Health and Safety

Body Worn Camera Update

The Body worn camera trial is about to go live at 29 stations across NWAS with further stations to be announced shortly. Those stations that are taking part will see the infrastructure and cameras already arriving. There is a video on the greenroom that is short and informative, and this will be accompanied by some face to face training for staff who will be using them. It is hoped that we will see a reduction in violence towards staff and an increase in court sanctions on perpetrators of the violence.

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Call Centre News

Some of you will have seen taller, deeper, protective screens being fitted to workstations in your call centres, they now comply with minimum standards for protective screens, those that have not yet had the screens fitted, I can assure you that they are on their way and should be fitted in the near future.

Compulsory Vaccinations?

There have been rumours abound, surrounding the compulsory vaccination of staff within NWAS. Let me assure you that as things currently stand in civil law, no person can have any medical treatment or intervention forced upon them without their implicit informed consent. The only exception to this is where a person lacks capacity and the treatment is in their best interests, so unless NWAS deem their staff to lack capacity then nothing can change.

There has also been mention of staff not being able to fulfil their contract, why now, all of a sudden, does a fluid repellent surgical mask not protect staff and patients from the virus? There is nothing in any contract that states you must be vaccinated against coronavirus.

The service has apparently started to develop its own Covid age risk score matrix, again, which is currently not aligned with the ALAMA risk matrix. Before they can implement any form of risk assessment, they MUST consult with qualified Union Health and Safety Officials. Laid down in law in the Safety Representatives and Safety Committees Regulations 1977. At the point of writing this report for the website, 24th March 2021, I have not been consulted by NWAS about any proposals to re-design or develop a risk assessment aimed at risk scoring staff.

I appreciate that it has been a while since the last Health and Safety update, but I will endeavour to keep you, our membership, up to date with future developments.

Graham Green

UNISON Branch Health and Safety Officer.

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