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Health and safety committees

Setting up a health and safety committee is a good way for employers and employees to work together to make the workplace safer.

Committee meetings bring together employees' hands-on experience of the job and the employer's perspective of the workplace and business requirements. They provide a regular forum for collaboratively developing and reviewing health and safety systems and addressing ongoing and emerging concerns.

A health and safety committee doesn't have to be large, but it must suit the particular needs of your workplace and should represent the interests of all staff groups.

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You must consult employees (including any health and safety representatives) when deciding on the membership of the committee. 

At least half of the committee must be employee representatives, and should be health and safety representatives where practicable.