Agenda and draft minutes

Ad-Hoc Scrutiny Panel - Tuesday 3rd November, 2020 4.00 pm

Venue: Virtual

Contact: Scott Bonner/ Chris Lunn 

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Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest.


There were no declarations of interest received at this point in the meeting.


Minutes- Ad Hoc Scrutiny Panel - 10 October 2018 pdf icon PDF 119 KB


The minutes of the Ad Hoc Scrutiny Panel meeting held on 10 October 2018 were submitted and approved as a correct record.



Introduction - Middlesbrough Council's Health and Safety Provision pdf icon PDF 327 KB

Officers responsible for Health and Safety provision at the Council will be in attendance to provide Members with a general overview of how Health and Safety is delivered.

A presentation covering the following topics will be delivered:

- Health and Safety management system;
- Building Manager arrangements; and
- How this links to capital investment in buildings.


The Council's Health and Safety Manager, Head of Strategy, Information and Governance, Director of Legal and Governance Services and Operational Manager (Built Asset) were in attendance at the meeting to provide Members with a general overview of how Health and Safety was delivered.


The Health and Safety Manager provided information regarding the Council's Health and Safety Management System (HSMS) via a presentation to the panel, which covered the following topics:


    Aims and Objectives of the presentation;

    Introduction (including details of the Health and Safety Manager's role, tasks undertaken since October 2017, and progress achieved to date);

    HSG 65 (managing for Health and Safety, which encompassed the 'Plan, Do, Check, Act' approach);

    Premises Health and Safety Plans;

    Fire Risk Assessments;

    Service Area Health and Safety Plans;

    Auditing Procedure; and

    Digitalisation of the HSMS.



Following the presentation, Members were afforded the opportunity to ask questions of the invited officers. The following issues were raised:



    A Member commended the officers for the work undertaken in preparing a comprehensive Health and Safety plan, and felt that once it had been digitalised it would be both easier to access and help to improve traceability.



    A Member made reference to the Transporter Bridge. It was queried whether the current closure was due to a Health and Safety issue, and whether or not it would be repaired. In response, the Health and Safety Manager advised that following concerns being raised by Trade Union representatives, an inspection had been carried out and a report produced. As a consequence of the respective report, precautionary measures were taken to close the bridge; an update from the Council's Environment and Commercial Services directorate would be provided in due course. The Director of Legal and Governance Services explained that, in response to the Transport Bridge report, advice had been sought from an external consultant regarding required remedial works to the Bridge. The outcome of this would be reported to the Executive on 24 November 2020. On a separate note, it was explained that the report had also identified some governance issues; it was proposed that these would be referred to the Corporate Affairs and Audit Committee in December, with appropriate follow-up action then being undertaken.



    A Member referred to Middlesbrough House and the Civic Centre and advised that some concerns had been raised. It was queried what risk assessment activity had been undertaken in relation to these buildings, and what issues had been identified. In response, the Operational Manager (Built Asset) indicated that he was not aware of any concerns being raised with Middlesbrough House; however, if any issues were presented, they would be investigated and addressed as required. Regarding the Civic Centre, the age of the building was acknowledged, and explained that plans relating to this were currently under review. The panel was appraised of the work undertaken from a Corporate Landlord's perspective, which included every building being subjected to a condition survey on a five-year cycle to identify any potential condition items. In addition, an annual planned preventative maintenance programme  ...  view the full minutes text for item 20/3


Any other urgent items which in the opinion of the Chair, may be considered.