PPE and Social Distancing – CWU Online Support – All Members

PPE Equipment in vans

Rivus have reported that some vehicles (may not actually be any of ours) are being dropped off for either a service/MOT/accident damage etc, and the driver has left their PPE on the passenger seat or lose within the vehicle. This has been raised as potential safety issue as the mechanic doesn’t know where that kit has been and you will not know what has happened to it when in the garage.
This is a reminder to all drivers of company vehicles that the PPE kit should be stored safely away in the vehicle should you be on a RDO or taken with you in your hire vehicle as you may need it during the day and if left in permanent vehicle then you could have an issue completing work through the day.
This PPE kit is under a managed supply and requires to be treated very carefully to ensure no accidental damage to any kit that may pull on other stock supplies to replace poorly held kit in a vehicle

Access to PPE

CWU representatives at all levels have worked tirelessly in making sure our members have access to PPE in the workplace and that social distancing measures are in place. This has been against a background of employers and managers not always acting as quickly as they should have and in some cases failing to prioritise the health and safety of our members. To this end, we want to thank again our local representatives and branches, who in very difficult circumstances have been outstanding in dealing with our members’ concerns.

To further support the members and the work our representatives have been doing, we have now developed a simple webpage where members can log their PPE/social distancing issues. From there, we will send the queries to branches locally to be picked up. This work will be supplemented as necessary through the union’s structures.

This web page is another advancement of our digital support for members and will operate for all CWU constituencies and every company we have members in. It will ensure the whole union is as visible as possible to our members in systematically logging and tackling these difficult issues during the Coronavirus pandemic. We want to reassure all representatives that this approach is designed to support and not replace the great work that is already taking place.
The web page can be seen here www.cwu.org/ppe