considered a revised draft Corporate Health and Safety and Welfare
Policy. The Corporate Director – Planning and Governance
presented the report and explained that existing Policy was last
reviewed and approved in 2018 and was therefore due for review.
Existing policy and procedure had been combined into one document, designed to underpin the
overarching Corporate Health & Safety Policy.
The key changes to the
• The policy has been
renamed the ‘Corporate Health, Safety and Welfare
Policy’ to capture a key aspect of the Council’s duties
towards welfare, as an employer.
• The document has
been simplified, in terms of structure and language, to increase
its transparency and accessibility.
• There is a clear
description of the different roles that groups and individuals
within the Council play, in terms of accountability but also
• The commitment to a
positive culture of health and safety, as a leadership
responsibility, is made more explicit.
• The document adheres
closely to the HSG65 system of Plan-Do-Check-Act.
• The document
explicitly references our duties to, and the duties of, workers,
councillors, customers, and the public with regards to health and
• The policy includes
a glossary of common terms used – such as ‘risk’,
‘hazard’, ‘accident’ and ‘near
• The policy includes
an index of the health & safety arrangements documents that
underpin this policy.
The revised draft
Policy had been consulted on with the Corporate Leadership Team,
the Corporate Management Team, the Corporate Health and Safety Risk
Management Group and the Council’s elected member Health and
Safety Champion. Feedback from each of those consultees had been
considered in arriving at this draft version.
In the ensuing
discussion, Sub-Committee Members expressed support for the revised
Policy. In response to comments, the Corporate Director explained
that adoption of the policy and the training that sits beneath it
will fall within the responsibility of the Council’s wider
management team and there will be tailored training for
With reference to
paragraph 4.15, there was a proposal that the final bullet point
should be amended to read “Not engage in acts of
‘horseplay’, practical jokes, or acts which may
cause harm or injury to themselves or anyone else. It was felt that
the threshold of “likely to cause…” was too
high. Sub-Committee Members expressed support for this
RESOLVED: That the Sub-Committee approve the draft updated Health
and Safety and Welfare Policy attached at Appendix 1 to the report,
subject to amendment of paragraph 4.15 as set out above.