A recently published TUC report has revealed that the UK’s health and safety representatives help save millions of pounds in addition to reducing accidents and ill health.
The TUC’s Heartunions week, highlighted the contribution the 100,000 trade union health and safety representatives make in creating a safer working environment.
The report outlined the following points;
*Workplaces represented by a union have a 24% lower rate of injuries.
* Greater accident reporting is encouraged and safety training is twice as likely to have been provided if a health and safety committee is present.
*Unions raise health and safety awareness and provide an opportunity to voice concerns and raise issues.
*Safety representatives help reduce days lost by workplace accidents (in excess of 286,000 days) and save approximately £181 million.
* Annually, the TUC trains 10,000 safety representatives.
Despite the huge impact the union and their representatives make in protecting workers from illness and injury, the Government ’s trade union bill is due to cap time the representatives are permitted to assist members.