RR144 - The Worker Safety Advisors (WSA) pilot
Workplaces with safety representatives and safety committees
have significantly better accident records than those with no
consultation mechanism, recording up to 50% fewer injuries.
However, the majority of the workforce are not members of a trade
union or employed in workplaces where unions are recognised. In
this context, it is important to consider the most appropriate way
in which effective representation can be developed in small firms
and those workplaces with no union recognition agreements. One
possible option to achieve this is through the work of independent,
roving health and safety advisors, or Workers Safety Advisers
(WSA). The purpose of this WSA pilot is to evaluate the
effectiveness of a voluntary workers' safety advisors scheme by
setting up and running pilots in a variety of employment
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