Wales

Commitments

Increase person- centred support to be safe, healthy and happy at work.

Themes

  • Tackling Ill Health

Activity

Broaden the support to employees to recover and maintain their health at work by:

  • piloting funding of physiotherapy and other medical treatments to aid employees back to health;
  • introducing support to increase fitness and reduce smoking;
  • developing wellbeing champions to help address issues before they result in ill health.

Timing

Ongoing from its start in 2016, with annual review.

Impact

To reduce both the incidence and length of ill-health absence irrespective of its relation to work.

Update

The Back to Health scheme has enable 8 colleagues to return to work and a number of colleagues have given up smoking successfully after attending the cessation workshops. Over all Welsh Water has had some very positive feedback from colleagues. In the annual employee engagement survey, a question on whether Welsh Water does a good job of promoting health and wellbeing gave an overall positive score of 81%, the highest score the organisation has had to date. The Back to Health scheme has enable 8 colleagues to return to work and a number of colleagues have given up smoking successfully after attending the cessation workshops. Over all Welsh Water has had some very positive feedback from colleagues. In the annual employee engagement survey, a question on whether Welsh Water does a good job of promoting health and wellbeing gave an overall positive score of 81%, the highest score the organisation has had to date.

Next Steps

Formal follow up for the smoking cessation process is planned 3 months after attendance and a longer-term review of the Wellbeing Champions programme will take place with a view to expanding it across the business. Welsh Water will continue to offer the Back to Health service as part of their colleague business support. Further smoking cessation classes are planned for October 2017 and Welsh Water are updating their company policy to go ‘Smoke Free’ from April 2018. Used as a case study in the HSE Annual Conference 2017 programme.

Commitments

Provide free health and safety information and assistance to businesses in Pembrokeshire and West Wales.

Themes

  • Acting Together
  • Managing Risk Well
  • Supporting Small Employers

Activity

IOSH West Wales is collaborating with key stakeholders to deliver the Pembrokeshire Employers’ Engagement Project (PEEP). The project provides free health and safety advice, information and guidance. It will signpost SMEs to training, sources of health and safety and business support, as well as engage local safety and health professionals.

Timing

Ongoing – events being held every 6–12 months.

Impact

Improve risk control by SMEs in Pembrokeshire and West Wales.

Update

PEEP is now in its 3rd year and has been used as a model template in other areas across South Wales. Following 2 years of delivery, 20 industrial estates have been targeted and guidance, advice and free training has been provide to 240 business and over 1700 employees. PEEP III – delivered during 2017 – targets the care sector.

Commitments

Focus the work of health and safety advisors in South Wales towards the themes of Helping Great Britain Work Well.

Themes

  • Acting Together
  • Managing Risk Well
  • Supporting Small Employers
  • Tackling Ill Health

Activity

Raise awareness of the Helping Great Britain Work Well strategy with health and safety advisors in South Wales by holding a conference themed around the strategy and how they can contribute to its delivery.

Timing

April 2017.

Impact

Raise awareness of the Helping Great Britain Work Well strategy with health and safety advisors in South Wales by holding a conference themed around the strategy and how they can contribute to its delivery.

Update

Certificated conferences on Manual Handling and Slips Trips and Falls. Partnered with other organisations and safety groups and have held two conferences on Helping South Wales Work Well and Working together for Safety Health and Well Being. Two planned for 2018 on Safer Driving and Improving Health Safety and Well Being at Work.

Commitments

Provide free health and safety information and assistance to businesses in the Swansea area.

Themes

  • Acting Together
  • Managing Risk Well
  • Supporting Small Employers
  • Tackling Ill Health

Activity

SWWOSG and 3M are collaborating with key stakeholders to deliver the Swansea Estates Engagement Project. The project will provide free health and safety advice, information and guidance. It will signpost SMEs to training and sources of health and safety and business support as well as engage local safety and health professionals.

Timing

October 2017.

Impact

Improve risk control by SMEs in the Swansea area.

Update

The group has actively supported the Estate Engagement programmes in Pembroke in 2016 and 2017. Swansea in 2016 and 2017. Bridgend in 2017. The programme for 2017/18 includes – Driver Risk Management, Work Station Assessments. Occupational Asthma, Workplace Mental Health,Lifting Inspections, Well being of Staff and an HSE review. Over 100 attended all our main conferences.

Commitments

To work with IGEM to engage with the gas industry supply chain to ensure competence and its effective assessment throughout the supply chain.

Themes

  • Acting Together
  • Supporting Small Employers

Activity

The UK gas distribution operators face the challenge of using a large number of small, specialised, supply chain partners. Following the York HGBWW event, WWU committed to working with IGEM to hold a free event for the UK supply chain partners to address the issue of achieving consistent high levels of competence and its effective assessment via procurement process.

Timing

July 2016.

Impact

Very well-attended event, procurement best practice was shared to enable more streamlined procurement procedures to be adopted, for example recognition of different contractor assessment schemes to avoid duplication.

Update

All objectives met.

Commitments

We will build and promote our safety, health and environment (SHE) management system.

Themes

  • Managing Risk Well

Activity

We will embed the Universities Safety and Health Association (USHA) document Leadership and management of health and safety in higher education institutions. We will act as ambassadors for our SHE management system, hosting events. We are guest speakers at the South Wales Safety Groups Alliance. We will lead an intervention on near-miss reporting.

Timing

  • By end of 2017
  • February 2017
  • June 2017

Impact

  • Increased assurance at all levels within the organisation.
  • We will support and guide our peers.
  • To increase near-miss reporting as a measure of safety culture and learn lessons.

Update

Ongoing.

Commitments

Improve the compliance with gas safety requirements in catering premises in South East Wales.

