Health, Safety and Well-being

The Health Safety and Wellbeing Section is responsible for providing specialist information, guidance, advice and training on health, safety and well being matters to the service in compliance with the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and subsequent legislation and guidance. 

The team also anticipates, explores and identifies the legal requirements arising from new and amended legislation in order to ensure compliance within the Service.

The section manages the fitness testing for operational staff and provides advice and guidance on fitness development. It is also responsible for the Service Insurances.

The team works with an external provider to deliver the Occupational Health Provision.

Occupational Health Advice

The Occupational Health Unit is responsible for advising Service Management on the occupational health and fitness of all employees, and organising and monitoring health surveillance programmes where appropriate.

The Occupational Health Unit is also responsible for advising management on sickness absences and ill-health retirements on a periodic basis.

Service Health Policy

Cheshire Fire Authority recognises its duty of care under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and its associated Regulations for the health, safety and well-being of its employees and will take effective steps to ensure that this is achieved, so far as is reasonably practicable. In discharging these responsibilities it will also take into account its parallel obligations for the health, safety and welfare of any visitors, contractors or members of the public who might be affected by its undertaking.

We believe that protecting our workforce and the public is a vital part of our business and we are committed to continuous improvement to achieve the highest levels of performance.

Our aims and objectives are to:

  • Comply with all legislation and associated codes of practice and, where possible, improve on their requirements

  • Ensure that there are arrangements put into place for the effective planning, development and review of this policy

  • Ensure that appropriate systems are in place to effectively implement the Policy, resulting in efficient management of the organisational exposure to risk

  • Ensure that appropriate systems are developed and maintained for the effective communication of risk management and health, safety and welfare matters throughout the organisation

  • Provide the necessary information, instruction and training to ensure compliance with respect to health and safety legislation

  • Devote the necessary resources in the form of finance, equipment, personnel and time to ensure compliance with the Policy

  • Ensure risk management and health, safety and welfare is fully integrated into the management and decision-making process

  • Ensure all accidents and near misses are fully investigated and that appropriate action is taken to reduce the likelihood of their occurrence

We will demonstrate our commitment by:

  • Publishing our key objectives, measuring and reporting our performance against our plans

  • Involving and consulting our staff and their representatives

  • Co-operating with enforcement agencies and working with industry and external bodies where appropriate to improve risk management and health, safety and welfare practice and performance

  • Taking seriously our approach to safety management and performance both at the organisational and individual level

  • Monitoring and reviewing this policy on a regular basis and amending where necessary to comply with current organisational and legal requirements