Key messages

Good communication

When communication is good:

What workers need to know

You need to tell workers about:

Encourage everyone in your workplace (including contractors) to take an active interest in safety issues. Everyone should have the chance to express their views or concerns to those in charge of the workplace and the people they work with.

As well as making good sense, consulting employees on health and safety matters is a legal requirement. If your organisation has safety representatives appointed by a trade union that your organisation recognises, by law you must consult them. If there are no safety representatives, you should consult the employees themselves or any health and safety representative they have elected.

Employers have a legal duty to set up a health and safety committee when two or more safety representatives from recognised trade unions ask them to do so. A health and safety committee can be an effective way of encouraging everyone in the workplace (including visitors delivering or collecting goods) to co-operate in their health and safety responsibilities.