Government Departments: Industrial Health and Safety

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office written question – answered on 22nd September 2020.

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Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether a health and safety committee will be formed for any building shared by two or more Departments, where a request has been made under Regulation 9 of the Safety Representatives and Safety Committees Regulations 1977 by two safety representatives.

Photo of Julia Lopez Julia Lopez Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office), The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

Government Departments are committed to meeting their obligations under legislation, and work together to put appropriate arrangements in place where buildings are shared.

Where multiple departments occupy a building, arrangements can be managed at the appropriate Building Committee or User Group, which can include attendance of Trade Unions. Issues identified in these fora are then escalated as appropriate to each department’s own Health & Safety Committee.

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