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Prison Service: Safety

Volume 475: debated on Friday 16 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps the Government are taking to ensure the safety of prison staff. (205533)

HM Prison Service has an overarching health and safety policy statement, signed by Phil Wheatley, Deputy General of the National Offender Management Service, with other topic specific policy/guidance (e.g. risk assessment, moving and handling) issued in support of this. Each prison governor is responsible for ensuring a system is in place within their prison for effectively managing health and safety, which includes a comprehensive health and safety policy, which complies with the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act etc. 1974 to ensure the health and safety of staff and others who may be affected by the Service's activities.

Health and safety is a management activity undertaken by all staff. The same health and safety policy and guidance applies to the private sector prisons.