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Corporate Health and Safety Team Update pdf icon PDF 683 KB















































































































































Mr Henaughan said that the health and safety statistics outlined in the report are for a 12 month rolling period between July 2016/17 through to June 2017/18. He then drew members’ attention to paragraph 5.3 and three month reporting for the more serious incidents reported between April and June 2018.


Mr Cummins referred to paragraph 2.3 where it states that health and safety incidents are reported on a rolling year basis to June 2018. Mr Henaughan said that this is a mistake and clarified that the report refers to the period between July 2017 – June 2018, against where it has comparisons with the data from July 2016 to July 2017.


Councillor Gallagher referred to Appendix A. She said that the number of assaults by a pupil/ client on an employee has increased significantly. She asked for more information on this. Ms Aciro said that recently H & S staff contacted passenger services who deliver door to door services for vulnerable adults and children. The H & S team noticed that there had been under-reporting in this area and raised awareness of the data required and how incidents should be reported on the system. It was noted that incidents had been written in a book by the driver, but these were not always recorded onto the system. The number of cases have not increased, staff are now aware of how incidents should be uploaded and recorded correctly. Mr Henaughan said that the figures submitted to the next meeting of this Committee should give clearer comparison figures.


Mr Cummins said that over the last 12 months, there has been a change to employment practices in the door to door service team. The Council had taken the decision to contract out the attendants services to a third party organisation, and they were reporting to their own employer.   The unions believe that there were untrained people on the bus and they were a hazard to the passengers they were carrying. The Council has now finished that contract and staff are now better placed to understand Lewisham’s reporting systems. The unions have an ongoing dialogue with social services regarding who is responsible for risk assessment for the buses, because three potential groups are involved; there has not been any progress in these discussions. The unions consider that Social Services are responsible for the assessment because they put the passengers on to the buses.


Councillor Bernards referred to page 11 in the agenda. He said that some entries appear to be missing in CYP non-schools. . Ms Aciro said that the decline in reporting in CYP non schools could be due to change in service delivery, youth services were huge reporters but they are no longer part of the Council as services have been outsourced by Youth First. Mr Henaughan said that they are their own entity and in terms of reporting this has an impact on Lewisham’s statistics.


Ms Aciro said that at  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.