On the 7th of November around 50 representatives from Community union and industry attended the annual National Joint Footwear, Leather, Tanning and Clothing Industries Health and Safety Conference at SATRA in Kettering.
Community General Secretary, Roy Rickhuss opened the Conference by saying that ‘health and safety is a priority for our union’ and he went on to outline the union’s mental health campaign and encouraged employers in the industry to work in partnership with Community and sign its Mental Health Charter.
Rob Sneddon, Health and Safety Officer at Community, chaired the Conference and pointed out the important role that union-appointed safety representatives play in maintaining a safe working environment and made it clear that Community would challenge any employer which disregards their duty of care to employees and Community members.
The morning session opened up and featured presentations and discussions on good safety management and managing good safety performance, including a case study from Muirhead Leather in Scotland and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents. This was followed by a presentation on an updated guidance document on the safe use and handling of industry knives.
In the afternoon counsel from 9 Gough Square gave the conference an update on the current position concerning criminal sentencing and corporate responsibility in health and safety, which was followed by the 2nd practical case study of the day from Loake Shoes looking into issues around musculoskeletal disorders and the possible impact on workers, occupational health, rehabilitation and return to work policy.
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