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T&G names advisers to trial health and safety scheme

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The Transport & General Workers’ Union (T&G) has provided two worker safety advisers for the hotel and catering business.

RAY ANJOLAIYA and DAVID GUNNISS are the first advisers in a pilot scheme aimed at raising health and safety standards and promoting communication between employers and staff.

The schemes have been launched by the Health & Safety Commission (HSC) across five industries seen to be largely composed of small firms (having fewer than 50 staff) with little or no employee representation on safety issues.

Anjolaiya, who has been with the T&G for more than 15 years and is secretary for the restaurant and bar staff branch, will operate in the London borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

Gunniss, an independent health and safety consultant and part-time health and safety tutor for the T&G, will cover South Wales from Cardiff.

Between March and November, the specially trained advisers will make at least three visits to participating companies. The plan is to sign up 25 companies for each industry sector in the pilot scheme. The effectiveness of the trial will be assessed in late 2003.

Dave Turnbull, London regional organiser for hospitality at the T&G, hoped the pilots would lead to legislation that would give roving independent advisers access to all non-unionised workplaces.

“There is strong evidence that workplace-based safety representatives make a positive contribution to improving health and safety standards,” said HSC chairman Bill Callaghan.

Volunteer firms are being recruited by the scheme’s co-ordinator, York Consulting (Tel: 0113-222 3545).

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