The School is obliged by the Safety Representatives and Safety Committee Regulations 1977 Safety and Health and Safety (Consultation with Employees) Regulations 1996 to have arrangements for consulting with its employees. The School will discharge this duty through the operation of the Consultative Health and Safety Group.
Trade union-appointed safety representatives and employee representatives
Under the provisions of the Safety Representatives and Safety Committee Regulations 1977, recognised trade unions are entitled to appoint one or more safety representatives to represent their members on health and safety matters. The current Trade Union Safety Representatives, who attend the Consultative Health and Safety Group, are:
UNISON Neill Roberts
UNITE Ian Marston
UCU Veronique Mizgailo
Under the Health and Safety (Consultation with Employees) Regulations 1996, where the workforce is not represented by a recognised trade union, employers must make other arrangements for consulting with their employees either by consulting with each individual employee directly or arranging for the workforce to elect an employee representative. Trade union-appointed safety representatives and employee elected representatives are entitled to undertake a wide range of functions under the legislation including:
carrying out inspections of the work place;
investigating accidents/ incidents and complaints from their members regarding any health, safety or welfare matter;
receiving copies of reports from the Health and Safety Executive;
receiving any information relating to safety of equipment, plant, substances or work methods;
inspecting safety documents, registers and certificates; and
attending safety committees.
Employers must consult the appropriate trade union or employee safety representative with regard to:
the introduction of any measure that may affect the health and safety of any employee that the safety representative represents;
undertaking risk assessments, including the arrangements for appointing 'competent' persons where appropriate; and
planning and organising health and safety training; and· introducing new technology or work equipment.
On a local level, line managers will also consult employees on matters affecting their health and safety via any safety representatives where these have been appointed by the appropriate trade unions.
Line managers and health and safety coordinators will be responsible for making arrangements for consulting those members of their staff who are not members of trade unions, to ensure that the requirements of Health and Safety (Consultation with Employees) Regulations 1996 are complied with.