HSR – Health & Safety Representative Training

Course code: HSR TWMBA
Investment: $750.00
Duration: 5 Day Course
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Toowoomba city library 24 August - 28 August 2020
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Toowoomba city library 28 September - 2 October 2020
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Toowoomba city library 26 October - 30 October 2020
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Toowoomba city library 23 November - 27 November 2020
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Toowoomba city library 24 August - 28 August 2020
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(6 places available)
Toowoomba city library 28 September - 2 October 2020
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Toowoomba city library 26 October - 30 October 2020
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(10 places available)
Toowoomba city library 23 November - 27 November 2020
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Course Details

Reviews

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.

An elected HSR is entitled to perform the following tasks for the work group:

  • 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 the 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).