What is a union safety representative?

A safety rep is a fellow worker elected by other union members to look after the health and safety at work of people they work with. Much of what they do benefits everyone in their section, both union and non-union workers.

If your employer recognises a trade union, union members in your workplace have the right to elect safety representatives to deal with health and safety issues. The number of reps and the areas they cover are usually agreed with your employer.

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.

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