Why training for Health and Safety Committee members? 

The H&S Committee is one of the core groups at the centre of employee consultation and decision-making. It’s important that each member of the H&S Committee, whether an employee safety representative or a management representative, has a foundation of health and safety knowledge so the whole group can contribute and participate effectively during the committee meetings. 
Both Trade Union and Non-Union Health and Safety Representatives often lack the knowledge and skills required to engage effectively with their colleagues, meaning they struggle to properly represent their views at the H&S Committee meetings. 

Content of the Health and Safety Committee Training 

Awareness of your organisation’s hazards and risks, including physical safety, health, mental health, and wellbeing. 
Basic understanding of health and safety law, including statute law, criminal, and civil law. 
Understanding of the role of employee and management safety representatives. 
Understanding of the role of the H&S Committee and the typical items on the agenda. 
Strategies and techniques to engage with colleagues, management, and fellow committee members. 
Very importantly, all members need to know: 
What an employee safety representative is NOT e.g. not a health and safety officer 
What the H&S Committee can and cannot do e.g. level of authority 
Appropriate and inappropriate topics for discussion e.g. not a talking shop for airing employment grievances 
This training will provide all of the information recommended by the Health and Safety Executive’s guidance document HSG 263 “Involving your Workforce in Health and Safety”, in addition to any information which is specific and relevant to your organisation. 
The course is aimed both at Trade Union Safety Representatives and non-Union Representatives of Employee Safety. 
Length of Course: One day 
Accredited: Certificate awarded by Compassa 
Assessment: Observation throughout the course, and short end of course test 
Maximum number of delegates: 16 
Location: at employer’s premises, nationwide. Upon request only. 
Can it be tailored? Yes. 
If you want to arrange training for your Health and Safety Committee members or your Safety Representatives, please email will@compassa.co.uk or call Will on 07725 467 197 
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