Employers must consult employees on health and safety issues. Consultation must be either direct or through a safety representative that is either elected by the workforce or appointed by a trade union. Health and safety representatives have functions given by law.
HSE places great importance on worker involvement and consultation, which has proved to be a key factor to improving health and safety in the workplace.
For more information on worker involvement including video case studies see our 'do your bit' pages.
Trade Union Safety Representatives can contact the Health and Safety Executive about something that has either caused, or has the potential to cause significant harm.