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GMB have raised the issues relating to heat and asked whether a risk assessment has been carried out. DCC then completed one however we do not believe it to be sufficient and have raised to the head of HR.

The RA (Risk Assessment) states that you can refill water bottles with permission of service users. Again we don’t believe that to be adequate.

DCC should be ensuring you have access to water and regular comfort breaks. If you have any other conditions you must let DCC know to ensure reasonable adjustments can be made for you.

If you do not have adequate breaks in between duties please continue to raise this with your managers and with us and we’ll continue to raise this.

DCC should not be putting you at any risk of overheating, dehydration or exhaustion and all possible measures should be put in place.

Your reps are Susan Marnie and Sheila Petrie and they will help to support you should you have any questions.

Helen Meldrum
GMB Scotland Organiser



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Posted: 2nd August 2019

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