Agenda Item No


The Vale of Glamorgan Council


Cabinet Meeting: 21st September 2011


Report of the Cabinet Member for Human Resources & Equalities


Corporate Occupational Health & Safety Policy


Purpose of the Report

1.         To advise Cabinet of the reviewed Corporate Occupational Health & Safety Policy.


2.         That Cabinet approve the attached Policy and endorse its implementation across

the Council so it becomes embedded into the culture of the organisation.

Reasons for the Recommendations

3.         To assist the Council in meeting its duties under the Health and Safety at Work etc

Act 1974.


4.         To ensure health and safety is effectively managed across the whole Council.



5.         The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 was created in order to place a duty

upon employers to ensure that the health, safety and welfare of employees is

safeguarded as far as is reasonably practicable.


6.         A requirement of the Act is for employers to set out a Statement of Policy for Health and Safety - this should include responsibilities and organisational arrangements for the management of health and safety.


7.         The last review of the Corporate Occupational Health and Safety Policy was in



Relevant Issues and Options

8.         The Council's Occupational Health and Safety Policy sets out our general approach and objectives and the arrangements we have put in place for managing health and safety.


9.         It shows employees, and anyone else, our commitment to health and safety and describes how we will implement and monitor health and safety controls.


10.       The main change to this Policy is the inclusion of a specific 'Arrangements' section

that clearly states how we will deal with certain health and safety topics e.g. risk assessment, information and training etc.  These Arrangements can be used to assist in monitoring and reviewing health and safety performance.


Resource Implications (Financial and Employment and Climate Change, if appropriate)

9.         Any financial implications will be met from within existing budgets. 


Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

10.       Under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, the Council has a duty to

protect the health, safety and welfare of its employees.


Crime and Disorder Implications

11.       There are no direct Crime and Disorder implications as a result of this policy.


Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

12.       There are no direct Equal Opportunities implications as a result of this policy.


Corporate/Service Objectives

13.       Protecting the health, safety and welfare of all employees will have an impact

throughout all areas of the Corporate / Service Objectives.


Policy Framework and Budget

14.       This report is a matter for Executive decision by the Cabinet.


Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

15.       The Policy has been through the usual consultation process.


Relevant Scrutiny Committee

16.       Corporate Resources.


Background Papers

Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974


Contact Officer

Andrea Davies - Corporate Health & Safety Officer Tel: 01446 709361


Officers Consulted

Policy Review Group members

Employment Lawyer

Personnel Officers

Joint Trade Unions


Responsible Officer:

Sian Davies

Director of Finance, ICT & Property