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Agenda item

Health and Safety Update

Member briefing by the Occupational Health and Safety Manager


The Committee received a presentation from the Occupational Health and Safety Manager that provided an update on the Health and Safety Service (for copy see file of Minutes).


The presentation highlighted the following points:-


·         Headlines for Quarter 3

·         Public Safety Review Group – Fire Safety

·         Open Water Safety

·         Employee Mental Health and Wellbeing

·         Violence and Aggression Risks


Councillor Surtees welcomed the work being carried out in schools in coastal areas to raise awareness about open water safety and asked if parents would receive information about the risks. The Officer advised that social media was a useful tool but would welcome any suggestions. Members were assured that work would continue in inland areas.


The Committee was provided with an update on work being undertaken with the Police with regard to the Council’s policy for dealing with incidents of violence and aggression. Guidance had been issued to members about basic safety and reporting procedures, and the intranet provided advice and information, together with the Potentially Violent Persons Register which was currently being reviewed.




That the information given be noted.




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