It is quite common to have some parts of a business where employees are members of recognised trade unions and others where they are not. In this case, you may have to consult both:
- health and safety representatives appointed by recognised trade unions under the Safety Representatives and Safety Committees Regulations 1977.
- the remainder of your workforce, either directly where practical, or through elected health and safety representatives under the Health and Safety (Consultation with Employees) Regulations 1996.
- Joint involvement - safety committees & inspections - joint involvement leads to joint problem solving...
Case study: UCATT
The Union of Construction Allied Trades and Technicians (UCATT) has a long-standing policy of partnership and co-operation between employers and employees on health and safety matters. Although the Union firmly believes in the value of health and safety committees, it warns that many organisation jump too quickly when putting together such committees without appropriate preparation...