Consulting with representatives

You can still use some of the same methods to consult representatives that you would use to consult individuals, for example one-to-one meetings with the relevant representative, if appropriate. It is best to consult representatives through a proper forum. You can do this in a number of ways:

For more information about joint consultative committees and works councils visit the Acas website or see their advisory booklet Employee Communications and Consultation.

Investigation and inspection

Health and safety representatives appointed by trade unions have prescribed functions, which you can involve them in including:

It is good practice to involve workforce-elected representatives in joint investigations and inspections too.

Case study: BAE systems aerostructures

BAE Systems management worked closely with trade union AMICUS and representatives to develop effective working relationship that allows the business to create a safe and healthy working environment for employees that reaches beyond the standards required by legislation...