Health & Safety postbag January 2020

Health & Safety Post Bag – January 2020 The new Skoda Scout RRV’s should be rolling out by now and the specification includes several changes and improvements. The base vehicle comes with Lane Deviation Warning, Driver Fatigue Monitor and Auto-Braking as standard features. Behind the driver’s seat is dedicated cage for PPE and also an […]

New Fiat training survey

New Fiat Training Survey   The EEAST UNISON branch have produced a survey to capture information and confirm how the training for the use of the New Fiat Ambulances has been delivered.   Please go to the survey here. This survey will close on 14th Feb 2020.   Following the roll out of the new […]

H&S in Norfolk by H&S rep Mark Wibberley.

Health & Safety from Central Norfolk   It has been a busy year again in Central Norfolk with the introduction of new fleet, many new staff members and changes in uniform.  The list is long to say the least. New fleet meant new charging points i.e. trailing cables outside stations, a higher risk of trip […]

Fiat Ambulance Emergency Lights and Sirens

Fiat Ambulance Emergency Lights and Sirens Concerns have been raised about the visual and audible warnings that have been included in the specification for the new Fiat ambulance, in particular relating to the type of emergency blue lights and the siren which is manufactured by a different company to the one installed on the Mercedes […]

CCTV on Ambulances

Concerns have been raised that the safety cameras being installed on the ambulances will be recording all the time that the engine is switched. As far as I am aware the system will be working in the same manner as dash-cams which means that there will be a continual loop of what is being viewed. […]

East of England Ambulance Service newsletter

November 2019 Welcome to our new interim secretary Please join us in welcoming Jess Micallef as interim branch secretary. Bedfordshire lead rep Jess was elected to the vacant post at this month’s activist meeting and will take the helm until the AGM in March. Jess said: “It’s an honour to be elected to lead the […]

Fiat training and familiarising new work equipment.

Following the roll out and commencement of training on the new Fiat ambulances, Unison Health & Safety has received a high number of contacts raising concerns and issues relating to the variations in training which suggests a lack of consistency across the service. Before tackling the questions relating to the training it is most important […]

Deployment of Ambulances To Stand-by Locations

Deployment of Ambulances To Stand-by Locations As far as Unison Health & Safety is concerns there has been no consultation, engagement, conversations or agreements of late with regard to changing the existing agreements. Other than base stations and reporting posts the only two (2) alternative locations that ambulance crews can be assigned to provide stand–by […]

Fiat Emergency Ambulance Mandatory Training

Fiat Emergency Ambulance – Mandatory Training Unison Health & Safety has been contacted by a number of employees with concerns relating to the lack of consistency and variations in the training being provided on the new Fiat ambulances. Concerns that have been raised include a number of employees in some areas only receiving a total […]

Health & Safety Postbag September 2019

Health & Safety Postbag – September 2019 Concerns have been raised that high numbers of road staff are failing to complete the VDI checklists at the start of their shifts or at later stages of the shift when time allows. These checklists form the basis of vehicle audits and should be completed. If not completed […]