An EU Exit must not be used as a pretext to dismantle hard won rights and protections including Health and Safety Standards

This was the clear message from delegates at the 8th Annual NIPSA Health and Safety Conference on 24 October 2017 in the Wellington Park Hotel, Belfast. The theme of this year’s Conference was “The Impact of an EU Exit on Health and Safety”.

NIPSA is committed to improving the working lives and conditions of all members. Pressing for healthy and safe workplaces for everyone is a core part of every branch health and safety representative’s role. Being aware of the issues relating to gender in occupational health and safety ensures that workplaces are safer and healthier for everyone. This is because, where the differences between men and women are acknowledged when assessing risk and deciding suitable risk control solutions, there is a greater chance of ensuring that the health, safety and welfare of all members is protected. That is why it is important to take a gender-sensitive approach to health and safety at work, which is a way of improving protection for both women and men and making sure that everyone is equally protected.

This guide aims to highlight the different health and safety risks that female, male and transgender members are exposed to at work and advise on how branch Health and Safety Reps can take a gender-sensitive approach when negotiating adjustments and health and safety policies and procedures with their employer.

Click on the links below to download a copy of this new guide.


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Members and Officals from NIPSA, participate in a wreath laying ceremony at Stormont Grounds to remember International Workers Memorial Day

International Workers’ Memorial Day (IWMD) is a day to remember people who have been killed, injured or made ill by work. It is a day when workers focus on health and safety at work, both in our workplaces and at events locally, nationally and worldwide.

The 2017 Annual Health and Safety Representative’s Award which is run by the Health and Safety Executive NI (HSENI) and the Northern Ireland Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (NIC/ICTU).

The aim of the award is to recognise the achievement and contribution Health and Safety Representatives make in improving health and safety standards in workplaces across Northern Ireland, with all the associated positive benefits this can bring for colleagues, the working environment and the economic viability of the organisation itself. The award is open to all trade union appointed health and safety representatives.

The award winner will receive a crystal plaque engraved with their name which will be presented at a special event, to be confirmed.

Details of how to enter are set out in the documents below, click on the icons to download an application and information sheet. Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 10th March 2017.


Stressed out workers don’t want to hear the management buzz word ‘resilience’, they want the stress taken out of their working lives.

This was the clear message from delegates at the 7th Annual NIPSA Health and Safety Conference on 17 October 2016 in the Wellington Park Hotel, Belfast. The theme of this year’s Conference was “Healthy Workplaces for All Ages”.

NIPSA has a keen interest in occupational health and safety (OHS). Our representatives are active in the parallel strands of prevention, by promoting compliance with health and safety law, and mitigation, through initiatives that help, where appropriate, to keep injured or ill colleagues in work and rehabilitated back to work from sick leave.