The Work Health and Safety Act 2011 allows for Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs) and Health and Safety Committees (HSCs) as part of consultation arrangements. This three day course provides the knowledge and skills required to assist HSRs and Committee members in effectively fulfilling their roles. Training incorporates multiple group work activities and a practical activity to undertake a workplace inspection at a local workplace, enabling participants to put their knowledge and skills into action. Furthermore relevant case studies, DVD clips and participant’s own workplace policies, procedures and WHS documentation are utilised during the training to enhance relevance. Trainer’s are experienced WHS professionals, SafeWork NSW approved  trainers and WHS management systems auditors, so they bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the learning environment.

Course Outline

  • WHS Legislation Overview/Key Changes
  • WHS Duty Holders (Definitions and Responsibilities)
    – PCBU
    – Worker
    – Others
    – Officers
  • Systematic management of WHS
  • Components of a WHSMS
  • Barriers to effective workplace health and safety
  • What is Reasonably Practicable
  • Due Diligence Requirements
  • Australian WHS Statistics
  • Functions of the Regulator
  • Offences and Penalties
  • Nature of Consultation as required by law
  • Consultation Arrangements
  • Effective and meaningful consultation
  • Inductions, Training and Competency
  • Health and Safety Representatives Powers and Functions
  • Investigating/inquiring into WHS issues
  • Cessation of unsafe work
  • Health & Safety Committees
    – Functions of the committee, Roles of members including chairperson, secretary and PCBU representatives
  • HSC Constitution/Terms of Reference
  • Helpful Meeting Skills
  • Agendas and Minutes
  • Problem Solving
  • WHS Issue Resolution
  • Assisting with and reviewing policies, e.g. the WHS Policy
  • Notifiable Incidents
  • Injury statistics
  • WHS Programs
  • Risk Management
    – Hazard identification, Risk assessment, Risk control, Time frames for action
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Contractor Management
  • Workplace Inspection Checklists
  • Workplace Inspection Off Site Activity
  • Workplace Inspection Schedule
  • Planning an Annual Safety Schedule of Safety Activities/Reviews/Drills/etc.
  • Incident Investigation, Causes of Incidents Theories, Root Cause Analysis
  • Leading and Lagging Indicators
  • WHS Positive Performance Indicators

HSRs and HSCs provide an effective way for the PCBU to meet their obligation to consult with workers on work health and safety matters. They are valuable resources in promoting health and safety information to workers. They play an active role in assisting the PCBU to protect workers against risks. They assist in developing a stronger commitment to safety from workers by involving them in decisions on how to manage risks and getting timely resolution of health and safety issues.


Obligation free quotes are provided for group bookings per organisation depending on duration and participant numbers and delivered at your site.

Please give us a call to discuss your requirements.


Training is delivered face to face by SafeWork NSW Approved Trainers, however please note this is not a SafeWork NSW Approved Course. See the HSR 5 Day Initial Course for SafeWork NSW Approved Training.

Award and Recognition

Successful participants will be awarded with a Certificate of Attendance. 

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