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South West: Health and Safety training - for new reps
Event details
Mon, 23 Sep 2019 - 09:00 to
Thu, 02 Apr 2020 - 17:00

United Kingdom

No course fees for reps from TUC-affiliated trade unions.

1. Bristol 

Dates: Every Wednesday from 25 September until 4 December 2019 
(No class on 2 October due to half term)

Where: City of Bristol College, Ashley Down, Bristol BS7 9BU (Google map link)

Book your place here


2. Exeter

Dates: Every Monday from 23 September until 25 November 2019

Where: Unison House, Exeter EX1 3QS (Google map link)

Book your place here 

3. Salisbury

Dates: Every Thursday from 23 January 2020 until 2 April 2020 
(no class on 20 February 2020 due to half term) 

Where: Salisbury Fire Station, Ashley Road, SP2 7TN (Google map link)

Book your place here

Who is this course for? 

This is the essential course for all new trade union health and safety representatives (or those who have not yet received training). 

It is designed to help build your skills, knowledge and confidence for your work as a health and safety rep, including: 

  • your role and functions of a trade union health & safety rep
  • your legal rights at work, such as time off for training and for carrying out your dutires;
  • how you can support and keep workers safe
  • organising for health & safety
  • preventing accidents and ill health

How long with this course take to complete?

This course will take 60 hours to complete. This is made up of ten classroom lessons, usually one day a week. 

How do I book onto this course?

Click on the links to the course you wish to attend. You will be redirected to the TUC Education website where you will be asked to register, or log in to your account before you can book your place. 

Once your application is submitted, our Regional Education Organiser will confirm the success of your application.

Further details of the course will be sent to successful applicants.

Can I get time off to do this course?

Union representatives who would like to attend TUC courses during working time should first ask their employer for time off with pay.

Under the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 and the Safety Representatives and Safety Committee Regulations 1977,  recognised union representatives, and safety representatives have a legal right to reasonable time off with pay to attend courses approved by the TUC or their trade union.

Guidance towards establishing what constitutes reasonable time off can be found in the ACAS Code of Practice (pdf).

Union Representatives who find difficulty in obtaining paid time off to attend courses should seek assistance from their senior union representative or a full time union officer.

Further information

If you require any further information about this course, please contact our course

South West: Health and Safety training - for new reps

United Kingdom

Transport and Travel

TUC cannot cover travel or transport expenses to attend the course. Please refer back to your trade union or your full time officer for more information.