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Health & Safety Representative Training

Health & Safety Representative Training

Service Summary

The 5 day Health & Safety Representative HSR training course is designed to provide Health & Safety Representative’s (HSR’S) with knowledge and skills to assist HSR’s in their role under the new WHS legislation.

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The Health & Safety Representative course is divided into 5 sessions covering important aspects of the role and powers of elected HSR’s as detailed in the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.

Day 1. Work Health and Safety Framework

  • Work Health and Safety and evolution of WHS legislation
  • WHS framework and key terminology
  • Duty holders and their duties
  • Introduction to the role and function of HSR’s and WHS entry permit holders
  • Role and function of SafeWork NSW and Penalties under the WHS Act


Day 2: Consultation, Representation and Participation

  • Consultation requirements and arrangements in the workplace
  • Roles and responsibilities of HSR’s in consultation
  • Role of Health and Safety Committees
  • HSR’s rights entitlements and protections
  • Exceptions from obligations and the review process


Day 3: Role of the HSR in Issue Resolution and minimising risks

  • Effective consultation and communication
  • Investigating complaints , negotiation issues resolution and problem solving
  • Monitoring and review of risk controls and the role of the HSR


Day 4: Inspections, Notifiable Incidents and Incident Investigation

  • Workplace inspection and recording findings – practical
  • Hazard identification prompt list
  • Sample workplace inspection checklist
  • Notifiable incidents
  • Incident investigation techniques – practical


Day 5: Provisional Improvement Notices (PIN’s) and ceasing unsafe work

  • Purpose and function of PIN’s
  • Role and requirements for HSR’s to issue PIN’s and process for issuing a PIN
  • Directing unsafe work to cease and alternatives to PIN’s or ceasing unsafe work
  • Course Summary and Evaluation
  • Course Review
  • Continuous learning
  • Course Evaluation

This training course is primarily for those participants who are elected Health and Safety Representatives (HSR’s) under the WHS Act.

The face to face training is for 5 days and includes a balanced content of theory and class participation through the examination of case studies, open discussions and practical applications. Course content is approved by SafeWork NSW, and conforms to the Work Health and Safety Act. The course is delivered by SafeWork NSW approved trainers and is nationally recognised. Students are required to arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the course commencement or will entry will be refused.

As a Health and Safety Representative (HSR) or deputy HSR for your workgroup, you are entitled under the WHS legislation to request training which includes a five day initial training course and then one year after completion of the initial training, annual refresher training for each year of your term of office.

Once enrolled, Healthcorp will email students a Health and Safety Representative booking confirmation with venue details and maps, course requirements, terms of enrolment and online workbook instructions.