BNFL improves safety by working with unions

first_img Comments are closed. British Nuclear Fuels has dramatically improved the safety record atSpringfields nuclear plant through fostering a close working relationshipbetween management, staff and the union. A partnership agreement with the AEEU at the site has reduced the number ofserious staff accidents from 56 in 1990 to zero, Andrew Donovan, head of HREuropean Fuel Business of BNF told the IPA Partnership & Performanceconference last week. Donovan claimed that the more open working environment that HR has developedhas also seen staff grievances reduced from 20 a year to zero. This has been achieved despite the prospect of job losses at the Lancashireplant in the future, as the BNF tries to increase its competitiveness. He said, “We’ve gone through huge change and we’ve taken the tradeunions and the workforce with us. Our next challenge is to manage job lossesand keep the right people here.” The partnership agreement included training and “getting to knowyou” sessions between management and union reps, and led to joint workingon shared issues like safety and training. Closer working meant that the site was able to develop a new policy of staffownership of safety across the site,” said Donovan. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article BNFL improves safety by working with unionsOn 16 Oct 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img