Health & Safety

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.

On Friday 6th October 11:00 – 16:00, the TUC will host Introduction to the Role of Health and Safety Rep, for young members only. Free, online and open to any young member.


TUC Education are running an Introduction to Health and Safety taster for women union members at 1100hrs on 3rd October 2023.

The TUC is running another ‘Introduction to the role of Health and Safety rep’ course for women members. It runs on the 3rd October, 11:00 – 16:00

In October 2021 HMPPS commenced a pilot in seven establishments for a new First Aid Policy. This pilot is now complete, and despite the Executive’s best endeavors, no policy has been implemented.

Joe Simpson reports on the ongoing issue of carrying aids for frontline staff

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.