Reasons Why A Health And Safety Committee May Be Ineffective

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Explain the circumstances under which an employer must form a health and safety committee.

Give reasons why a health and safety committee may be ineffective.

Part (a)

Employer is required by law to form a health and safety committee when requested in writing by two or more trade union-appointed safety representatives.

Part (b)

A range of reasons include:

  • An uneven balance in management and employee representation;
  • A general lack of commitment by management and/or employee representatives;
  • Poor chairmanship;
  • No published agenda or minutes;
  • The infrequency or cancellation of meetings;
  • The unsuitability of the topics discussed;
  • No health and safety expertise available;
  • No access by the committee to decision-making processes.

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