This five day HSR Training Gladstone course conducted over 5 packed days in our modern classrooms is specifically for you as an elected Health and Safety Representative. In your role to represent the health and safety interests / issues of your work group our HSR training course, held in Gladstone on a regular public schedule, is approved under section 21 of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011.
Health and safety for all teams on site continues to be so important and our trainers are approved, through WorkSafe Queensland, to deliver you an engaging value added learning experience based on their substantial industry knowledge and insights in a collaborative and interactive classroom environment to ensure you develop the capabilities to confidently fulfil your HSR role.
During this approved 5 Day training for HSR’s you will learn about:
- The WHS legislative framework; obligations and duties;
- WHS representation in the workplace with HSR’s, Health and Safety Committees (HSCs) and more;
- Effective consultation – issue resolution and how to contribute to risk minimisation eg with workplace inspections, notifiable incidents and investigation.
- Workplace culture, consultation, issuing Provisional Improvement Notices (PINs) and ceasing unsafe work.
- UOC: WHSQHSRNCB01 - Health and Safety Representative
- Cost: From $POA
- Duration: 5 Days
- Funding Available
At Harness, we deliver an engaging and collaborative five day HSR Health Safety Representative training course from our conveniently located training facility in Gladstone. This government-approved course teaches you all the skills and knowledge required to act within the requirements of this position, including undertaking workplace inspections, reviewing circumstances of workplace incidents and issuing provisional improvement notices (PIN’s).
As a Health and Safety Representative, your role is to represent the health and safety interests of a particular work group making you the conduit for the workgroup into the organisation for all things health and safety. To deliver in your new HSR role you are required to attend the approved training course as identified within the WHS Act.
Our approved 5 Day HSR Training course is run by experienced WHS trainers in a highly collaborative and interactive way so you gain real benefits from the learning experience. Our course will teach you the skills and knowledge to help you make a difference in your workplace in relation to this important WHS area. Our instructors bring real WHS hands-on experience across varied industries that will help you get the most learning from the key course content including; WHS legislative framework, key parties, obligations and duties; Establishing representation; HSR Role, Health & Safety Committees (HSCs); Participating in Effective Consultation; Monitoring PCBU’s Management of Work Health and Safety Risks; Workplace Culture, PIN’s.
This first day of HSR training includes topics such as:
- Importance of effective management of work health and safety (WHS)
- Historical context and evolution of work health and safety legislation and practice to provide context for the role of HSR’s
- Objectives of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (WHS Act) and key elements of the legislative framework
- Role and functions of the Work Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) in safety compliance
- Safe work approach to work health and safety issues as presented in WHS legislation
- Key parties, within an organisation, and their legislative obligations and duties under WHS legislation
- Range of penalties for offences for non-compliance as applied under the WHS legislation.
Today, you will learn to:
- Describe the nature of the consultation process with workers as required of the primary PCBU by the WHS Act.
- Outline the purpose and formation of a workgroup (or workgroups) within the workplace and the process and formation of multiple business workgroups.
- Summarise the election process for Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs), Deputy HSRs and disqualification provisions.
- Explain the role and responsibilities of a Health and Safety Committee (HSC) and other mechanisms for representation.
- Explain the entitlements, rights and protections of an elected HSR and deputy HSR
Day Three focuses your learning around issue resolution and contributing to the minimisation of risks. This entails:
- Understand processes for consultation with workers as required by the WHS Act.
- Identify a range of strategies that support consultation, problems, solving steps and issue resolution.
- Negotiation skills and strategies to resolve work health and safety issues.
- Conflict resolution skills and strategies to represent a work group and consult with the PCBU.
- Demonstrate practical skills of how a HSR can represent workers.
Today the focus is around workplace inspections, notifiable incidents and incident investigation. This includes discussion and group activities to understand:
- How HSRs can use their powers and functions to contribute to risk management activities in the workplace.
- The PCBUs obligations in relation to incident notification.
- The type of assistance or support inspectors and WHS entry permit holders can provide a HSR.
