- Use our chart to confirm which regulations apply to your workplace - in some cases both could apply.
- Ensure you and your representatives have enough time, resources, and facilities to consult and involve your employees.
- If you recognise a trade union, identify who the appointed health and safety representatives are and tell your employees
- If you have employees who are not represented by trade union appointed representatives:
- decide whether you will consult your workforce directly as individuals if practical, or through elected representatives
- arrange to hold elections if consulting through representatives.
- make arrangements for training your representatives.
If you have both trade union appointed representatives and representatives elected by your workforce, refer to both 3 and 4 above.
- Be clear on what you have to consult your workforce about.
- Arrange to consult your workforce in good time so that you can consider their input before you make a decision.
- Consider the most appropriate methods to consult your workforce - this could be a joint forum involving trade union appointed health and safety representatives and employee elected representatives if both sets of regulations apply in your workplace.
- Agree how you will respond to your employees or their representatives.
- Prepare material for consultations, for example, meeting agendas or intranet pages.
- Arrange processes to handle disagreements that could arise between you and employees or their representatives.
If you have both union-appointed and workforce-elected representatives, follow all the above.