Health and Safety Representatives are entitled to complete the 1-day refresher training each year for the duration of their tenure, following initial training.
This refresher training ensures you provide a safe working environment by maintaining your knowledge and skills of workplace health and safety. The role of a Health and Safety Rep is to represent the working group that elected them and ensure their safety is maintained and concerns are met. This includes liaising with staff and communicating all identified safety concerns to management. Staff elect a HSR who is able to undergo an initial 5-day training course and is entitled to attend a 1-day safety and health rep refresher course every year.
The HSR refresher course is conducted by experts who provide HSR with updates surrounding best practices and legislation.
HSR refresher training NSW is imperative for any business to ensure the safety and satisfaction of staff in the workplace. Your role as a health and safety representative directly impacts the rate of incidents and disruptions in your workplace. This role provides you with the position to make a positive impact on the well-being of your peers and the success of the business. The contributions you make to foster a safer environment will be informed by the up-to-date information you receive as part of your 1-day refresher course and initial course.
Interpreting the WHS legislative framework
Key parties, their legislative obligations and duties
Establishing representation in the workplace
Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs), Health and Safety Committees (HSCs) and other arrangements
Participating in effective consultation
Negotiation, issue resolution and contributing to the minimisation of risks
Monitoring PCBU’s management of WHS risks
Workplace inspections, notifiable incidents and incident investigation
Issuing of Provisional Improvement Notices
Provisional Improvement Notices (PINs) and directing the cessation of unsafe work
The Course runs for 1 day, approximately 6.5 hours.
Assessment for the course is informal
All participants will be issued with an HSR refresher certificate of attendance upon completion.
1-Day HSR Refresher Online or Onsite
The 1-Day Refresher course can be completed face-to-face at one of our locations across the state as well as online via Zoom or on-site anywhere in NSW. We aim to meet the new changes brought about to our personal and professional lives by providing HSR refresher courses through a digital platform. To complete the online course all you will need is a stable internet connection and a webcam.
As a Safework NSW Approved course, our 1-Day safety and health rep refresher course meets the requirements of the Work Health and Safety Regulation (2017). The 1- day course is also optimised to efficiently teach participants all the relevant material within the 6.5-hour time frame.
Safety and Health Rep Refresher FAQ
Why Do I Need to Refresh HSR Training?
At Leading Safety, work health and safety is our priority. After completing the initial health and safety training, you will possess a foundational understanding to maintain and improve the health and safety standards in your place of work. However, as this is a space in which the government, industry and training organisations such as us are reviewing and improving best practices and guidelines, it is important to complete refresher courses after the initial five day course. These safety and health rep refresher course content will ensure you are kept up to date with government and industry changes and are extending your capacity to operate as health and safety representatives. Upon successful completion, the course content will ensure to equip you with a current and informed understanding so you can make the best decisions for your workplace environment.
Can I Complete HSR Training Online?
Absolutely. At Leading Safety, we have upheld our promise to deliver second to none health and safety representative training and now offer it online via Zoom (while still offering SafeWork NSW approved training). We still provide face to face training on site, we have just made it available for those who wish to complete both the initial five day course and safety and health rep refresher courses via Zoom as well.
Is Refresher Training an Essential Requirement in NSW?
Unlike other Australian states, NSW does not have legislation to make it mandatory to have a Health and Safety Representative or undergo refresher training after the initial course. In other states, Queensland for example, election of a Health and Safety Representative is mandatory.
However, safety representative HSR members still serve a purpose and are relied on in NSW. In NSW, a worker can request for a HSR where work groups are assembled to elect a representative. After this, the PCBU communicates with the HSR directly. Although it is not mandatory, HSR training and refresher courses are strongly recommended to be completed by an individual in your workplace to ensure effective health and safety management within your workplace.
What Are the Duties of a Health & Safety Representative?
- Give recommendations in regard to health and safety issues
- Perform routine inspections in line with safety framework
- Represent work group and their interests and concerns
- Attend Health and Safety Committee Meetings
- Utilise channels of communication between management, work group and PCBU
- Conduct health and safety audits
- Directing unsafe work to cease if they believe that an individual is at risk
- In the event of a WHS breach, issue a Provisional Improvement Notice (PIN
- Thoroughly Investigate any incidents or health and safety issues
- Identify potential hazards, risks and dangers in the workplace
What Does HSR Stand For and What Do They Do?
HSR is the common abbreviation for Health and Safety Representatives. Representatives are elected workers who are responsible with representing the health and safety interests of their work group. Communication is a central component to health and safety representation and as such the majority of training covers communicating with business owners, workers, managers and others concerned with workplace health and safety.
Do I Need to Attend the Representative Refresher Every Year?
Although not overly complicated, it is essential as a HSR that you understand your role, safety framework and legislation and effective methods of communication to make a positive difference to your workplace. Our 1-day HSR refresher course is vital in updating your knowledge and skills attained. As an HSR, you are entitled to attend a 1-day refresher course during your term. Our refresher course is delivered by facilitators with extensive experience and qualifications in safety training from relevant industries.