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A health and safety representative (HSR) is elected by their work group to represent workers in work health and safety (WHS) matters. HSRs have powers under the Work Health and Safety Act 2020.
A trained HSR has powers to represent their work group in WHS matters and can:
An HSR can only use these powers for the work group they represent, unless the HSR for another work group at the workplace is unavailable and:
An HSR is not personally liable for anything done or omitted in good faith while performing their role.
To exercise all their powers and perform all their functions a health and safety representative (HSR) and deputies must attend a five-day initial training course approved by the Work Health and Safety Commission.
The PCBU must allow an HSR to attend this course, and pay course fees and other reasonable costs. The HSR is entitled to their usual pay while they attend the course.
The PCBU must:
It is an offence to discriminate against an HSR for any action they take while performing their role, or to threaten them to discourage them from exercising a power.
A PIN is a written notice a trained HSR can issue to a person, requiring them to address a WHS issue. The HSR must consult with the person before they issue a PIN.
A trained HSR may direct a worker in their work group to cease work if the HSR has a reasonable concern that doing the work would expose the worker to a serious risk arising from an immediate or imminent exposure to a hazard.
Before issuing the direction, the HSR must consult with the workers’ PCBU to attempt to resolve the matter.
Consulting with the PCBU does not apply if the risk is so serious, immediate or imminent that there is no time. In this case, the HSR must consult as soon as practicable after giving the direction to cease work.
The HSR must always inform the PCBU of any direction to cease unsafe work.
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