Health & Safety

It is important for employees to report any injury or near miss as soon as possible.

The TUC have reintroduced an introductory session regarding the role of the Health and Safety Rep aimed exclusively at young union members.

Reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC) is a lightweight form of concrete, with an estimated useful life of around 30 years. RAAC has been used in hospitals, schools and other public sector building construction since the late 1950s/early 1960s up until the mid-1990s.


Whatever your opinion may be about rats, two things can be agreed upon universally: they are extremely clever and very resilient.

Radon is a colourless, odourless radioactive gas formed by the radioactive decay of small amounts of uranium that occur naturally in all rocks and soils. Radon is everywhere, outdoors, and indoors. In most areas, levels are low and the risk to health small.


The NEC have recently become aware of a fire in a prison establishment which has raised many concerns.

Following new concerns of Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC), the TUC are advising that an organising approach to support Branch Officials should be taken in order for them to ask the right questions of their employers and consider routes to escalation.

Since 2015 the NEC has been involved in negotiations to introduce a new policy on First Aid at Work and Emergency First Aid at Work.

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The National Executive has become aware that many workplaces are experiencing problems with the prevalence of rats and mice in the workplace.

Representing over 30,000 Prison, Correctional and Secure Psychiatric Workers, the POA is the largest UK Union in this sector, able to trace its roots back more than 100 years.