Health and safety representatives (HSRs) are important in the workplace. Worker representation provides a means for facilitating consultation, involving workers and giving them a voice in health and safety matters. The Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act recognises that workplaces have better health and safety outcomes when workers have input before decisions are made about health and safety matters that affect them.
HSRs facilitate the flow of information about health and safety between the business and the workers.
They monitor the health and safety actions taken by the business (or other PCBU), investigate workers' complaints and look into anything that might be a risk to the health and safety of the workers they represent.
If a HSR has completed approved HSR training they can also direct unsafe work to stop when they have a reasonable concern that carrying out the work would expose a worker to a serious risk.
HSRs can also issue a ‘Provisional improvement notice’ (PIN) when they reasonably believe there is a contravention of the Act.
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