Workplaces with safety representatives and safety committees have significantly better accident records than those with no consultation mechanism, recording up to 50% fewer injuries. However, the majority of the workforce are not members of a trade union or employed in workplaces where unions are recognised. In this context, it is important to consider the most appropriate way in which effective representation can be developed in small firms and those workplaces with no union recognition agreements. One possible option to achieve this is through the work of independent, roving health and safety advisors, or Workers Safety Advisers (WSA). The purpose of this WSA pilot is to evaluate the effectiveness of a voluntary workers' safety advisors scheme by setting up and running pilots in a variety of employment sectors.
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