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Health and safety representatives

If you are a health and safety representative, you will find useful information here to help you do your work, and materials that you can use in your workplace.

Health and safety representatives have functions given by law.

HSE supports the vital contribution health and safety representatives and trade unions make to maintaining and improving health and safety in the workplace. HSE has provided the TUC with the “Brown Book” (Safety Representatives and Safety Committees Regulations 1977, Approved Code of Practice and guidance) for training purposes.

HSE places great importance on worker involvement and consultation, which has proved to be key factor to improving health and safety in the workplace.

We have recently published a suite of new and revised guidance on worker involvement and consultation. A web-version of the good practice guidance “Involving your workforce in health and safety” with additional material is available on our Worker Involvement website.

Whatever type of health safety representative you are, you need information and materials to help you do your work. You can find helpful information in our good practice guidance on:

You can use these forms to record the results of your inspection.

A Word version of both these forms (F2534 and F2533) is also available.

Useful information

The TUC's website provides information on how to help develop practical proposals for improving health and safety organisation in the workplace [PDF 132KB] and how to prepare and carry out a workplace health and safety inspection [PDF 243KB]. You may also wish to find out more about the trade union effect.

Education employers and employees demonstrate that they recognise the contribution that partnerships make towards improving health and safety standards at work.

To find out more information about trade unions visit: