Extensive guidance for NHS Trusts from their national body the NHS Confederation on risk assessments emphasises the important role to be played by the health unions. In particular the section on ‘Support and advice,’ which states:

“It will undoubtedly be necessary to supplement individual discussions with workers with the established collective representation processes in place within organisations.

… “Trade union colleagues and local partnership forums are an invaluable source of support to the organisation and their expertise and insights should be used in constructing local approaches to risk assessment.

“Employers can access a summary of principles from NHS trade unions on health and safety risk assessment and vulnerable workers (including BME staff groups) during COVID-19.

“Other networks such as those for black and minority ethnic (BME) or disabled staff will also be an important area of support and insight to organisations.”

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