On the final day’s HSR training, you will focus on all things around workplace culture, practical consultation, issuing of Provisional Improvement Notices (PINs) and ceasing unsafe work. Specifically, this involves:
- Understand the importance of workplace culture.
- Initiate, facilitate and undertake practical consultation strategies.
- Provide an overview of PINs including an understanding the features and contents of a PIN.
- Identify the range of actions arising once a PIN is issued and identify who would take these actions.
- Provide an overview of the right to cease, or direct the cessation of, unsafe work.
Participants who successfully complete this course receive a WorkSafe Queensland Health and Safety Representative Refresher Training Statement of Attendance. This Statement is issued by Harness Energy (RTO 40521)
You will need to provide a laptop for this training course. Also review the important requirements that apply across all courses.
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Frequently Asked Questions
To provide a conduit and voice within an organisation for the health and safety needs of the work group to the employers. This is required training for those who have been assigned the role of Health and Safety Representative. While other arrangements can be made to represent workers, the HSR approach is well regarded as a key mechanism to fulfil this obligation. It is a legal obligation to have work representation for WHS.
HSR training is well respected, as it really helps HSR’s fulfil their role in representing the WHS interests of their work group and it is with this training that the functions and activities of HSR’s can be undertaken.
Becoming a HSR plays a key role in work health and safety (WHS) in the workplace with your main function being to represent the members of your workgroup in relation to matters and decisions on work health and safety. You can be a HSR, but you are not expected to be the person responsible for health and safety in the workplace, nor are you expected to be an expert on work health and safety issues but you would advocate for the workers within your work group. The full role is explained in the legislation Work Health and Safety Act 2011 – Queensland Legislation . A good understanding of HSR roles are explained here: Health and safety representatives and health and safety committees | WorkSafe.qld.gov.au
Work groups, as requested under section 50, exist to facilitate the representation of workers in the work group by 1 or more health and safety representatives and may be across 1 or more workplaces. Work groups are usually organised by the roles, physical area or department people do so that the HSR is better able to represent their needs in common. There can be as many HSRs and deputy HSRs as needed by your organisation after consultation, negotiation and agreement between workers and the ‘persons conducting a business or undertaking’ (PCBU).
Therefore as a HSR, you generally operate the role in relation to your own work group, but you can be supporting a different group if:
- There is a serious risk to health or safety (created by an immediate hazard) affecting workers from another work group.
- A worker in another work group asks for the HSR’s assistance, and the HSR for that other work group is found to be unavailable.
Is this Harness HSR training content compliant with Work Health & Safety Act 2011 (QLD) Requirements?
Yes – our HSR Course is the approved 5 Day Training for HSR’s as covered in Section 21 of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011. HSR’s are elected for 3 years (section 64 Work Health and Safety Act 2011) and if you are newly elected, you must complete this initial 5 day training within 3 months from the day after being elected into the role by your workgroup (section 21 (2)(a) Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011).
A notifiable incident, under the WHS Act, means: The death of a person; or A serious injury or illness of a person; or a dangerous incident.
Special requirements and actions apply in relation to HSR’s in this context. As a HSR, you should be advised of a notifiable incident so they can represent the workers in their work group for example by monitoring and through to investigating complaints or concerns from work group members that may be a risk to the health or safety of workers and potentially direct unsafe work to cease.
The HSR may issue a PIN if there is reasonable belief that the person has contravened a provision of the legislation and this requires there to be a reasonable belief combined with enough information or some appropriate evidence to support or validate the belief. However, a HSR has obligations that they have to fulfil first including consultation and opportunities to remediate and are covered in more detail as part of the HSR Training.
If you are a Health and Safety Representative for your organisation, you are required to do a specially designed HSR Refresher course every 3 years – View HSR Refresher Course
General information to review is provided here:
- General info – Health and safety representatives and health and safety committees | WorkSafe.qld.gov.au
- Training related. – Health and safety representative training | WorkSafe.qld.gov.au
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