Ministry of Defence Guard Service: Conditions of Employment

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 19th November 2021.

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Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2021 to Question 44293 on Ministry of Defence Guard Service: Conditions of Employment, what assessment he has made of the merits of specifically assessing the potential effect of the introduction of Operational MGS Employment Contracts for civilian guards at UK military bases on levels of staff fatigue.

Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2021 to Question 44293 on Ministry of Defence Guard Service: Conditions of Employment, whether a Health and Safety Executive Fatigue Risk Management system was established before the introduction of Operational MGS Employment Contracts.

Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2021 to Question 44294 on Ministry of Defence Guard Service: Conditions of Employment, what account the assessment took of the effect of fatigue on (a) concentration and (b) vigilance levels of MGS staff.

Photo of Leo Docherty Leo Docherty Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)

The effect of fatigue on the Operational MGS Employment Contract (OMEC) personnel has been considered. Current assessments of rostered working patterns for all MGS personnel against UK Working Time Regulations are considered effective to keep employees safe in the workplace.

Fatigue-related risks and issues associated with the introduction of OMEC are managed by the existing MOD Guard Service risk management process. No new Health and Safety Executive fatigue risk management system was established before the introduction of OMEC.

All aspects of employee wellbeing, including fatigue management, are routinely considered in accordance with MOD Civilian Policy, Rules and Guidance.

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