Health and Safety


New advice for Napo Members

If you can't get work completed due to IT failure please consider following the procedure in the link, which records the problem and is aimed at rasing awareness of the true cost of IT problems: HS22 2011 Advice to Members Notification of inability to complete task due to IT systems failure Nov 2011 doc

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Moving Office? Advice for Members

If you're moving offices, here's all the issues that should be considered in advance from a Health & Safety viewpoint. Office Moves H&S guide

TUC H&S Training

All Napo H&S Reps are encouraged to try & do the TUC's Stage 1 H&S Training.  The sessions run at many local adult & further education colleges round the country - usually one day a week for 12 weeks or 4 sets of 3 days. Details of the course outline and starting dates can be found at http://www.unionlearn.org.uk/education/index.cfm?mins=12

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Annual H&S Questionnaire at AGM

2011's questionnaire on Stress at Work had over 170 responses and is currently being analysed in detail. Initial assessment highlights the key role that good, supportive management plays in reducing stress. Read what some people said in the "comments" section after they filled in the questionnaire: 2012 AGM H&S Questionnaire

2010's had over 90 responses - highlighted were: Lack of awareness of H&S inspections; lack of asbestos awareness; problems with space, hotdesking, overcrowding and open plan working.  It was heartening to see a high level of awareness of local policies on home visiting/lone working. Fire drills were reported as reasonably regular and well-organised. There were frequent mentions of Workers Memorial Day (28th April annually) - usually in relation to alarm testing. This year's 2011 questionnaire was all about stress: AGM 2011 H&S Stress questionnaire. Over 160 responses came back - results are being analysed and will be reported on in Napo News and the H&S Bulletin.

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Safer Court Working

Relating to the 'poor relation' status of probation staff in courts and lack of access safe facilities, a Memorandum of Understanding between NOMS (Probation) and HM Courts Service (HMCS) was signed in 2010, and is now in place.  Branches and local Health and Safety Reps are urged to ensure that this significant document is observed locally to improve working conditions for Napo members/Probation staff.