Health and Safety Worker Consultations
Employers must involve workers and inform them about health and safety.
It’s a good idea to talk and listen to your workers about health and safety and the work that they do,
how risks are controlled and the best ways of providing information and training for them.
What are Health and Safety worker consultations?
Worker consultations should be a two-way process which allows them to raise issues and concerns and also to influence decisions that are made about health and safety and how its managed.
The best way to do this is to talk and listen to them about:
- Health and safety and the work that they do
- How risks are controlled
- Engaging with workers
Who should be involved in worker consultations?
Health and safety and the work that they do
Usually, the best people to get understanding from are the workers actually doing the hands-on day to day jobs.
How risks are controlled
They will understand the risks involved in the workplace and how they are controlled.
Engaging with workers
When you engage with them it shows that you take their health and safety very seriously. Consultations can be completed directly by you or like most you can choose to have assistance provided from a health and safety consultant. Workers can contribute and can consult through a representative chosen by them or through a selected trade union. As an employer, you cannot choose who will represent the workers.
How do you choose a consultant to help you with worker consultations?
A lot of employers don’t have the time to undertake these themselves because running a business itself is a mammoth task let alone dealing with all the intricacies of health and safety.
This is where sourcing the right help can be a weight lifted off your shoulders. But like anything it must be undertaken as a buyer beware exercise. There are lots of health and safety advisors and consultants in the marketplace, but you need to ensure you find the right one for you.
As an employer, managing health and safety is still your legal duty, so you need to find a company that understands you and your company.
Our team of consultants all have different disciplines so we will have the right fit for you and be able to meet your needs. We can prove competence and be able to help you meet the Government’s stringent laws.
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