To ensure union representatives play a meaningful role in health and safety compliance, you need to provide information and training.
Luckily, there are a number of organisations that offer accredited health and safety representative training.
And it's up to you to send your union representatives on one of these training courses.
In these courses, they'll begin to understand issues like what the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) says about health and safety in the workplace, they'll also gain knowledge about the rights, powers, functions and duties of a health and safety representative. In addition they'll also know be trained on how to handle health, safety and environmental problems in the workplace.
Although these courses are efficient, you need to understand that a union representative has responsibilities over and above his role as a health and safety representative.
And this is where you come in. You need to train the union representative for his additional responsibilities.
But do you know what these are?
According to the Health and Safety Advisor, a union health and safety representative's training must include:
Remember, training union officials in health and safety empowers them to motivate their members more effectively. With increased knowledge, they can more easily convey the importance of health and safety issues to their members. And by playing a meaningful role in health and safety compliance, they'll help you reduce the health and safety risks.