Regulations for worker engagement, participation and representation are under consideration by the Government. These regulations will outline procedural requirements that apply when workplaces have health and safety representatives or committees. These include:
- All large businesses (regardless of risk) will have to have a health and safety representative if an employee asks for one, and must consider establishing a health and safety committee if a health and safety representative or five or more employees request one.
- Small businesses (with fewer than 20 workers) in all industries will be exempt from the requirement to have a health and safety representative, unless the business is specified as operating in a high risk sector.
- If a business (regardless of size) does not have a health and safety representative or committee, it will still have to have some other form of worker participation and engagement process under the new law.
These regulations are a secondary form of law and will support the Health and Safety at Work Act, which will come into force on 4 April 2016.