We believe that all workers deserve to be treated fairly at work. This includes fair pay, favourable terms and conditions and well managed health and safety conditions.
Every worker has the right to leave work at the end of their shift, in as good or better physical, emotional and mental condition as when they arrived.
Through our work of 5,000 safety reps, we strive to support our members at work and work with employers to minimising safety risk, harm and accidents.
In this section you can find out more about the key health and safety issues and our campaigns to ensure better health and safety in workplaces.
For information and advice on Health and Safety issues at work, see our Get Help section.
Violence at work involves any incident in which an employee is abused, threatened or assaulted (either physically or verbally) in circumstances relating to their work.
Here you can find out more about the key health and safety issues that we campaign on.
- Concern about buildings with RAAC
- Coronavirus guidance for health and safety reps
- Protecting the health and safety of pregnant workers and new mothers
- Stress at work
- Workplace bullying and harassment
- Sickness absence
- Aches, pains and strains or musculoskeletal disorders
- Health and Weather warnings for extreme heat
We aim to raise awareness of health and safety issues at work and use our health and safety activists to campaign to improve working conditions for all.
The most important tools that UNISON has to ensure the health, safety and welfare of our members are our health and safety representatives, safety officers and safety committees. Our Health and Safety reps play a vital role in the union.
The history of Health and Safety
Explore our interactive timeline. Scroll right to left to move through the history.