TUC Health & Safety 1

Ref: C3840229

If you are a newly appointed safety rep, this is the essential basic course for you. Health and safety at work is a major issue for all employees. Research shows that workplaces that have trade union health and safety reps have a significantly lower rate of accidents. This course will provide a thorough grounding in health and safety issues and give new reps an opportunity to discuss issues around health and safety at work.

Course aim

To become more effective as a Health and Safety Trade Union Representative.

Who is the course for?

Reps must be a member of an affiliated union the TUC.

What topics will this course cover

the role and functions of a trade union health and safety representative organising for health and safety preventing accidents and ill health key skills for a trade union health and safety representative. The course will help the learner to: identify problems – the main health, safety and welfare issues faced by your members involve members – by making them more aware of health and safety issues and the need for union action improve health and safety – by proposing plans for controlling hazards and improving the working environment use information and the law – tracking down information and knowing how to use it effectively get things done – by working with your union organisation and negotiating effectively with your employer develop skills – to do an effective job as a trade union health and safety representative

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

Know the role and functions of a trade union health and safety representative. Know the legal provisions for facilities and time off for trade union health and safety representatives. Be able to consult with members on health and safety issues. Know the trade union approach to health and safety. Be able to identify hazards in the workplace. Be able to use a systematic approach to tackling hazards in own workplace. Know how to contribute to the control of risks in own workplace. Understand ways in which own trade union organises for health and safety. Know ways of keeping union members involved and informed about health and safety matters. Know legal responsibilities for health and safety at work. Know contents of own workplace health and safety policy. Know methods and procedures that help to resolve health and safety issues in the workplace. Be able to identify education and development programmes for union health and safety representatives. Be able to locate and organise health and safety information in the workplace. Know how to work collectively within the union. Be able to carry out an interview in a health and safety context.

How will I know I'm making progress?

Feedback will be given throughout the course and will also take place at the end too.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

Books and equipment to be provided by the student, lever arch file, paper and pen

Reading and information sources

None

What could the course lead to?

Next Steps for Safety Reps Diploma in Occupation Health and Safety

Download full course outline

TUC Health & Safety 1 Course Outline

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This course is not available for online enrolment.

Conditions

You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2016
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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