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ANNUALCORPORATEHEALTH&

SAFETYREPORTFOR2006/07

HealthandSafetyReport2006/07

1.

INTRODUCTION

ThisreportcoverstheyearfromApril2006toMarch2007.TheaimistoprovideElectedMembers,

thepublic,SeniorOfficerswithintheCouncilandothersinterestedinhealthandsafetywith

informationonwhattheCountyCouncilisdoingtoprotectitsemployees,volunteers,contractors,

clientsandserviceusers,pupilsandmembersofthepublic.

Healthandsafetyfocusesontherisksofinjuryandillhealththatcanarisefromthewiderangeofactivitiesnecessary
todelivertheservicestothepeopleofLincolnshire.
LincolnshireCountyCouncilsHealthandSafetyPolicyStatementistheCouncilsleaddocumentforhealthandsafety
andassuchallothercorporateorserviceleveldocumentswillmatchorexceedtheprinciplessetoutthere.

TheCouncilrecognisesthatgoodhealthandsafetymanagementsupportsthedeliveryofitsservicestothepeopleof
Lincolnshire.

2.

RISKS

AnorganisationwithsuchabroadrangeofactivitiesastheCountyCouncilhasawidevarietyofriskstomanage.The
riskportfoliooftheCouncilintermsofhealthandsafetyhasnotchangedsignificantlyduring2006/07.Thelistbelow
representsonlysomeofthemostcommonrisksfromacrosstheCouncil,allofwhichremainunchangedfrom
previousyears.

Loneworking

Violenceandaggression

Transportandroadrisk

Manualhandlingrisks

Slipandfalls

Workrelatedstress

Workatheight

To ensurethatallrisksareidentified,theCouncilhasriskassessmentprocessesforusebymanagersandstaff, which
aresupportedbycomprehensiveguidanceandcompetentassistanceifrequired.

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TheCouncilsservicesareoftendeliveredviapartnershiparrangements.Thesecanincludeawiderangeofexternal
organisationssuchascharities,contractorsandvolunteers.Byfocusingoncooperation,communicationandco
ordinationwithitsstrategicpartners,theCouncilaimstoensurethattheseoperationsarealsomanagedassafelyasis
reasonablypracticable.

TosupportmanagementtheCouncil,throughitsstrategicpartnerHBS,employstheservicesofateamofHealthand
SafetyAdvisers,trainedcounsellorswhoprovidecounsellingandsupportforemployeesandOccupationalHealth
medicalstaff.

3.

PERFORMANCEFOR2006/07

Throughout2006/07theCouncilhasmadesignificantprogressinimprovingitsgovernancearrangementsforthe
managementofhealthandsafety.InApril06adraftthreeyearstrategyforEffectiveHealth&SafetyManagement
waspresentedtoandendorsedbytheCouncilsCorporateManagementTeam.Therethenfolloweda
comprehensiveroundofconsultationduringwhichSeniorManagers,ElectedMembers,recognisedtradeunions,staff
andexternalagencies(includingtheHealth&SafetyExecutive)wereengagedtoobtainedpeerreviewandscrutiny.
ThishelpedtoinformthefinaldraftstrategywhichwassubsequentlypresentedtoandapprovedbytheCouncils
Executiveon5thDecember2006.

ThestrategyissupportedbyanannualImplementationPlanwhichidentifiesactionstoachievebestpracticeand
identifiestargetsandprioritiesforthe3yearperiod.Thestrategyanditscontentsnowformthebasisoftheannual
planningandreviewprocessforhealthandsafety.

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Highlightofimprovedgovernancearrangementsachievementsduring2006/07;

CMTsponsorshipforcorporatehealth&safety,leadbyDirectorforResources.

IncreasedspecialistH&SAdviserresources(bytwoadditionalFTEs).

FormationoftheCorporateH&SSteeringGroupandDirectorateH&SCoordinationgroupswith
improvedlinesofreportingandcommunication.

SponsorshipoftheCorporateH&SSteeringGroupbyamemberoftheCouncilsExecutive,leadbyCllrN
T CarterPortfolioHolderforResources.

Agreementonaprogrammeofinternalauditsforhealthandsafetytobecommencedduring2007/08.

DevelopmentandpilotingofaManagersToolkitforH&S.

