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T.Stubbs
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2011 3:28 pm Reply with quote Back to top
Good afternoon

As the secretary for SOHSA I am looking at possible topics for future meetings and would like members opinion as to whether they feel it would be relevant to get someone to talk to us to clarify the situation around the asking of health questions at interviews and pre-employment health screening following the introduction of the Equality Act 2010.

Please could you post your replies and if enough interest I will pursue this (maybe as a second speaker).

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M.Wait
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2011 4:39 pm Reply with quote Back to top
Hi Tracey

I think this would be a very good topic. Under the new act you cannot discriminate, however what would happen if you have a partially sighted guy apply for a driving job. What do you do in the case of people with HAVS stage 2 or 3. These people may be unfit to do the job that they are applying for and you could effectively be putting them at further risk by allowing them to carry out that job. Is it not therefore better to understand these issues before you employ.

What we need to probably do is get a number of scenarios together to ask a specialist and get their opinion

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T.Stubbs
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2011 4:43 pm Reply with quote Back to top
I know there are specific questions that can be asked, and you can ask certain questions if job related, eg. back problems for a warehouse operative but again it is always good to hear it from the experts and to gain full information in a simple and easy to understand way - the scenarios sound a really good idea.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2011 4:49 pm Reply with quote Back to top
Tracey, great idea and I would agree.

We have, as I am sure many others do, certain activities that may not be suitable for some individuals to carry out - it would be very useful to have a speaker who can clarify the law surrounding these changes.

We don't want to fall into the same trap as those who fall for the myths and headlines about health and safety - i.e. banned ladders, conkers-bonkers, school trips, street parties, etc etc etc.

Rather than making assumptions, lets get someone in and communicate the facts.

All the Best,

Phil
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C.Jerman
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 24, 2011 9:49 am Reply with quote Back to top
Once again a subject to hear from an expert. Just what ARE the myths surrounding this. We select on paper then make the off THEN we interview!! We had someone get a job in store protection who couldn't stand for more than an hour a day and then couldn't revoke his contract!

I suspect that this equates to 'ladders are illegal' and ' hanging baskets have been banned' etc in the safety World.

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