There have been a number of studies into worker involvement. Both quantitative and qualitative research points in the same direction: involving workers in health and safety leads to healthier and safer workplaces and produces a range of benefits for workers and managers.
HSE has funded a number of research projects within the Olympic Delivery Authority's Learning Legacy programme. One report explores how leadership and worker involvement contributed to the low rates of accidents across the Park.
RoSPA report - Worker involvement in health and safety: what works?
This report presents the findings from open and honest discussion with a diverse range of businesses as well as detailed case studies. It offers the HSE valuable material to promote the benefits of worker involvement, which – as can be inferred from these stories – go much wider than health and safety.
Worker involvement in health and safety: what works?
- RR580 - Using Soft People Skills to Improve Worker Involvement in Health and Safety
- RR581 - HSE Better Backs 2006: Worker Involvement Evaluation Research with Unite Amicus Safety Representatives
- RR516 - An investigation of approaches to worker engagement
- HSL/2005/41 - Workforce Participation in Occupational Health & Safety Management in non-unionised Workplaces
- HSL/2005/52 - Workforce Participation in Occupational Health & Safety Management at FMC Technologies Ltd, Dunfermline
- RR363 - The role and effectiveness of safety representatives in influencing workplace health and safety
- RR296 - Obstacles preventing employee involvement in health and safety
- WPS/00/03 - Employee involvement in health and safety: Some examples of good practice
- HSL/2005/09 - Workforce participation in the management of occupational health and safety
- CRR 2001/321 - The impact of trade union education and training in health and safety on the workplace activity of health and safety representatives
- HuSU/2014/17 - An exploration of the current effectiveness of worker engagement practices in the quarry industry
HSE Safe and sound at work – do your bit initiative
HSE, in association with a third party training provider, Premier Partnership, delivered two subsidised training courses as part of the "Safe and Sound at work – do your bit" initiative.
The original objectives for the training, which ran from April 2010 to March 2011, were to:
- deliver Worker Involvement training to 2400 Representatives of Employee Safety (RoES) working in small to medium sized, non-unionised GB workplaces in the construction, manufacturing, motor vehicle repair and transport sectors across GB ; and,
- deliver facilitated joint safety representative and first line manager workshops in 80 organisations across a variety of sectors in both unionised and non-unionised GB workplaces.
We are pleased to say the objectives were exceeded with over 2400 RoES taking part from over 800 non-unionised workplaces in the target sectors identified.
The joint training of safety representatives and their first line managers workshops trained both these groups together to help secure a more collaborative approach to health and safety. The initial target of delivery to a minimum of 80 organisations was exceeded. 206 workshops were delivered to 120 organisations. Single day workshops were the most popular, especially when framed around a specific risk or topic.
A full independent evaluation of the impact of the courses is available.
Visit the HSE 'do your bit' website for more information on the initiative. (links to the National Archives)
The Workers' Safety Adviser Challenge Fund
The Workers' Safety Adviser (WSA) Challenge Fund was launched on 26 March 2004 and closed in March 2007. The aim of the fund was to inspire organisations to collaborate on projects that encourage and promote employees and their employers to work together to drive improvements in managing health and safety. The scheme focuses on small businesses and organizations that lack such arrangements.
WSA Pilot Report
- The Worker Safety Advisers (WSA) pilot (RR144)
This evaluation report shows the effectiveness of WSAs in increasing worker involvement and consultation and describes their role and activities.
- Workers' Safety Adviser (WSA) Challenge Fund evaluation report
This report presents the findings from round 1 and round 2 evaluation of the WSA Challenge Fund.
- HSC Paper HSC/06/88 (From The National Archive)
The paper provides an overview of the key findings from the Fund's evaluation. The HSC decided to discontinue the fund after March 2007. The HSC November 2006 minutes (From The National Archive) record the discussion and conclusion of the decision.
The Noise and Vibration Worker Involvement Project
HSC Paper MISC/08/05 - Report on the Noise and Vibration Worker Involvement Project (From The National Archive).