My first few weeks

July the 6th, my first day in my new role as Health, Safety and Wellbeing Trainee officer. But not your usual first day, I met a member of the health and safety team outside the office to collect a box of computer goods including a laptop, keyboard, mouse and extra screen as well as an office chair. I went back home and then set up everything in my new office … Upstairs!

I’ve been working from home since the beginning and I’ve been involved in many meetings on Microsoft Teams including some important ones about our PPE situation and also the Cynllun Yfory’s monthly meetings. It has been difficult to get to know my colleagues and other council members over ‘Teams’. Nevertheless everyone has been incredibly welcoming and has helped me in every way possible.

In the first three weeks I found it hard to do much because I didn’t know much about health and safety and because I’m a person who likes to keep busy this was a little frustrating. But as time went on I was able to learn new things from members of the health and safety team, such as how to upload data on the council’s database, how to input accident forms and also how to carry out a DSE assessment.

I’ve now been out to Libraries for assessment so they can reopen after COVID-19 and have been around highway depots with an environmental assessor also. As well as this I’ve now started my NEBOSH certificate qualification so I’m starting to understand and learn more about health and safety and I look forward to being able to do more tasks now because of the qualification.

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