Call for greater powers for safety representatives
The Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (Usdaw) has, through a recent annual delegates meeting, passed a proposition calling for a system of legally-binding Provisional Improvement Notices (PINs) for the use of safety representatives when situations occur in which employers are believed to be in breach of health and safety law.
The desired system is based on the Australian model.
'Experience in Australia has shown that employers are more likely to involve safety reps at an early stage rather than risk a PIN being issued when changes are implemented. In my experience even senior managers in stores have very little knowledge of health and safety laws and yet the HSE appear to be moving toward self-regulation. How can you self-regulate when you do not know the rules?' - Representative of Usdaw's Southern Division