PublicreportingoftheCouncilsStrategyforEffectiveHealth&SafetyManagementandassociated
ImplementationPlans.

UtilisationoftheHealth&SafetyExecutivesCorporateHealth&SafetyPerformanceIndicator(CHaSPI)to
assesstheCouncilspastandcurrentperformance.

Inadditiontothehighlightslistedabove,therecenttransferofthecorporateH&SfunctionintotheRiskManagement
TeamhasalsoservedtostrengthentheCouncilsgovernancearrangementsforthemanagementofhealthandsafety
risks.ThisnewintegratedapproachtowholeriskmanagementhasalreadybeenviewedbytheCouncilsinsurersas
a positiveriskfeatureforthebettermanagementofourinsurablerisksandhascontributedtowardsreceivinga
reductionintheregionof50,000inourliabilitiesinsurancerenewalpremium.

Therateofreportableaccidents/incidentshasremainedconsistentwiththenumberofmajorinjuriesremaininglow.
Althoughthenumberof3dayinjurieshasincreasedslightlyonlastyearsfigure,itispleasingtonotethatthisstill
remainslowerthanthatrecordedinthetwoyearspriorto2005/06.Thisismostwelcomeandworkcontinuesto
improveonthisperformance.

Althoughtheoveralltrendforreportableaccidentdataisdownwards,thereisaclearcontinuationintheupward
trendforthenumberofotherincidentsrecorded.Furtheranalysisofthisdataindicatestheretohavebeenan
increaseinthenumberofnoninjuryincidentsbeingreportedwhichsuggestsacorrectioninpreviousyearsunder
reportingas,throughcontinuedhealthandsafetytraining,staffbecomemoreawareoftheimportancetorecordsuch

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typesofincidents.ItispredictedthatthistrendwillbesettocontinueintofutureyearsastheCouncilseekstofurther
improveitssystemsforaccidentreportingandrecordingaswellasraisingawarenessofkeyhealthandsafetyissues.

DuringtheyeartheCouncilhasundertakenanumberofspecificprogrammestoimprovestandardsforhealthand
safetyandraiseawarenessofkeyissues,including;

AcomprehensiveprogrammeofIOSH(CharteredInstitutionofOccupationalHealth&Safety)accredited
trainingcoursesweredeliveredforstaffincluding4fourdayManagingSafelycoursesand4halfdaySafety
forSeniorExecutivesbriefings.

InconjunctionwiththeCouncilsOccupationalHealthprovider,aseriesofhealthpromotionworkshops
wereheldaroundthecountyforstaffonthesubjectsofWellManandWellWoman.Mostsessionswere
oversubscribedbystaffandallreceivedexcellentfeedback.

WalkingyourWaytohealthcampaignaimedatencouragingstafftogetoutoftheofficeandgoforawalk
duringtheirlunchbreak.ThisinitiativewassubmittedfortheWorkingFamiliescharityWellbeingAward,for
whichaSpecialCommendationwasreceived.

WorkcontinuedwiththetriannualprogrammeofCorporateH&Spolicyreviewstoensurecompliance
withlegislativechange.

ImplementationofthecorporateSmokeFreepolicy,3monthsaheadofthewiderbanonsmokingin
enclosedpublicplaces.

AfullreviewoftheDriverInformationProgramme(DIP)concludingthatthenext5yearprogrammewill
besplitintotwoDIPprogrammes,oneaimedatnewmembersofstaffandasecondrefreshercourse,
whichwilldealwithmoreadvanceddrivingtechniques,forstaffwhohavealreadycompletedtheinitial
course.

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ReviewandrefreshofthewayinwhichtheCouncilmonitorshealth&safetywithinCommunityand
VoluntaryControlledschools.Thisprojectisongoingandwilldevelopfurtherinto2007/08.

Afullreviewofthewayinwhichthehealthandsafetyoflearnersengagedonprogrammesprovidedbythe
LifelongLearningServicewasundertaken.Deficienciesidentifiedhavebeenrectifiedandanassurancegiven
totheLearning&SkillsCouncilthatthe10LearnerProcurementStandardsforH&Swillbemet.

