The role of Health and safety Representatives (HSRs) is enshrined in health and safety laws across Australia. HSRs have the right to be trained (an initial course) and then receive refresher training on an annual basis. The training itself is approved by the regulator and is designed to enable HSRs to operate effectively within the workplace when using their powers. HSRs have no responsibility (that is, they are not duty holders and have no function in that capacity).
In summary, HSRs can:
Broadly speaking, the HSR may do any of the above only for the purposes of:
The role of the Management Representative (generally taken to be the person who liaises with HSRs) may not be detailed as comprehensively in health and safety legislation but managers are duty holders and there is comprehensive guidance that is summarised below, on what is required of an employer/ management representative;
The knowledge and skills may be obtained via health and safety training programs, general management training, work experience and mentoring programs.
A training needs analysis is a great way of formally identifying what training is required and by whom, within any organisation. Please refer to the HAZCON blog for more information on what this entails.
Further details on specific courses related to HSRs and Employer/ Management Representatives can be found on our website via the following links:
In addition, HAZCON is also able to tailor specific training courses for management and HSRs that focus solely on your health and safety plans and procedures. This forum based training is popular with organisations seeking to implement change that has health and safety implications.
HAZCON personnel are happy to discuss how we can assist your organisation in training both HSRs and Employer/Management Representatives. Please contact us on 1800 429 266 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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