Themes

  • Managing Risk Well

Activity

Incoming intelligence indicated poor compliance with gas safety requirements in catering premises in South East Wales. A pilot inspection initiative revealed 80% of premises visited required formal enforcement. Initiative now expanded to cover all of South East Wales. Learning from the initiative being shared with other local authorities in Wales.

Timing

Ongoing – next evaluation March 2017.

Impact

Reduce the risk of fire, explosion and carbon monoxide poisoning from inadequate maintenance, unsafe practices and poor ventilation of installations.

Update

Ongoing.

Commitments

To undertake visits to licensed premises specifically focused on reducing the number of violent incidents at those premises.

Themes

  • Acting Together
  • Managing Risk Well
  • Supporting Small Employers

Activity

All-Wales trial to reduce violent incidents at licensed premises. Premises receiving visits from environmental health practitioners specifically on this topic experienced a significant reduction in violent incidents reported to the police. Each violent incident in licensed premises costs on average £ 33,657 while the intervention cost was £125 per individual premises.

Timing

Ongoing – next evaluation March 2017.

Impact

Reduce risk of injury and financial impact arising from violent incidences at licensed premises.

Update

Ongoing.

Commitments

Raise health and safety standards of subcontractors working on construction sites in North Wales.

Themes

  • Acting Together
  • Supporting Small Employers
  • Tackling Ill Health

Activity

Increase consistency of, and compliance with, the standards expected by the safety officers of principal contractors through training events on subjects where risk control by subcontractors is poor. Those attending pledge to abide by the standards they have been shown and work collaboratively with safety officers when they visit sites.

Timing

Ongoing – with annual evaluation.

Impact

Over time, safety officers expect to see consistent improvement in risk control throughout the life of construction projects.

Update

Ongoing.

Commitments

Improve uptake of health and wellbeing services provided to employees.

Themes

  • Tackling Ill Health

Activity

Survey staff to gauge their perceptions and understanding of the employee support services provided by SWFRS. Results to inform:

  • where our Occupational Health Unit is succeeding;
  • future engagement to improve uptake of existing services;
  • expansion into areas where staff would value assistance from SWFRS in keeping healthy and well.

Timing

Survey analysis and action plan to be completed by end 2016. Actions to be completed by the end of 2017.

Impact

Reduce the incidence and duration of ill-health absence from work.

Update

Ongoing.

Commitments

Provide free health and safety information and assistance to businesses in Pembrokeshire and West Wales.

Themes

  • Acting Together
  • Managing Risk Well
  • Supporting Small Employers

Activity

IOSH West Wales is collaborating with key stakeholders to deliver the Pembrokeshire Employers’ Engagement Project (PEEP). The project provides free health and safety advice, information and guidance. It will signpost SMEs to training, sources of health and safety and business support, as well as engage local safety and health professionals.

Timing

Ongoing – events being held every 6–12 months.

Impact

Improve risk control by SMEs in Pembrokeshire and West Wales.

Update

PEEP is now in its 3rd year and has been used as a model template in other areas across South Wales. Following 2 years of delivery, 20 industrial estates have been targeted and guidance, advice and free training has been provide to 240 business and over 1700 employees. PEEP III – delivered during 2017 – targets the care sector.

Commitments

We will improve staff wellbeing.

Themes

  • Tackling Ill Health

Activity

Promotion of positive mental health within the workplace through health fairs and workshops. Providing guidance and support services for managers, focusing on supporting employees facing difficult personal issues. Complete pro-active risk assessments for stress, which focus on organisational issues. Aim to achieve the platinum award of the Welsh Government Corporate Health Standard.

Timing

  • Jan 2017
  • June 2017
  • By end of 2018

Impact

We will shape organisational health and safety culture promoting a proactive approach to mental health, developing our use of metrics to measure progress such as through staff surveys, turnover and participation levels.

Update

Ongoing.

Commitments

We will positively influence safety culture.

Themes

  • Supporting Small Employers

Activity

By working towards the Welsh Government’s Corporate Health Standard platinum award, we will shape the health and safety culture of contractors working for us as part of the associated corporate social responsibility agenda. Specifically, we will demonstrate collaborative working that supports or helps develop innovative or best practice within other organisations.

Timing

  • End 2018.
  • June 2018.

Impact

  • Providing support to our supply chain.
  • Increased participation of our contractors in accreditation schemes, corporate health standards and a small business award.

Update

Ongoing.

Commitments

  • Simplify risk management
  • Promote sensible risk management

Themes

  • Managing Risk Well

Activity

We have developed ‘baseline university expectations’ which set out, for a given statutory duty, essential requirements that achieve compliance. This tool provides managers or supervisors with a clear indication of ‘what compliance looks like’. Communicate our approach to ‘sensible and proportionate’ management of health and safety to all new starters in the organisation at induction; the head of safety and staff wellbeing will continue to be a member of the HSE Myth Buster Challenge Panel.

Timing

  • To be rolled out through 2017.
  • November 2016.

Impact

This makes achieving and demonstrating compliance easier for busy managers. We are an organisation that embraces proportionate risk management.

Update

Ongoing.

Commitments

Improve the management of health and safety risks in early years’ childcare settings.

Themes

  • Acting Together
  • Supporting Small Employers

Activity

Early years’ childcare is a growing sector which supports return to work. Community confidence in the quality of provision is important. The initiative, delivered by a partnership between local authorities, child care professional bodies, fire and rescue services and the Welsh Government, provides carers with bespoke health and safety advice.

Timing

Ongoing – next evaluation March 2017.

Impact

Reduce the risk of injury and ill health from falls from height, manual handling controls, slips and trips, dermatitis and infection.

Update

Ongoing.