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Health and Safety Committee and Action Planning

 

Health and Safety Committee and Action Planning

Arinite encourages the formation of a Health and Safety Committee or informal meetings to spread the ownership of Health and Safety across the organisation.

We are able to assist in the setting up of a committee, meeting or forum and take an active part in running the agenda.

Employers are obliged to consult employees on health and safety matters under two main pieces of legislation:

  • The Health and Safety (Consultation with Employees) Regulations 1996.
  • The Safety Representatives and Safety Committees Regulations 1977.

Health and Safety Committees

A request (in writing) may also be made by trade union appointed safety representatives for a Safety Committee to be formed within the workplace. If at least two representatives make such a request then the employer must then create such a committee within 90 days of receipt of the request.

Safety Committees are established under Section 2(7) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. Their general objectives and functions could include:

  • Promotion of co-operation between employers and their employees.
  • Advising the employer on adequacy of policies, safe systems of work and safety rules.
  • Studying the effectiveness of health and safety training.
  • Studying health and safety statistics.
  • Studying audit reports and inspectors’ reports.
  • Forming liaison links with the enforcing authority.

There are no specific rules on the frequency of Safety Committee meetings; this will be dictated by the size of workplace, nature of risks and volume of business.

Employers may also set up a Safety Committee comprising of Employee Representatives where there is no recognised trade union or where there is a trade union, representatives of employee safety covering employees not represented by a trade union may also be included.

Relevant employees have a duty to co-operate with the employer by being part of the Committee. The committee should consist of members from management, representatives’ and relevant technical specialists such as health and safety advisers.

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