Changes to Manchester campus guarding – Your views please

UNITE Health & Safety reps have been informed by the company of an important change they propose to security provision on the Campus. The company’s note reads:

Additional efficiencies have been identified as a result of the new security arrangements for the Manchester Campus and therefore we propose to remove day time guarding at the Manchester Campus as currently this role is more aligned to the Facilities Management team than Security and the tasks being undertaken can be absorbed back into the FM function on site.

The Security guarding provision would remain during silent hours – 1800-0600 Monday to Friday and 24/7 at weekends.

Your comments/thoughts would be welcomed.

We have been asking the company for a risk assessment covering this change and its impact on Campus users, but the only document provided is clearly not the result of a risk assessment process. We have written to the company, asking for the change to be to put on hold until a proper risk assessment is carried out and discussed with us, but the change could nevertheless be imminent.
We need your feedback! If you have concerns about the proposed removal of daytime guarding, please let us know what they are. If the on-site security guard has been helpful to you in the past please use the same link to give us a short description of how.

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