Health and Safety

At your workplace you can get support from our Health & Safety Representatives who are trained via our excellent training courses. Safety Representatives have legal rights to: conduct investigations into accidents and potential hazards; inspect the workplace; consult with members and take up issues on their behalf with Management. Our Safety Representatives are not on their own: we recognise the importance of Health and Safety and provide support both Regionally and Nationally.

Your National Health &  Safety Committee representatives are elected by each Region (Rule 4). Your current Committee are:
Region 1: Vince Payne
Region 2: Tony Mansell 
Region 3: Dave Clarkson
Region 4: John Owens
Region 5: Mark Dickens
Region 7: Dermid Best

How to raise a Health & Safety related issue:

At site level speak initially to your Branch Health & Safety Representative (or other Branch representative). Some issues may require further progression throughout the Union. This can be done through your Branch meeting and to your Regional Council. If the Regional Council deems an issue to be serious enough, this will then be referred to the National Health & Safety Committee. Some issues may require a Union campaign, this may require a Resolution being submitted to Annual Conference.

If you require any further information, contact your Regional Office.

Useful Documents

Click on the links below to open/download the document:

BFAWU “Cool It” Survey

BFAWU Safety Reps Report form. Please use this form to notify your employer of any health & safety issue/potential issue. This can be completed online, saved and then forwarded on to the approriate person(s) or department. Please also copy in your Regional Office.

Bullying & Abuse Survey

The Feceration of Bakers Guidance on Dust Control

Hazards Response to Health & Safety Cuts

Health & Safety Guide for BFAWU representatives

HSE Food & Drink Common Strategy Document

HSE “Recipe for Safety”

HSE Workplace Health Expert Committee (WHEC): Risks of bakery work: the adverse effects of working in high temperatures and of occupational asthma

TUC Guide to Workplace Temperatures

TUC Guide to Gender in Occupational Safety & Health

TUC Safety Representatives & Safety Committees

Workplace Safety Inspection Form