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West Midlands Police Federation

West Midlands Police Federation contact details

Health & Safety

Policy statement

Police officers do a risky and dangerous job. It is vital that forces recognises the challenging nature of operational policing and the hazardous environments in which officers are required to work.

Effective health and safety risk management must be integral to the culture of the police service so that the right balance is achieved between operational policing and health and safety duties.

Sound health and safety arrangements must be fully integrated into operational policing in order to reduce risks wherever possible.


Police officers inevitably face significant and serious dangers in the course of their work and health and safety legislation exists to provide protections for officers wherever possible. Health and safety law does not prevent police officers from delivering an effective emergency service.

The Police (Health & Safety) Act 1997 made police officers employees for the purposes of health and safety legislation. The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (HSWA) and the regulations made under it apply to all work activities. A breach of any of these duties is a criminal act.

PFEW believes that there is no legal reason for the police service to be treated differently from any other service or organisation. Section 2(1) of the 1974 Health and Safety Act states that it is the central duty of the employer to ensure so far as is reasonably practicable the health, safety and welfare of all employees. The qualification “so far as is reasonably practicable” means that there should be no conflict between effective policing and compliance with health and safety legislation.

Suitable and sufficient risk assessments should ensure that, whilst dangerous activities may need to be undertaken, the risk involved should be reduced to as low as is reasonably practicable.

Proper observance of health, safety and welfare must go hand in hand with the provision of effective policing. In the hazardous police environment, the legislation strives to create work surroundings, which are free, as far as is reasonably practicable, from risk, so that officers’ working conditions are as safe as possible.

Your Health & Safety Representatives (correct as Jan 20)


 West Midlands Police Health, Safety & Welfare Committee  

 Committee Member  Location  Department & Subject Covered Phone Number Email
 Chair - Giles Dean


 Full time, Sandwell NPU &
 Assault Group

07976 068 818  email
 Secretary - Deano Walker

 Brierley Hill
 Police Station

 Dudley NPU,
 H&S Committee admin,
 Dog Section & Firearms, Vehicle
 User Group, CMPG, Force Traffic
07812 422 578 email

 Dep Chair - Wayne Bennet

 Learning & 

 Learning & Development &
 Walsall NPU

 07951 751 150 email
 Dep Secretary - Jason Sayers    Learning & 
 Coventry NPU 07772 529 130 email
 Lorayne Brown  Force Support
 New Town
 Operations 07792 772 481 email
 Lee Hayward  Force
 Response, WV NPU & Lead for
 Uniform & Equipment
07951 236 994 email
 Simon Wheeler  Birmingham
 West NPU
 Birmingham West NPU 07534 279 654 email
 Chris Smith  Dudley NPU  Force Investigation 07399 005 748 email


Other useful documents

A brief guide to COSHH

A Guide to Measuring Health & Safety Performance

Assault on Police Employees - 10 Point Plan

A Short Guide to Making your Premises Safe from Fire

A Strategy for Workplace Health & Safety

An Introduction to CHIP 4

Blood-borne Viruses in the Workplace

Body Armour Good Practice

Consulting Employees on Health & Safety

Crossing on High Speed Roads

CS Spray Generic COSHH Assessment

Driving at work

Drug Misuse at Work

Electricity Safety & You

Enforcement Policy Statement

Ergonomics at Work

Health & Safety at Work Act 1974

Health & Safety: Benchmarking

Health & Safety Regulation: A Short Guide

Health & Safety: Where we stand

Health Surveillance at Work

How Safe is your Workplace

HSE Checklists for Representative

Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit bi100a Form

Legionnaires Disease

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Questions & Answers

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: TRM

Preventing Slips and Trips at Work


Role Responsibility of a Health & Safety Leader

The Health & Safety of First Responders Major Incidents

The Role of the WMP Federation Health & Safety Committee

Using Work Equipment Safely

What to expect when a Health & Safety Inspector Calls

Work-related Deaths

Working Time Regulation Guide

Workplace Transport Safety