The HSE has produced new guidance aimed at medium to large businesses. It is designed to help employers with their duty to consult workers on health and safety matters in line with the Safety Representatives and Safety Committees Regulations 1977 and the Health and Safety (Consultation with Employees) Regulations 1996. The guidance supplies practical advice and case studies which can help to illustrate and explain legal requirements. There are also sets of checklists to help. These may also help smaller businesses manage their consultation requirements.

All employers have a legal duty to consult with their workers over matters that could affect their health and safety in the workplace. This needs to be a two-way process so that workers can have their say about health and safety. Some employers may find it difficult to find a suitable method for communication, so this guidance explains the whole process. The document can be downloaded at http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/priced/hsg263.pdf .