I am not surprised at the HSE failure to give any added new rights to Safety Representatives.
The reason I think is down to this government who have repeatably cut the HSE Budgets and the numbers of Inspections and Enforcements over the Years.
I have personally as an Area Safety Representative witnessed and seen the lack of willingnesses of Environmental Officers to use enforcement notices over the years.
The reason is down to cost it takes 3 Weeks to issue an Enforcement Notice as it is a Legal Document.(Cost Money).
The HSE tactic is to advice company's who are not complying with the Law rather than take legal Action.
So much for the Workers rights New Labour Old Tory
CWU Safety Representatives do a terrific Job within Royal Mail they take the flak from both Management and some of our members.
The fact remains that it is recognized by the TUC where their is a Safety Representative in a Company their is a 50% reduction in accidents