Land-based Health and Safety Skills Development...

Follow the steps the TGWU farmworkers have taken with the UKs Health &Safety Executive to develop H&S skills for all people on farms and other land-based work.

Step 1

Recognise: There is a major learning skills agenda which could be mobilised to improve health and safety in land based industry.

Step 2

Look: Health and Safety skills have developed from legal requirements.

Step 3

Work out: How these skills can be applied to land-based industries at all three levels.

The TGWU Farmworkers' Health and Safety committee (RAAW) endorsed the strategic agreement complete with Annex 1 that outlined the H&Sfunctions at each level. The agreement was launched at an Agricultural H&SSummit in January 2004:

The core and agricultural competencies required are:
Level 4 (Managers),
Level 3
(skilled workers) and
Level 2 - for all workers

Step 4

Join Up: These Health & Safety respond to the Curry Report (pdf) which mentions the appalling death rate in farming (p48)
This is how Health & Safety is part of sustainable development
But the Greek Presidency of EUdidnt agree and bumped it out.

Step 5

The strategic agreement has now been passed to a consortium of Awarding Bodies who will put these competencies into awards under the guidance of the QCA ready to make qualifications.

Two Awarding Bodies - LANTRAAwards and NPTC,both offer the suite of qualifications.

It is interesting to compare the final Learning Outcomes in the qualifications and those spelt out in the Strategic Agreement Annex 1. Can you see how each match up - especially the Level 4?

2005

We open up a new site to deal with these developments in Health and Safety Practices

QCAaccredits level 3 &Level 2 H&Squalifications for ag/hort

2007

QCA accredits management level 4 H&S qualification for agriculture and horticulture - whole suite now accredited

The final stage in the process is that terms were negotiated in the latest legal Wages Boards settlement. The H&S certificates of competence can help agricultural workers UP GRADE - see AWO 2012 p51.

2008

Presentation of awards to first students completing the AG/Hort H&Squalifications at HSEstand, Royal Show July 3. YEAHH!!

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