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Communication, participation and consultation

Being successful at health and safety means that everyone needs to be actively involved.

Talking, listening and co-operating helps:

  • Develop a positive health and safety culture where risks are managed sensibly.
  • Identify joint solutions to problems.
  • Bring about improvements in staff health and safety and in overall efficiency.Participation
  • The University to comply with legal requirements.


To develop a workplace where everyone:

  • Feels that they can participate in decisions taken about health and safety.
  • Can report issues of concern openly, in a 'no-blame' culture

Managers should operate in an open and transparent way to encourage participation in health and safety issues. There should always be a channel whereby those affected by a health and safety decision can have a say about that decision.

Including these mechanisms for effective communication, participation and consultation in schools and services is a key performance indicator. Directors will need to include this in their annual health and safety report.

Further information

Your roles and responsibilities  

Health and safety documentation

University communication, participation and consultation procedure 

Page last updated on Thursday 25 July 2019 at 2.19pm.


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