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7: worker involvement

Safety rep toolkit: 7
Worker involvement

Fully involving safety reps can help reduce accidents and ill health by as much as 50%

hard hat and clipboardProspect's role

As employees we are well placed to spot the problems at work that might affect our health and safety. When it comes to hazards in the workplace, we are the ones facing them. So when decisions are being made about our health and safety, we clearly need to be involved. Fully involving safety reps can help reduce accidents and ill health by as much as 50%! This is known as the Union Effect.

Employers' role

The law requires employers to consult their staff on health and safety at work. In workplaces where Prospect is a recognised trade union, the employer must consult Prospect H&S reps on health and safety matters affecting the employees they represent. HSE worker involvement web pages explain these duties in full and set out the business benefits of worker involvement.

Prospect works with many enlightened employers who recognise the value of H&S reps and support and encourage them.

Case studies:

  • National Grid holds an annual safety rep conference
  • E.On is mapping its safety rep network and level of support in a joint project with unions
  • Magnox has a policy to ensure safety rep support happens in practice
  • Some companies have agreed Safety Rep Charters
  • HSE case studies including Babcock Marine at Devonport.

Safety rep tool

You can use HSE's worker involvement checklist to see how well your employer is involving you.

Further information

Feedback

We are interested in your views and welcome suggestions on how these webpages could be improved or your ideas for new content you would like to see. Please email us at: SafetyReps@prospect.org.uk