414. Employee health and safety representatives.

There are two separate sets of regulations which make general provision for employee health and safety representatives, the Safety Representatives and Safety Committees Regulations 19771 which were made under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 19742 and the Health and Safety (Consultation with Employees) Regulations 19963 which were made under the European Communities Act 19724. The 1977 Regulations apply where employees are represented by an independent trade union which is recognised by the employer5; if they are not represented by such a trade union, or if the union is not recognised by the employer, then the 1996