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.

Our members have been under sustained attack as part of the government’s perfect storm of ideological driven cuts to jobs, services, pay and pensions. As part of the Stormont House Agreement the government pledged to cut 20,000 public sector jobs over a four year period. This commitment was restated within the “Fresh Start” Agreement. We have already seen the impact this is having in the Northern Ireland Civil Service with 3,200 jobs due to be lost through the Voluntary Exit Scheme by the end of March 2016. On top of this we have seen hundreds, if not thousands, of jobs lost in other areas of the public sector such as Housing, Voluntary and Community sector, Health, Education and Libraries with many more to follow. As part of the “Fresh Start” Agreement we will also see a complete overhaul of the welfare system with the implementation of the Welfare Reform Bill.

The impact on the staff remaining will be substantial and a major health, safety and wellbeing issue. The increase in stress related cases in recent years has coincided with cuts in public services and job losses. As well as causing anxiety and uncertainty among the workforce it has also led to increases in workloads, with less staff being asked to do more. According to a survey conducted by the Health and Safety Executive (GB) in 2012 the number one cause of stress is increases in workload. However they also show that lack of support and control, changes at work, role uncertainty, violence and bullying (all possible symptoms of job cuts) are significant factors.

With this publication, we hope to highlight the dangers of stress in the workplace that members are placed under, due to the myriad of cuts to our public services, and offer solutions how NIPSA Health and Safety representatives can help those affected.

Copies can be obtained by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at NIPSA Headquarters. Alternatively you can click on the cover image to download the pdf versions of the document.

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