InpartnershipwiththeHealth&SafetyExecutive,aseriesofWorkatHeightseminarswereheldaround
thecounty.Intotalmorethan90peopleattendedincludingstafffromwithintheCouncil,itsschoolsand
strategicpartnerHBS(propertyservices).

Despitethegoodworkinraisingawarenessofthekeyissuessurroundingworkingatheight,unfortunately,theHealth
andSafetyExecutive(HSE)thisyearfounditnecessarytoserveoneoftheCouncilsCommunityschoolswithan
ImprovementNoticeforfailuretocomplywiththeWorkatHeightRegulations2005.Supportwasgiventothe
schooltohelpremedythedeficiencieshighlightedbytheHSEandthenoticewaslaterliftedwithinthetimeframe
given.

4.ACCIDENTS/INCIDENTSANDOTHERRELATEDSTATISTICALDATA
ThedatashowninthefollowingtablehasbeenreviewedbytheCorporateH&SSteeringGroupandprovides
summarycomparativedataagainstthepreviousthreereportingperiods.Thesteeringgroupwillcontinuetorefine
thedatacollatedandreportedon.

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2003/04 2004/05 2005/06 2006/07

NumberofMajorInjuries

Numberofinjuriescausingover3dayabsencesfromwork

52

55

46

51

Numberofotherincidents

629

697

1075

940

Fatalities

ReportableDangerousOccurrences

ReportableworkrelatedDisease

NumberofImprovementsNoticesserved

NumberofProhibitionNoticesserved

IncidentrateforMajorinjuries

0.28

0.46

0.32

0.36

3.6

3.63

2.91

3.12

(numberofminorinjuriesper1,000employees)

43.48

45.96

68.1

57.49

MajorInjuriestoserviceusers/students/public*

180

162

47

51

Otherinjuriestoserviceusers/students/public

448

809

1312

1330

(numberofmajorinjuriesper1,000employees)

Incidentratefor3dayinjuries
(numberofover3dayinjuriesper1,000employees)

Incidentrateforminorinjuries

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* TheMajorinjuriestoservicesusers/students/publicallinvolvedhospitaltreatmentofsomekind.
Mostofthesewereinjuriestoolderpersonsresultingfromtheirhealthconditionandsport/play
injuriestostudents.Onlyaverysmallproportionofthesewereinconnectionwithworkactivities,
i.e.involvingpremises/equipment,defectsarisingfromalackofsupervisionorcare.

5.PLANS&TARGETSFOR2007/08

InternalandexternalpublicationoftheAnnualCorporateHealth&SafetyReport2006/07
andH&SImplementationPlanfor2007/08.

DevelopaschoolsH&Sselfassessmenttemplate(forCommunityandVoluntary
Controlledschoolsonly)andengagewithheadteachersandschoolssitemanagersto
obtainpeerreviewandscrutiny.TargetofSeptember2007for
launchofagreedtemplates.

Conducttrainingneedsanalysisforcompetentpersonsinschoolstohelpinformthe
developmentofaonedayprogrammeofH&SAwarenessTrainingforSchools.

ProductionofhalfyearlyH&Snewsletters(onespecificallyforschoolsandoneforallother
councilestablishments).

ConcludepilotoftheManagersToolkitforH&S,makinganynecessary
adjustments/amendmentsandlaunchwithsupportingbriefingsforHeadsofService.

AllHeadsofServicetoattendeitherthehalfdaySafetyforSeniorExecutivesorfourday
ManagingSafelyinLCCcourseoftraining.

EachDirectoratetosetoutafouryearrollingprogrammeofinternalH&Sauditingandto
havecompletedauditforallareasidentifiedwithinthefirstyearsprogramme.

DeliveraprogrammeofIOSHaccreditedH&Strainingcourses.

Continuewiththetriannualprogrammeofhealthandsafetycorporatepolicyreviews.

InconjunctionwiththeCouncilsOccupationalHealthprovider,continuetodelivera
seriesofhealthpromotionworkshopsforstaffacrossthecountybasedaroundthethemes
ofWellManandWellWoman.

InvestigatefeasibilityofwideningthescopeoftheWalkingYourWaytoHealthinitiativeto
covereitherSleafordorBoston.

ReviewandrealignmentoftheCouncilsonlineaccidentdatabasereporting&recording
systemstomatchthenewstructure.

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