UNISON’s 2016 Health & Safety Course
Oxfordshire County UNISON rep Liz Challinor attended the course in Brighton and says:
“The training is designed to give newly elected H&S reps a complete understanding of how to undertake the role. The content provides enough information that a person with no prior H&S knowledge can understand and can be an effective rep afterwards. The training doesn’t go into lots of detail concerning the legislation. Instead you are told where to look for legal answers should you need to i.e. you don’t need to memorise the H&S at Work Act. You are taught how and when to raise issues/liaise with management, how to speak to members, conduct workplace inspections, basic investigations, what tools/powers the legislation gives Reps to achieve the aim of helping make the work place a safer and happier place to be.
After the training I feel a lot more confident in my opinions when I come across H&S issues at work. This makes a big difference when talking to managers and members and getting people to take H&S seriously.
H&S covers emotional health as well as physical health. Therefore work-place stress is very much a big issue for employers to address. It would be very satisfying if H&S Reps could work towards changing attitudes and opinions in this area.”
Mental Awareness Training Course November 2016
International Workers Memorial Day – 28th April European Site
Stress At Work – A Guide For UNISON Health & Safety Reps
Footwear in the workplace – TUC Guidance (pdf)
Health & Safety Executive – Management Standards For Work Related Stress
European Agency For Health And Safety At Work – Healthy Workplaces