Building inspection safety call

Unite supports TUC’s Building Safety Week of Action campaign

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Unite is urging its army of health and safety reps to carry out workplace building inspections as part of a Building Safety Week of Action.

With multiple risks in workplaces across the country such as Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC), asbestos, poor fire safety and ventilation issues, safety reps are being encouraged to take a look at possible dangers in their workplace buildings.

Between Monday April 22 and Sunday April 29, the week leading up to Workers’ Memorial Day, Unite health and safety reps are being asked to carry out a building safety inspection.

Unite has around 10,000 health and safety reps who have been trained and supported by the union to ensure their workplaces are safe, and they have a legal right to carry out inspections.

Unite national health and safety advisor Rob Miguel said, “Unite provides fantastic training to its health and safety reps, and as part of that, they are trained to carry out workplace inspections.

“Building Safety Week is a good opportunity to remind employers that Unite reps have a right to carry out inspections and talk to members about any concerns they have about the building they work in.

“We have produced a specific reps and officers briefing on RAAC, including a template letter for reps that can be sent to employers found on this page.

Find out more about Building Safety Week here.

Unite provides reps with lots of important and useful information which can be found on the Unite health and safety page here.

By Keith Hatch