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Consulting workers on health and safety

Safety Representatives and Safety Committees Regulations 1977 (as amended) and Health and Safety (Consultation with Employees) Regulations 1996 (as amended). Approved Codes of Practice and guidance

Date of publication:
October 2014
ISBN:
9780717664610
Series code:
L146 (Second edition with amendments)

This book gives you the law and guidance on how to consult and involve your employees and their representatives on health and safety matters at work under the Safety Representatives and Safety Committees Regulations 1977 (as amended) and the Health and Safety (Consultation with Employees) Regulations 1996 (as amended). It explains the relationship between the two sets of regulations and how they affect you and your workforce; in some workplaces you may have to consult under both sets of regulations.

It should apply to the majority of workplaces. However, the Offshore Installations (Safety Representatives and Safety Committees) Regulations 1989 apply to offshore workplaces. There are also specific requirements to consult your employees or their health and safety representatives in other health and safety legislation which applies to specific industries. Extensive details of further sources of information and industry-specific advice are provided.

It will be of help to employers, trade unions, appointed health and safety representatives, representatives of employee safety, and members of health and safety committees. This second edition, originally published in 2012, has been subject to some minor amendments and corrections to reflect changes to linked HSE guidance and revisions/revocations to other, related pieces of legislation. The guidance remains substantially the same.

Please note that paragraphs 67-69 were incorrectly described as ACOP in the second edition with amendments, published in October 2014. The PDF currently online was amended accordingly on 27 February 2015.

Review of ACOPs

HSE consulted on proposals to review its Approved Codes of Practice (ACOPs).

Details of the outcome

Updated: 2020-08-26