1 Day Health and Safety Representative Refresher Training

This 1 Day Health and Safety Representative Refresher Training course is designed to renew the knowledge and skills that the H&S Representative attained during their initial five day HSR training course. This will assist them in with ensuring the business improves health and safety at the workplace.

DRA Safety Specialists is a WorkSafe Queensland approved provider of this course, which is compliant under the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 (Qld).

NOTE: HSRs in Queensland are entitled to attend one day health and safety representative refresher training courses at least every three years, commencing three years after the initial five day course has been completed (as per  Section 21 of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 (QLD)).

Health and Safety Representative Refresher Training

1 Day Health and Safety Representative Refresher Training Course Overview

The role of the Health and Safety Representative (HSR) is primarily to liaise with other staff in the organisation to identify health and safety issues and convey these to management. HSRs are elected by fellow staff to represent the views of the staff group.

This 1 Day Health and Safety Representative Refresher Training course provides participants with an update of the knowledge and skills necessary to fulfil their role as a Health and Safety Representative (HSR) in Queensland. DRA Safety Specialists is a WorkSafe Queensland approved provider of this course, which is compliant under the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 (Qld).

HSRs in Queensland are entitled to attend this WorkSafe Queensland approved five day training course within three months of being elected as the HSR. Employers are required to allow the HSR to take paid time off work to attend this training and pay for training costs. Likewise, HSRs are also entitled to attend one day Health and Safety Representative Refresher Training course at least every three years after the initial five day course has been completed (as per the Work Health and Safety legislation).

At the successful completion of the training the participant will receive a health and safety representative certificate as proof of attaining this certification.

Course Outline

The key areas covered by this Health and Safety Representative Refresher Training course include:

  • Overview of the WHS legislative framework.
  • Duties of various parties including the health and safety representative role.
  • Key WHS terminology.
  • The role of WHSQ and penalties for non‐compliance.
  • Requirements and mechanisms for consultation in the workplace on work health and safety issues.
  • The role, entitlements and protections available for HSRs and Health and Safety Committees (HSCs).
  • Resolving workplace health and safety issues through negotiation and conflict resolution and the provision of work health and safety courses.
  • Identifying hazards and ways in which they can be eliminated or minimised.
  • Incident notification and investigation.
  • Issuing Provisional Improvement Notices (PINs) and directing unsafe work to cease.

Cost

Refresher (1 Day) – $390.
In house Refresher (1 Day) – $1900* + Notes and GST.
*travel costs may apply outside of the Gold Coast.

For group bookings outside our public course schedule or at your location, please submit your group booking inquiry through the portal for an obligation free quote.

Course Inclusions

Training conducted by one of our experienced WHS industry practitioner with over 25 years of strong knowledge of relevant legislation and Codes of Practice.
Practical and theoretical activities to assist the health and safety representative refresher training.
Participant notes and a full copy of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.

Each Trainee Must

  • Have successfully completed a Worksafe Queensland approved 5 day initial Health and Safety Representative training course in accordance with the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 within the last three years, or
  • Completed a Health and Safety Representative Refresher Training course in the past last three years.
  • Provide proof of being at least 18 years of age.
  • Have at least a Year 10 level of numeracy, literacy and communication skills.
  • Have the ability to read and write English.

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How can elected Health and Safety Representatives (HSR) assist with consultation?

Although supervisors are the main point of contact for workers to discuss health and safety matters, and supervisors required to consult with workers. The HSRs can assist by providing a vehicle for consultation and a mechanism for workers to raise, have input into and resolve health and safety issues.

HSRs can assist as they:
– are likely to understand the views and concerns of the worker and/or workgroup;
– are likely to have a good understanding of how to report a safety issue including through the health and safety Online Reporting System,
– are likely to have a good understanding of the legislative requirements through their attendance at approved training courses;
– have specific powers under the WHS Act when elected in the role which enables them to:
– monitor the measures taken by the Supervisor/Person in control of the area/activity to resolve an issue;
– investigate complaints from members of the workgroup relating to work health and safety;
– enquire into anything that appears to be a risk to the health or safety of workers (e.g. unsafe work practices) and to be involved in incident investigations.

