Health and safety representatives 

RCM Health and safety representatives represent and support members in the workplace in all matters relating to health, safety and well-being in the workplace. They advise other members on health and safety policy and procedures which may have an impact on their working environment. Responsibilities include investigating potential hazards and the causes of accidents and making representations to the employers on health, safety and welfare matters.

What do Health and safety representative do?

  • Enable effective co-operation in promoting and developing a healthy and safe workplace.
  • Investigate potential hazards and investigate the causes of accidents.
  • Investigate complaints by any RCM member and make representations to the employer on such matters.
  • Carry out inspections in accordance with health and safety regulations.

What’s in it for you?

  • Acquisition of easily transferable skills that will assist in your career development.
  • Increased confidence and self-esteem.
  • Training in health and safety matters.
  • The satisfaction of making a difference to members' working lives, helping others.
  • Reasonable time off to carry out your duties

Download the role definition for Health and Safety representatives.

Health and safety representatives training

Caring for You action plan with guidance

Caring for you charter

So you want to be a RCM workplace representative

Sexual harassment in the workplace - new duty in force from October 2024 

The Worker Protection (Amendment of Equality Act 2010) Act 2023, which will come into force on 26 October 2024, amends the Equality Act 2010 in two respects.

It will:

  •  introduce a new duty on employers to take reasonable steps to prevent sexual harassment of their employees. This marks a key change in focus in the legislation from redress to prevention, imposing a new obligation on employers to be proactive in tackling sexual harassment; and
  • give employment tribunals the power to uplift sexual harassment compensation by up to 25% where an employer is found to have breached this new duty – this uplift could be significant, especially as compensation awarded in the most serious cases of sexual harassment can exceed £50,000.

Please read all information here: Employment alert - Sexual harassment in the workplace - 30 November 2023 (


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