Health & Safety

Protecting  the Health and Safety of Our Members


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UNISON believes health and safety in the workplace is an issue for everyone. Every year, thousands of people suffer accidents and ill-health at work – most of which could be avoided. Health and safety includes the mental health well being of employees – something that is too often overlooked.

The Safety Representatives and Safety Committee Regulations of 1977 spell out in detail the rights and functions that safety representatives can utilise. These include making representations to the employer on behalf of members on any health, safety and welfare matter. A health and safety rep can represent members in consultation with Health and Safety Executive inspectors or other enforcing authorities. They can inspect designated workplace areas at least every three months, investigate potential hazards, complaints by members and causes of accidents, dangerous occurrences and diseases. They also have facilities and support from the employer to carry out inspections and receive legal and technical information.

The current Health and Safety representatives for our Branch are Shirley Derbyshire and Karen Pendlebury. They can be emailed on or  


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