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The Health and Safety (Consultation with Employees) Regulations 1996

Overview

Jurisdiction 

The Health and Safety (Consultation with Employees) Regulations 1996 are applicable to: 

UK, England, Wales, Scotland & Northern Ireland. 

Date 

The Health and Safety (Consultation with Employees) Regulations 1996 came into force on the 1st of October 1996. 

Associated Legislation

The Health and Safety (Consultation with Employees) Regulations 1996 set out protections under the Employment Rights Act 1996. 

Summary of the The Health and Safety (Consultation with Employees) Regulations 1996

The Health and Safety (Consultation with Employees) Regulations 1996 set out the duties of employers to consult with their workers on matters of occupational health and safety. Under these Regulations, employers must consult with their employees, or their representatives, on health and safety matters. This can be a beneficial process for a business. 

 

The Regulations set details for: 

  • People that must be consulted; 
  • The duty of employers to provide information; 
  • The functions of representatives of employee safety; and 
  • The need for employers to provide for training, facilities for representatives of employee safety and time off for candidates. 

 

Furthermore, the Health and Safety (Consultation with Employees) Regulations 1996 set the requirement for employers to consult employees in good time on matters relating to their health and safety at work. The consultation must cover situations such as:  

  • The introduction of any measure at the workplace which may substantially affect the health and safety of those employees; 
  • Arrangements for appointing or nominating people; 
  • Any health and safety information that is required by employees; 
  • The planning and organisation of any health and safety training that is required; and 
  • The health and safety consequences of the introduction of new technologies into the workplace. 

 

Lastly, the Health and Safety (Consultation with Employees) Regulations 1996 identify the people that should be consulted; either all workers directly or a series of representatives and set out the terms of representation and it is important that the organisation maintains records on who is consulted and who they represent. There are some limitations on consultation associated to national secrets and the safety of individuals and their rights.  

 

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