Health and safety – your representatives
Your first port of call if there is an issue in the workplace is your manager, or the university Safety Services team. However, sometimes there are issues that get stuck, or you're not sure who to approach. That's what the staff reps are there for. We are appointed by trade unions, but we support all members of staff.
If you have any concerns about health, safety or welfare contact a staff representative: Rachel Henderson, Sue King or James Goillau. To make contact easier there is one email address – firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT DO WE DO?
These representatives attend university safety committees, carry out inspections, and raise issues with the university on behalf of staff.
UEA is a complex workplace and the health and safety representatives want to ensure that hazards and risks are identified before harm is done.
There is increased evidence of the negative impact on health of issues such as work related stress and bullying, and these are among our highest concerns.
HOW CAN WE HELP?
Concern over fumes from a photocopier
Excessive temperatures in an office
Concern over asbestos
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Look out for and report any hazards in the workplace
Report accidents and near-misses to University Safety Services
Share any concerns with your manager, or a safety rep
Advice on stress
What to do if you think you are suffering from work-related stress
Always tell someone if you think your health is suffering from workplace stress or stress brought on by external factors. Visit your GP and tell him or her how you are feeling and what you think the causes are.
If the causes are in the workplace tell your union representative and your line manager. Make sure that you document what you tell management and obtain their response in writing. It is not your job to manage, so you don’t have to suggest solutions, but you must be receptive to suggestions from management. Sometimes basic help with time management will be enough, but if the problem goes deeper it may require more complex solutions. It may require your employer to carry out a formal risk assessment.
Whatever you do, don't suffer in silence!