Health and safety and organising - interactive guide for union reps
There is a interactive resource available for anyone who wants to consider how to make their workplace safer through building a strong union.
Last year the TUC published a guide to organising and health and safety. It gave simple, straightforward advice to help you use health and safety arguments to achieve an increase in members and a more active membership, with a greater number of health and safety representatives. The guide was designed to make you more effective on the ground – where real gains can be made – and help create a greater culture of safety in your workplace, and could be used, not only in workplaces where unions are recognised, but also those where they are not yet recognised.
There are over two million people who have an injury or illness that was caused or made worse from work and more than 28 million working days are lost every year as a result of work related injuries and ill health. The HSE estimates the cost of injuries and ill health from current working conditions to be £14.2bn, but of course the human cost is much greater. That means that there is a lot that needs to be done, regardless of the type of workplace.
To support health and safety representatives and anyone else who wants to organise in their workplace the TUC have produced an "eNote" that covers the same areas as the organising guide. An eNote is a great resource to help representatives get a good grasp of an issue and this one is a self-contained module that contains a mixture of text, video and quizzes that you can work though. It lasts between 20 and 30 minutes and can be returned to as many times as you like. The different sections that can be used together, or individual ones may be of particular use to your needs and situation.