What time off work are health and safety representatives allowed in order to perform their duties?

Health and safety representatives are entitled to reasonable time off work, with pay, for recognised health and safety training and other duties arising from health and safety legislative rights.

Those rights also include:

  • being consulted by management on health and safety matters;
  • representing workers;
  • consulting the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the local authority; and
  • investigating accidents.

Find out more about these rights on the website of the Health and Safety Executive. 

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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