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).
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.
The key areas covered by this Health and Safety Representative Refresher Training course include the information from the 5 day course. Some of the key topics are:
- Duties of various parties including the health and safety representative role.
- 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.
Refresher (1 Day) – $390.
In house Refresher (1 Day) – $1900* + Notes and GST.
*travel costs may apply outside of the Gold Coast.
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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.
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.
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.