Our Ref: HSR/2/1
Head Office Circular: NP/321/13
18th November 2013

The Secretary

Dear Colleague


Further to Head Office Circular NP/169/13, 4th July 2013 I am writing to update on progress on this matter. The General Grades Committee have noted and adopted the following report of their Health and Safety Sub-committee following a response from the company to our previous Decision:

We note the correspondence on file from the ORR – on consideration the issues raised are not relevant to this file. We further note with concern, the company’s letter dated 3rd October 2013 and their proposal not to mandate the use of ‘rearguard’ but to apply a process of risk assessment.  The General Secretary is instructed to enter discussions with the company on the criteria to be applied and to     reach agreement with the company on what these criteria are. Once agreed the use of the equipment is to be mandated when the criteria are met. Reports on these discussions to be placed back in front of this General Grades Committee.

Branches and Regional Councils to be informed.

I am acting in accordance with these instructions and will keep you informed of developments with this case.

Please bring the contents of this circular to the attention of relevant members.

Yours sincerely

Bob Crow
General Secretary