Do employees have any protection from detriment in connection with consultation on health and safety matters?

Yes. Under s.44 of the Employment Rights Act 1996, an employee who suffers detriment because of anything reasonable that he or she does in connection with health and safety matters can complain to an employment tribunal and claim unlimited compensation. An employee can also make a claim if he or she is penalised by the employer for participation in an election for employee safety representatives, because he or she has been a candidate in such an election, or because of his or her actions as such a representative. This protection applies regardless of the employee's length of service.