Health and Safety

Health and Safety at work can be vastly underestimated on how much an impact it can have on your daily work life. The ISU have dedicated Health and Safety representatives to keep up to date with the latest changes in legislation, terms and conditions and forms that should be filled in when it comes to reporting hazards and incidents.

Our members work in diverse and sometimes dangerous areas.  From controlling violent detainees to dealing with passengers exposed to communicable diseases. Our members work in environments that vary from Cutters operating offshore to beneath the English Channel controlling Eurostar or Shuttle services.  This leaves our members exposed to health and safety risks.  Furthermore the Department’s consistent prioritisation of queue busting over staff welfare means that members are continually asked to deliver more with fewer staff or breaks.

The following can all constitute Health and Safety incidents:

  • Slips, trips and falls, caused by hazards or improper PPE
  • Verbal or physical assault
  • Exposure to hazardous material, chemicals, fumes or diseases
  • Muscular or Skeletal injury caused by improper working conditions or deployment models