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Risk assessments for Grounds Maintenance and Street Cleansing operations
- SCOT0027/071215

A member authority would like to find out how risk assessments for Grounds Maintenance and Street Cleaning operations are cascaded / communicated to employees / reviewed in other authorities.
e.g.  intranet access at depots , information on portable electronic devices, hard copies stored in depots and squad vehicles / do employees sign to say risk assessments have been read and understood via toolbox talks etc
Any information you could provide would be appreciated.

Productivity rates for schools, pre-five centres, adult training centres and offices
- SCOT0026/16112015

This local authority would like to know what productivity rates do other authorities work to for the following categories:

  • Primary Schools
  • Secondary Schools
  • Pre Five Centres
  • Adult Training Centres (Special needs)
  • Offices

Holiday Allocation for Waste Operatives in Collection
- SCOT0025/201015

A member authority is currently reviewing how holidays are allocated to waste operatives in Collection and would be interested to hear details regarding:-

  • The process you apply daily, weekly and on a seasonal basis.
  • % of HGV drivers and loaders allocated holidays on each of the above.
  • Temp recruitment periods (start and finish) and whether temp employees or agency staff are recruited 
  • Whether you apply a % of holidays that have to be used by certain periods of the year
  • Allocation/sign off process of holidays at short notice
  • Whether holidays be carried over or drawn forward
  • % of employees you assume as sick on any given day 
  • Whether you have a rolling rota for holidays in and around the Festive period and whether you approve same % holidays at this time.

Duty of Care Waste Transfer Notes
- SCOT0024/240815

This authority would like to ask other Scottish local authorities:

  • to share their Duty of Care Waste Transfer Notes, and would also like to know 
  • is there is a ranking showing Scottish local authorities performance in this regard?

 If you could either send your notes as an e-mail attachment or paste them into the body of an e-mail, this would be greatly appreciated.

Food Waste Collection Costs
- SCOT0023/260315

This local authority would be grateful if colleagues could provide any summary cost information with regards to Food Waste Collections?  Specifically, they would be interested in receiving any information which could be provided on the following:-

  • Number of properties your food waste service is delivered to?
  • What kind of service do you deliver?
  • What are your overall costs (including vehicles, staffing and fuel etc)?


Scottish Janitorial Service Model Information
- SCOT0022/180315

This local authority would like to ask others in Scotland to complete the attached form on Janitorial Service Models, as they would like to know about:

  • Establishment details (e.g. Number of Janitors per Schools; Contractual Hours, Shift Patterns)
  • Models (e.g. Have you reviewed the Janitorial Service in the last 6 years? If yes, detail changes)

Seatbelts/harnesses for Fork Lift Trucks and similar equipment and stores
- SCOT0021/110215

This APSE member is asking for responses from other members regarding:

  • This authority uses various different Fork Lift Trucks and similar equipment in their stores environments and is looking to see if other members who have similar equipment enforce the wearing of restraints i.e. seatbelts/harnesses etc.?
  • HSE and PUWER98 stipulate that restraints must be worn but certain industry providers of this equipment say they don’t. How do you manage this situation?

Promoting excellence in public services

APSE (Association for Public Service Excellence) is a not for profit unincorporated association working with over 300 councils throughout the UK. Promoting excellence in public services, APSE is the foremost specialist in local authority frontline services, hosting a network for frontline service providers in areas such as waste and refuse collection, parks and environmental services, cemeteries and crematorium, environmental health, leisure, school meals, cleaning, housing and building maintenance.






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