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Do Your Health Safety Representative Training Course With Us!

On January 1, 2012 the new National Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act 2011 came in to play. The HSR course is intended to assist Health Safety Representatives (HSRs) and Deputy HSRs understand how the WHS legislation will influence health and safety outcomes in their workplace. The HSR training course aims to familiarise participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to fulfil their role as Health and Safety Representatives within organisations as set down in the NEW National Harmonisation legislation as detailed in section 72 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.

HSRs are elected representatives, established under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011. HSRs play an important role facilitating health and safety information between workers and a Person conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU).

HSRs represent workers on health and safety matters through ongoing consultation and cooperation between workers of a work group and a PCBU. HSRs have the powers and functions to:

  1. represent workers in a work group on work health and safety (WHS) matters
  2. monitor WHS actions taken by the PCBU
  3. investigate WHS complaints from workers of the work group
  4. look into anything that might be a risk to the WHS of the workers they represent.

By completing the HSR training, they can exercise additional powers:

  1. to direct unsafe work to stop when they have a reasonable concern that carrying out the work would expose a worker of their work group to a serious risk
  2. to issue a ‘Provisional Improvement Notice’ (PIN) when they reasonably believe there is a contravention of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (WHS Act).

Target Audience
Workers have been elected as Health and Safety Representatives for their workplace.  This course is also suitable for supervisors and managers who have a responsibility for the safety of workers.

If you are an elected HSR, you are eligible to attend this training at the expense of their employer under Section 21 of the WHS Regulations.

Course Outcomes
The aims of this course are to provide HSRs and deputy HSRs, elected under the new WHS legislation, with information and skills relating to:

  1. Interpreting the work health and safety legislative framework and its relationship to the HSR
  2. Identifying key parties and their legislative obligations and duties
  3. Establishing representation in the workplace
  4. Participating in consultation and issue resolution
  5. Representing members in the WHS risk management process undertaken by the PCBU
  6. Issuing a Provisional Notice (PIN) and directing the Cessation of Work.