Guide to right of entry by authorised representatives

About the right of authorised representatives of registered employee organisations (ARREOs) to enter workplaces following suspected breaches of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004.


What it contains

This guidance covers:

  • the purpose and legal framework for right of entry
  • who can be an ARREO and how
  • entry to the workplace
  • powers on entry
  • offences and sanctions

New power for ARREOs

On 22 September 2021 Part 8 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 was amended to enable ARREOs to take photographs or measurements or make sketches or recordings in certain circumstances. This guide has not yet been updated to reflect the changes introduced by the amendments.

Summary of changes