Working through Covid: Research on Work,Health & Safety during the Pandemic

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A research seminar, to share the results of recent work on those working from home , through Covid and the role of safety reps and committee

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During the pandemic many different groups of workers have been at the front line, maintaining services, keeping others safe and the economy going while confronting risks.

Employee health and safety representatives have been performing risk assessments, calling for adequate PPE, communicating with workers and managements and much more.

In short, they have been fulfilling a vital purpose. Training and support from individual unions has underpinned the work of health and safety reps, and helps explain their impact.

What lessons can be learned from working through Covid? What more could employers, unions and government do to improve the effectiveness of employee health and safety consultation?

An invited audience will include trade union and management health and safety specialists, OSH specialists and others with a practical knowledge of supporting employee health and wellbeing during the pandemic.

Programme / time table (times are provisional and subject to alteration)

9.25- 9.30 Opening of Webinar - Chair Dr Minjie Cai – University of Greenwich

9.30 – 9.45 am Introduction – Professor Sian Moore – what research has shown us about the work of union health and safety reps in the pandemic, and what more do we need to know?

9.45-10.20 Research on Covid-19 and the working environment:

Professor Joanne Crawford - University of Wellington, New Zealand: Covid-19, working from home and impact on future working

Alice Martin – Pensions Information Resource Centre: Covid-19 and work, how companies and their investors have responded to the health crisis in workplaces.

Questions and discussion.

10.15 – 11.10 Research with Health and Safety Reps

Shelly Asquith – Health, Safety and Wellbeing Officer: the TUC Health and Safety Reps Survey

Rob Miguel - Unite National Health and Safety Officer: Unite members and reps survey

Brian Troake - Unite Officer: food industry case study / survey.

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10.45 – 11.15 First Results of the Greenwich UKRI / TUC Study on Food Sectors

Professor Matt Flynn: Evidence from surveys in food Sector

Greenwich Team: Case studies from the food sector

Questions and discussion

11.15 – 12.05 Good and Bad Practices, Why Union Health and Safety Reps are Important in a Pandemic - What we Need to know from Research

Conversation between Helen Beers (Science Lead HSE), TUC, Rory O’Neill (Editor of Hazards) and unions - Why Union Health and Safety Reps are Important in a Pandemic - What we Need to know from Research

Greenwich/ Hull Team: Emerging evidence from research outside food sector

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12.05-12.30 Round up, ideas and discussion questions

12.05 – 12. 30 Questions and discussion led by CREW.

(What more would participants want to see from the current project on the work of union health and safety reps during the Covid-19 pandemic?)

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