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Community plans next steps for safety in footwear industry

28th August 2019

“A good occasion to bring people together – both employers and union representatives…”

Community reps from the footwear and leather industry sat down with employers at the sector’s recent national Joint Health & Safety Committee.

The key focus of the discussion at the meeting was to plan the forthcoming National Footwear and Leather Health & Safety conference. The annual event is always a joint initiative between the employers and Community, as the sole recognised union for the sector.

Rob Sneddon, Community’s Health & Safety Officer said:

“We’re looking forward to the national conference in November. It’s always a good occasion to bring people together – both employers and union representatives. Working up the agenda during our meeting is an important opportunity to ensure that the interests of our members in the sector are reflected and addressed at the conference. We will also be able to update attendees on relevant current trends in health & safety, which affect the footwear and leather industries.”

The conference, which takes place at Satra in Kettering on 6 November, is expected to look at concerns around dangerous goods, chemicals management and electrical safety.

During the meeting, the joint committee also took the opportunity to re-affirm its support for Community’s Mental Health Charter. The charter was drawn up as part of Community’s mental health priority campaign, which has been ongoing over the past two years.

In attendance at the joint committee along with Rob Sneddon was Dave Preedy, Community’s rep at Loakes Shoes, outgoing Chief Executive of the British Footwear Association John Saunders, Kerry Senior Director of the UK Leather Federation, and employer representatives including from Pittards, and Saunders & Saunders.

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