At Leading Safety Training, we deliver Health and Safety Representative Training approved by WorkSafe ACT. Our trainers can deliver the 5-day HSR course onsite or online, live via Teams.
A health and safety representative’s (HSR) role includes identifying health and safety concerns within their work group, consulting with staff on-site, and reporting all safety issues to management. Fellow workers elect work Health and Safety Representatives to represent the work group. A HSR is entitled to undergo the initial five-day training to ensure they are knowledgeable and equipped with all relevant safety knowledge and skills.
Leading Safety Training provides WHS training to ensure that course participants understand their role and are competent as a health and safety representative.
Safety representatives make an invaluable contribution to helping create a safer environment for you, their fellow workers, management and anyone else operating and interacting within their organisation. As a direct result of the position and functions, your business will become more successful due to a reduction in incident rates and other operational disruptions.
Building Safer Workplaces
Leading Safety Training aims to empower representatives to foster safe and healthy working environments in their respective organisations. Through the delivery of the initial HSR training courses, we equip representatives with the valuable knowledge, skill, and awareness necessary to help create an incident and disruption-free workplace in line with safety legislation.
The HSR course provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to fulfil their role as a Health & Safety Representative in the Australian Capital Territory. Leading Safety Training students participate in the initial training course through our RTO Coastal OHS Services. Compliant under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, our expert teachers deliver a WorkSafe ACT approved initial five day training course for those who become an elected HSR for their work group.
What’s Involved in 5 Day HSR Training?
Interpreting the WHS legislative framework and its relationship to the HSR. Identifying key parties, legislative obligations and duties.
Understand WHS legislation, objectives and principles of the WHS Act, identify various elements of the legislative framework. Understand the duties and responsibilities of PCBUs, identify the duties and responsibilities of officers, workers and other parties, and identify the range of enforcement options.
Establishing representation in the workplace
Understand the purpose and formation of work groups, the election process for HSRs/Deputy HSRs and disqualification provisions, the function of a health and safety committee, and the entitlements rights and protections of an elected HSR/Deputy HSR.
Participation in consultation and issues resolution
Understand the nature of the consultation process, identify strategies that support consultation, negotiation skills and strategies to resolve WHS issues, and understand the benefits of effective representation and constructive consultation.
Representing members in WHS risk management process undertaken by the PCBU
Understand duties and responsibilies of PCBUs, how HSRs can use their functions and powers to contribute to risk, understand basic management concepts, identify the PCBU obligations in relation to incident notification, and identify the type of assistance or support inspectors and entry permit holders can provide a HSR.
Issuing of Provisional Improvement Notices and directing the cessation of work
Overview of PINs, the features and contents of a PIN, the range of actions arising once a PIN is issued, and an overview of the right to cease, or direct the cessation of unsafe work.
The training course runs over 5 Days. The course duration is scheduled for 7 hours each day. This applies to both face-to-face & Teams training.
Course assessment of Health and Safety Representation Training is informal.
A HSR training certificate will be issued to all participants who complete the 5-day course. The course is WorkSafe ACT Approved.
The training very much improved my understanding about powers of HSR's and Identifying Hazards.
Good pace, well set out and planned. Not too difficult to follow along and understand.
Practical, very well explained, very well paced.
Effective workgroup activities for learning the Acts and the powers of a HSR
The Presentation, Excellent. Was not boring, Presenter explained things well and clear.
Teaches how safety affects everyone not just your self.
Very understandable, pace was good.
Erik has managed to deliver very dry content in an entertaining and engaging way.
Good Safety is Good for Business
Health and Safety Representative training is an important step in ensuring that your workplace is compliant with the Workplace Health and Safety Act 2011.
Our initial HSR course includes intensive training to develop representatives who become competent over a range of subjects and components pertaining to workplace health and safety.
Trained and informed Health & Safety representatives can drive down costly incidents and improve morale, resulting in better quality and efficiency. A Health and Safety Representative can have a significant impact on achieving benefits to their companies performance.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is a Health and Safety Representative?
A Health and Safety Representative, or HSR, is a worker who has been elected to represent the health and safety interests of their work group.
Work health and safety is critical to any workplace in Australia. The Health and Safety Representative (HSR) training provides a wide range of learning outcomes aimed to identify and address safety issues faced in the workplace.
How Do You Become a Health and Safety Representative?
You become a health and safety representative within your workplace by being elected by the workers in your work group.
As the representative, you can act for and represent people in your work group. The work group members will elect a representative to take on the role of HSR.
Workers only elect a HSR within the workplace after an agreement on the number and make up of work groups has been reached. All work group members are entitled to vote for one or more HSRs and deputy HSRs for a three-year term.
Is Health and Safety Representative Training Mandatory in the ACT?
HSR training is not compulsory, it is an entitlement. However, if an elected HSR requests HSR training a PCBU must comply.
In some states and territories an elected HSR has to have had approved HSR training in order to exercise some of the powers of a HSR.
HSR training is strongly recommended for the sole reason of effective health and safety management.
What are the duties of an elected HSR?
HSRs do NOT have duties under the WHS Act. Instead they have functions and powers.
HSRs can therefore not be held personally liable for anything done in good faith.
HSR functions and powers include:
- Communication between management and work group members
- Identify potential hazards, risks in the workplace
- Conduct health and safety workplace inspections
- Make recommendations regarding health and safety improvements
- Direct unsafe work to cease if they have reason to believe that someone is at imminent risk of a serious injury
- Investigate any incidents
- Monitor WHS measures taken by the PCBU
- Issue a Provisional Improvement Notice (PIN) in the case of a suspected WHS breach
- Attend Health and Safety Committee Meetings
Is there online HSR Training?
WorkSafe ACT has approved our RTO Coastal OHS Services to provide HSR Training courses online via Teams. Courses are delivered in various 5-day blocks or 1-day a week over a 5-week duration. The course must be completed within 6 months of commencement.
What is the cost of the 5-Day Initial HSR Course in the ACT?
The WorkSafe ACT approved Initial 5 Day HSR course fee depends on the number of participants, the format and location of the training. Contact our team for a quote.
We will deliver these courses on-site ANYWHERE in the ACT. Contact us for a quotation.
The Australian Capital Territory
HSR training is delivered through our sister company Coastal OHS Services.
Delivery for groups, onsite or via Teams: POA
Public Courses $979pp (GST Free)