Elected Health and Safety Representatives may also choose to be a member of the health and safety Committee.

Being a member of the committee will complement the role as it allows the HSR to be involved in health and safety matters across the whole business, rather than just the workgroup.

To maintain their appointment as an elected HSR they must attend Health and Safety Representative Refresher Training every three years.

What powers and functions do elected Health and Safety Representatives (HSR) have?

To assist HSRs represent their workgroup on health and safety matters, HSRs can:
– inspect the workplace at any time after giving reasonable notice or at any time without notice if there is an incident or immediate risk;
– investigate complaints on health, safety or welfare made by members of the workgroup;
– raise any issue affecting the health, safety or welfare of members of the workgroup;
– have access to information about hazards and risks to health and safety that may arise, in any work or from any plant or substances;
– be consulted about proposed changes to the work, the workplace, plant or substances used, which may affect the health, safety or welfare of workers;
– be consulted about policies, practices and procedures on health, safety and welfare, and on any proposed changes to these;
– be provided with facilities and assistance to enable them perform their functions;
– accompany an inspector during an inspection of the workplace at which a worker in the workgroup works;
– with the consent of worker(s) that the HSR represents, be present at an interview concerning WHS between:
– the worker(s) and a inspector; or
– the employer or the person’s representative;
– receive information concerning the WHS of workers in the workgroup;
– where necessary, request the assistance of any person.

After receiving approved training, HSRs can:
– direct the cessation of work where there is a serious or imminent risk to a member of their workgroup;
– issue provisional improvement notices (PINs) to address a contravention of the WHS Act.

Are elected Health and Safety Representatives (HSR) entitled to an allowance?

No, HSRS act in a voluntary capacity representing their workgroup on health and safety issues. There is no allowance for undertaking HSR duties however HSRs and deputy HSRs are entitled to undertake training. All reasonable costs of attending the course and all time to attend the training must be paid by the business.

Any time that a HSR spends for the purposes of exercising their powers or performing their functions including training must be with the pay that their would otherwise be entitled to receive for performing their normal duties during that period.

How are Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs) and Deputies elected?

The first step is to form a workgroup and then call for nominations for health and safety representatives. Workgroups must be agreed through negotiation by management with workers, and workers’ representatives (for example, union representatives) must be involved in these negotiations if asked by a worker.

Negotiations should determine:
– the number and composition of workgroups to be represented by health and safety representatives;
– the number of health and safety representatives and deputy health and safety representatives (if any) to be elected; and
– the work areas to which the workgroups will apply.

It is recommended that larger workgroups be considered, and multiple HSRs be elected to represent the workgroup.

As Deputy HSRs have the same entitlement to training and Health and Safety Representative Refresher Training. It is also recommended that sufficient numbers of HSRs be elected to represent a workgroup rather than electing Deputy HSRs. Depending on the numbers of nominations, an election may need to held by the workgroup.

Can I resign as Health and Safety Representatives (HSR)?

Yes, a HSR can resign from the HSR role at any time. HSRs will also need to stand aside if:

– they cease to be a worker in the workgroup for which he or she was elected as a HSR; or
– the person is disqualified through a Court or tribunal from acting as a health and safety representative; or
– the person is removed from that position by a majority of the members of the workgroup signing a written declaration that the HSR should no longer represent the workgroup.

What can I do if my work area is not covered by an HSR?

If the current Health and Safety Representative (HSR) network in your business does not cover your area, talk to your supervisor / management . Your area may be covered, or there may be the opportunity to revise the workgroup to ensure your area has representation. Workers in the workgroup must be advised on variations.

How do I book into (HSR) Health and Safety Representative Refresher Training?

HSRs are entitled to attend approved Health and Safety Representative Refresher Training help maintain the skills needed to effectively carry out their role. It is recommended that HSRs attend their training as soon as possible after their expiry date. Workers who have not completed the required Health and Safety Representative Refresher Training are not a HSR and cannot issue PINs or direct the cessation of unsafe work.

Where can I find more information on health and safety Consultation requirements?

Refer to your states Regulator webpage for further information on Health and Safety Representative Refresher Training alternatively contact us.

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