Health & Safety Representatives

The Work Health and Safety Act 2012 states that a group of workers may elect a person to represent them on health and safety issues. 
The group of workers is called the work group and the person they elect to represent them is called a health and safety representative (HSR).

 

To help Health and Safety Representatives efficiently carry out their role they are governed by legal rights. HSRs may:
·       inspect the workplace
·       accompany an inspector during a workplace inspection
·       listen to, and investigate, any worker concerns about safety issues
·       be present at interviews concerning WHS investigation
·       discuss health and safety matters with person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU)
·       be consulted on policies, procedures and any proposed workplace changes in the working environment
·       access workplace information about hazards, policies and procedures
·       *issue a provisional improvement notice if a matter has not be satisfactorily resolved in reasonable time
·       *direct work to stop if there is an immediate threat to the health and safety of workers
·       request for an establishment of a Health and Safety Committee
·       attend necessary training without the loss of any remuneration
·       be notified of any work related injuries

*Note:- the HSR MUST have completed their initial prescribed training before exercising this entitlement.

 

It is not the role of a HSR to:
·       train other staff
·       develop health and safety policies and procedures
·       fix safety problems in the workplace

 

Term of Office for a Health and Safety Representative
HSRs are elected for a three year term and are entitled to attend 10 days training over the three years at an Approved Training Provider (ATP) of their choice.

HSR Level 1 (5 days) – first year of term
HSR Level 2 (3 days) – second year of term
HSR Level 3 (2 days) – third year of term.

A person ceases to be a health and safety representative for a work group if that person:
            - completes a term of office 
            - cease to belong to the relevant work group
            - resigns as a HSR      

When a Health and Safety Representative has been elected they MUST inform Safework SA of their position. Notifying Safework SA is as easy as lodging a Notification Of Election form.

 

Acknowledgements:
SafeWork SA - www.safework.sa.gov.au

Legislation SA www.legislation.sa.gov.au

Work Health and Safety Act 2012