Health and safety update 6th June 2019

Early Intervention Vehicle (EIV): Crews have raised concerns about the specification of their vehicle, including lack of space to store equipment and the heat in the crew cab. This matter is being addressed by an EIV meeting in June and involvement of EIV crews in the design of the next generation EIV vehicle to ensure […]

Health and Safety Postbag May 2019

When ambulances are being deep cleaned or maintained, the staff carrying out those tasks should not be exposed to “hidden hazards” which are not immediately visible. The spaces beneath the stretcher mounts and behind the fold-out steps are common areas where clinical matter or sharps migrate out of sight and present unexpected risks to the […]

Ambulance crews water safety

There have been many occasions when tea room chatter has centred around the risks associated with patients that are located near water or onboard vessels. This led to concerns that when crews arrived at waterside locations, they did not have the appropriate level of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as life jackets to protect them if they inadvertently fell into the water.

Next generation Ambulance update

Despite horrendous weather predictions, members of the Vehicle Development team were able to visit the WAS Specialist Vehicle factory with regard to our next generation ambulance.

Mind your head

As part of the ongoing review into the uniform currently being worn by employees in our service, members of a small working party met at RAF Wattisham on 27 February 2019. The purpose of the visit was to observe crews of the Suffolk Fire & Rescue Service as they underwent practical refresher training in the extrication of persons from road traffic incidents.

H&S Post bag March

The ambulance service is experiencing a constantly high level of calls via the 999 system on a daily basis (except it would seem on the days of action by the Junior Doctors) and we only have a finite number of crews and vehicles.

Ambulance seatbelts

It has been noted and commented on that a certain level of doubt exists regarding what is Fact and what is Fiction with regard to the safe conveyance of persons on our ambulances.

Ambulance design update

Unison Health & Safety has been working closely with the Trust for over two years on the design and development of our next generation front line ambulance. During this time, four concept ambulances were produced and members of staff were afforded the opportunity to become further engaged by road testing the ambulances

Ambulances, Assaults, Clinicians and Cameras

Over the past four years there has been a noticeable increase in the unwarranted assaults on emergency workers and in particular, ambulance crews.

End of year Health and Safety report 2018

Memories of the extended summer have rapidly faded as the Scandinavian winds start chilling the landscape causing motorists to reassess their vehicle anti-freeze and load the car boot with blankets and shovels, pre-empting the issues of deep snow and gridlocked highways. It also serves as a timely reminder to look back over the past twelve months to see how we have progressed in the world of health, safety and welfare.
After several months of design and development, four different conceptual ambulances were produced each with a different patient saloon area configuration and with different stretchers & carry chairs for staff to