TUC guide to using safety statistics
The TUC has published a short union safety reps' guide to finding and using safety statistics. It says a safety rep's first stop should be with the employer. 'They have to give health and safety representatives information on injuries and sickness if you request it and also let you inspect any documents that relate to health and safety.' With some exceptions regarding confidentiality of personal information, reps can obtain anything from RIDDOR reports and accident book entries, to sickness absence records and reports. The guide provides links to other sources of statistics, including official agencies. It explains some of the language used by the number crunchers and how to make effective use of the stats you unearth.
Issued: 22 July, 2011