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Regional Health and Safety Department


GMB is recognised both nationally and regionally as being the leading trade union on health, safety and environmental issues. GMB Northern takes a proactive approach in preventing and dealing with workplace accidents ensuring wherever our members work, their environemnt is healthy and safe.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) statistics state that 90% of workplace accidents are avoidable and 70% are through miss management which is why GMB Northern provides extensive training for GMB Safety Representatives which now number over 1500 in the region.  The GMB Rep is at the forefront of health and safety matter in the workplace and ensures that in recognised workplaces they carry out their activities under the afety REpresentative and Safety Committes Regulations 1977 and in non recognised workplaces they actively encourage growth in membership on health and safety issues to gain recognition.  Statistics also tell us that workplaces that have union recognition are a safer environment to work in.

If you are not a GMB member and would like to make your workplace safer why not join us today and consider becoming a safety rep.

GMB Northern's regional health and safety function offers technical support, advice and a range of publications on all health and safety matters, this support is strengthened by our link to the GMB National Health & Safety Team.

The HSE information line can be accessed by GMB members and representatives alike.  If you have an enquiry that requires specialist health and safety advice you will be put in contact with an expert who will give you the advice and guidance you need.

The information line is available from 8:30 to 17:00, Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays):

HSE info line - 0845 345 00 55

 The HSE are launching a new Waste and Recycling e-bulletin in January 2011.  To subscribe to this e-bulletin please go to and click on subscribe on the left hand side.

News Useful Links
Any new news stories relating to the GMB Northern
Region health and Safety Department will be added in here. - The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) - The Trades Union Congress (TUC) - GMB National Website - The Hazards Magazine




CAN'T FIND IT?  If you still can't find what you're looking for using the resources above then please contact us at or call GMB Regional Office on 0191 233 3930 and ask for the Health and Safety department.

Contact us at Newcastle, Cumbria, Middlesbrough & Sunderland

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