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.
SafeWork SA - www.safework.sa.gov.au
Legislation SA www.legislation.sa.gov.au
Work Health and Safety Act 2012