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Union-appointed representatives

The role of the health and safety representative is independent of management. Representatives are there to represent the interests and concerns of their co-workers and respond on their behalf. They provide valuable insight, skills and resources that help employers and their co-workers.

The law sets out what functions representatives have. All representatives, either appointed by trade unions or elected by employees can:

Functions of union-appointed health and safety representatives

The law makes it clear that they can: