NHS Health Scotland
Outcome Indicators

2.3, 2.4, 2.5

Activities to communicate information about workplace legislation should be targeted at the whole working age population (this includes workers, managers and service provider staff).


Policy Note



Increasing knowledge and awareness of current legislation among the working age population will lead to improved understanding of legal requirements to protect and support individuals and workplaces, and to behaviour change among individuals, key stakeholders in workplaces, and service provider staff supporting individuals and workplaces.

Increasing knowledge and awareness of the rights of individuals in the workplace will enable and empower individuals to seek support and engage with services. This will be of particular importance in non-unionised workplaces. This will also increase knowledge and understanding of individual rights and responsibilities in the workplace and the importance of worker engagement in the health and wellbeing agenda.

There was a limited amount of review level evidence available in sources identified to date[1,2] that of an association between the intermediate outcomes in Logic Model 2 (Knowledge and Awareness) and the activity of communication regarding workplace legislation.

There is evidence that worker involvement in workplace policy development (in line with current legislation) results in more effective policies and interventions.[1, 2]


Scottish policy note:

Much of the policy and legislation which provides the context and structures for the Health Works agenda is reserved to the UK Government and applies Great Britain-wide and is therefore outside the direct control of Scottish Government policy. A range of relevant Scottish and UK policy initiatives are illustrated in the Scottish Government Health and Work Continuum (pg 66).


  1. Cox A, O’Regan S, Denvir A, Broughton A, Pearmain D, Tyers C, Hillage J (2008). What works in delivering improved health and safety outcomes. Health and Safety Executive Research Report RR654.

  2. Hill D, Lucy D, Tyers C, James L (2007). What works at work? Review of evidence assessing the effectiveness of workplace interventions to prevent and manage common health problems. The Stationary Office: Leeds.