Police Federation app receives a Health and Safety update

09 February 2016

PFEW Health and Safety App

A new health and safety update has been added to the PFEW app offering police officers guidance on PPE, working hours, wellbeing and stress, and includes the ability to report near misses.

The update provides remote access to advice on areas such as completing risk assessments, safe workplace environments and dealing with biohazards. The app offers additional information  that can be found on the PFEW website and the Health and Safety Executive website, including access to frequently-used forms.

Within the app is an added feature for reporting near misses which will enable officers to record information in real time, wherever they are. Once a report is logged on the app, details will be passed to the local H&S lead, JBB secretary and the forces’ H&S lead depending on local agreement. Please note: the app is not intended to replace the reporting systems already in place in forces, but to compliment it.

Jason Kwee, Chairman of the Health and Safety Sub-Committee, said: “Experience has shown that officers have conflicting demands at the end of their shift and don’t always remember to complete the near miss reports. They are likely to remember to report their near misses when they are away from the station. The longer they leave it, the more likely it will be forgotten and missed. If it’s impractical to report it through the usual system, the app will allow you to inform us of the issues you face, including hazards and opportunities for improvement and avoid losing such valuable information."

PFEW aims to build an accurate picture of the risks that are affecting our members by encouraging the reporting of near misses. The aim is to look at ways in which we can work with health and safety representatives/leads and forces to improve the day-to-day safety of our police officers.