Health and Safety Representative Training

Health and Safety Representative (HSR) Training is designed to provide specific knowledge and skills to participants. DRA Safety Specialists is a WorkSafe Queensland approved provider of the HSR Training Course.

NOTE: HSRs are also required to attend one day HSR training (refresher) courses at least every three years. This requirement commences three years after the initial five-day course has been completed.

5 Day Health and Safety Representative Training

5 Day Health and Safety Representative Training Course Duration

Health and Safety Representative training is 5 days face to face training in the classroom. During this time participants will have access to highly skilled and motivated HSR trainers. These trainers have been in the VET training and assessment environment for over 25 years. The HSR Training course provides an interactive, engaging and supportive learning environment. Having a HSR will assist in providing improvements to health and safety at a workplace.

The primary role of a HSR is to represent the health and safety interests of a work group. Additional duties are to raise any issues with their employer. There can be as many HSRs and deputy HSRs as needed in a business. This can be achieved only after consultation, negotiation and agreement between workers and the employer.

Public Course Full Course (5 Days) – $890
Inhouse Full Course (5 Days) – $9500* +Notes and GST
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NOTE: For group bookings outside our public course schedule or at your location. Please submit your group booking enquiry through the portal for an obligation free quote.

Course Overview

The role of the Health and Safety Representative (HSR) is primarily to liaise with other staff. The HSR can also identify health and safety issues and convey these to management. HSR training is to be provided to workers who are elected by fellow staff to represent the views of the staff group.

The course provides participants with 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 and other work health and safety courses.

HSRs in Queensland are entitled to attend this 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 refresher courses. This training is to be completed at least every three years after the initial five day course has been completed (as per the Work Health and Safety legislation).

Health and Safety Representative Training Course Outline

The key areas covered by this course include:

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

Course Delivery Format
​Courses are delivered in-person at the DRA Safety Specialists training facility or a suitable location in your workplace for group bookings.

Course Inclusions

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

Each Trainee Must Provide the following
– Proof of being at least 18 years of age.
– Have at least a Year 10 level of numeracy, literacy and communication skills.
– The ability to read and write English to complete the exercises set by the Government.

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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.

Once a worker has completed the Health and Safety Representative Training they 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.

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

Once completing the Health and Safety Representative Training the HSRs can 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 Health and Safety Representative Training, it is 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
– 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 training?

HSRs are entitled to attend approved HSR training to help develop the skills needed to effectively carry out their role. It is recommended that HSRs attend their training as soon as possible after being elected. Workers who have not completed the required training are not a HSR and cannot issue PINs or direct the cessation of unsafe work.

Health and Safety Representative Training must be the regulators specific training course, delivered through an approved trainer and training organisation.

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

For more information on Health and Safety Representative Training and other consultation requirements refer to your states Regulator webpage for further information alternatively contact us.

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