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Health and safety rep

Resources and information for NEU health and safety representatives playing a vital role in promoting healthy and safe workplaces. 

Excessive workload, harassment, deteriorating buildings and the impact of climate change are amongst some of the key health and safety concerns of education workers. Becoming a health and safety rep is exciting and rewarding, as you will be carrying out vital work.

What does a Health and Safety rep do?

The single most important job of the H&S rep is to make everyone aware that the NEU is a strong collective voice for members. Strong union groups experience fewer workplace issues including health and safety issues – union presence stops management causing problems. Specific functions include

  • Plan and carry out termly H&S inspections - using our checklist - at your workplace and submit subsequent reports to the employer
  • Be available to talk to members about H&S questions and concerns, consider their collective potential and raise with management
  • Investigate members’ concerns about health, safety, welfare and the environment and consider their collective potential and raise with management.
  • Check that action has been taken to resolve any problems that have been reported to the employer
  • Build relationships with other union representatives and managers to help resolve potential H&S problems at an early stage.

Your rights as a Health and Safety rep

As a H&S rep, you have powerful rights under The Safety Representatives and Safety Committees Regulations 1977, including the right to paid time off to carry out your functions and attend training.

Want to find out more?

Speak to your local branch and consider signing up for NEU training.

NEU reps with training certificates

Become a rep

Our reps work on a voluntary basis to build the Union

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Resources for Health and Safety Reps

Health and safety model policy for academies

The aim of this model policy on health and safety for academies is to provide a framework that schools can adopt to assess risks within the workplace, record their assessment of these risks and put measures in place to remove them.

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