Why Choose Harness?

Harness is a leader in safety training and a major player in labour hire across a diverse range of mid-high risk environments and industries. With over a decade of operation, zero non-conformance issues since our inception as a Registered Training Organisation, we now train over 8,000 personnel each year – consistently supplying our clients with compliant, well-trained and safe employees. Through our rigorous training and passionate instructors, it is our vision to prevent fatalities and injuries, minimise down-time and reduce associated costs to individuals, to families, and to businesses.

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Date Time Location Available Spaces Cost
25 - 29 October 2021 08:00 am - 04:30 pm BRISBANE 8
Date Time Location Available Spaces Cost
22 - 26 November 2021 08:00 am - 04:30 pm TOOWOOMBA 6
13 - 17 December 2021 08:00 am - 04:30 pm TOOWOOMBA 7
Date Time Location Available Spaces Cost
25 - 29 October 2021 08:00 am - 04:30 pm BRISBANE 8
Date Time Location Available Spaces Cost
22 - 26 November 2021 08:00 am - 04:30 pm TOOWOOMBA 6
13 - 17 December 2021 08:00 am - 04:30 pm TOOWOOMBA 7


Harness offers a five day Health Safety Representative (HSR) training course which covers 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. 

A HSR represents the health and safety interests of a work group. There can be as many HSRs and deputy HSRs as needed, after consultation, negotiation and agreement between workers and the persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU).

From 1 February 2019, all HSRs must undertake the relevant approved training course within three months of their election unless a training course is not reasonably available within this period. Existing HSRs, who have not already completed the training, must complete the training within the required period. If a worker chooses not to undertake the training within the time period, they will no longer be eligible to fulfill the role of HSR and will need to be replaced

HSRs and deputy HSRs can ask a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) to attend approved courses.

The PCBU must give HSRs paid time off to attend a course and pay the course costs and reasonable expenses, within three months of the request.

A HSR can only issue a provisional improvement notice (PIN) if they have attended an approved training course.

Training courses approved under section 21 of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011, are:

  • an initial five day training course
  • a one day refresher course at least every three years. The entitlement to refresher training begins three years after the initial training.

The role of a HSR

The role of a HSR is generally limited to their own work group unless:

  • 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.

Learning Outcomes:

Learning Methods:

The mode of delivery for this course is face to face in a classroom environment as well as significant practical elements outside of the classroom. 

In the delivery of this course, our trainers focus on providing an individualised adult learning environment that considers the learner’s experience and employment history. 

Theory is presented in a supportive learner centered environment designed to provide functional theoretical knowledge that is directly applicable to real world tasks.

Learning materials provided include the Harness student handbook and participants will be advised in advance of attending the course if there are any materials to be provided by them.

The assessment for this course has been designed to assess the individual to the Australian Qualification Framework, relevant Training Package, Australian and Industry expectations, as well as Commonwealth and State Legislation. 

Course Content

Throughout the Harness course our trainers will cover off the below operations ensuring a comprehensive understanding of both practical and theoretical elements. 

What tasks is an elected HSR entitled to perform and what will I learn in this course? 
  • Undertake workplace inspections 
  • Review the circumstances of workplace incidents 
  • Accompany a WHSQ inspector during an inspection 
  • Represent the work group in health and safety matters 
  • Attend an interview about health and safety matters with a worker from the work group (with consent of the worker) 
  • Request that a health and safety committee be established 
  • Participate in a health and safety committee 
  • Monitor compliance measures 
  • Investigate work health and safety complaints from work group members 
  • Inquire into any risk to the health and safety of workers in the work group 
  • Issue provisional improvement notices and direct a worker to cease unsafe work (where the HSR has completed the approved training) 

Contact us on  1800 HARNESS ( 61 7 3292 0700) or email admin@harnessenergy.com.au today to find out more!

You can view our terms and conditions and student handbook here before making a decision to train with us.