Workplace Consultation on Health and Safety

Hillage J, Kersley B, Bates P, Rick J | Contract Research Report CRR 268/2000 | Health and Safety Executive | May 2000

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reviewed the regulations on health and safety consultation and representation arrangements. To support the review it commissioned IES to examine:

  • awareness about the requirements for consultation on health and safety among employers, safety representatives and employees
  • the process of consultation, including the role of elected representatives and the incidence and nature of non-statutory forms of consultation
  • the forms of consultation about health and safety in the absence of trade union appointed or elected employee representatives
  • the impact of consultation and representation on employers' approaches to the management of health and safety and any variation by forms of representation
  • the extent to which employers do not consult employees and why.