City of Wolverhampton Council has signed an agreement to mark a new partnership with Trade Unions to encourage the importance of health and safety in the workplace.

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In developing the agreement, the council recognises the benefits of having trained trade union safety representatives to promote good health and safety practice in the workplace, reduce injury and illness.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) research shows that workplaces with Trade Union safety reps have up to 50% less injuries than those without.

Tim Johnson, Deputy Managing Director at City of Wolverhampton Council said: "The health and safety of our employees has always been and remains a key priority for the council.

"The City of Wolverhampton Council recognises the role that health and safety representatives can play in providing a link between employees and the City Council as an employer.

"Through this new partnership, we will deliver a more effective health and safety service, raise more awareness about the importance of reporting health and safety issues and work collaboratively to assure all employees are kept safe in the workplace."

Adrian Turner, Unison Branch Secretary of the Unison City of Wolverhampton Branch said: "Unison welcomes the new Health and Safety partnership agreement with the City of Wolverhampton Council.

"With the ever changing nature of work there are no grounds for complacency because the changes often present new dangers and challenges.

"It is in the interest of employees and the employer to make all workplaces safe and to follow good Health and Safety practises, including regular inspections and risk assessments.

"Unison's trained Health and Safety representatives look forward to working in partnership with the Council in achieving this aim."

  • released: Thursday 10 May, 2018