Health Safety Representative Training

WHSQ approved Health Safety Representative (HSR) training is mandatory for elected or selected personnel who wish to represent health and safety interest of workers within their workgroup for a person conducting or undertaking (PCBU) but understanding the roles and responsibilities of a Health Safety Representative (HSR) can be difficult.

That’s why were here to break it down for you and help you understand your Health Safety Representative training requirements.

In Short…

As a HSR, your role is to promote the health and safety of workers in your work group. Powers and functions allow you to effectively represent the interest of workers and contribute to WHS matters.

Health Safety Representative Training means that HSR’s can perform actions such as:

  • Inspecting the workplace

  • Accompanying the inspector during an investigation

  • Initiating emergency stop work procedures (if trained) 

  • Issuing provisional improvements notices (PINs) (if trained)

Roles and responsibilites of HSR

  • Using powers and functions accordingly

  • Represents members of your work group in a proffessional manner

  • Initiating emergency stop work procedures (if trained) 

  • Issuing provisional improvements notices (PINs) (if trained)

The benefits of having a HSR:

  • A safe space for workers to raise any WHS concerns that they might have

  • Trained in consultation and communication, effective skills for any workplace

  • Initiating emergency stop work procedures (if trained) 

  • Issuing provisional improvements notices (PINs) (if trained)

A Provisonal Improvement Notice or otherwise know as a “PIN” is written direction that requires health and safety issues to be remedied. A PIN can be issued by the HSR if they feel like there is a breached provision of the Act.

RTO’s (Registered Training Organisation) that offer WHSQ approved HSR training have been reviewed by Workplace Health and Safety QLD to ensure that they meet all contractual obligations stated by WHSQ. WHSQ approved providers follow a set structure mandated by the regulator to maintain quality training.

From 1st February 2019, WHSQ announced that all HSRs must undertake approved training courses within three months of their election; unless a training course is not available within this period. If an HSR chooses not to attend the training within this period, then they are no longer eligible to fulfil the role of HSR and will need to be replaced.

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