NSW - Health and Safety Representative Training Course

Information about the course:

The Health and Safety Representative Initial - 5 Days course is designed for newly elected health and safety representatives (HSRs). This training will provide HSRs with an understanding of their roles, responsibilities and powers as outlined in legislation.

What is the difference between an occupational health and safety (OHS) representative and a health and safety representative (HSR)?

An HSR will have a few additional functions to an OHS representative. Here is a link that will assist you from  SafeWork NSW

Target audience:

Newly elected health and safety representatives in NSW workplaces.


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Award issued:

Students who successfully complete this will be awarded the statement of attainment for:

  • WorkCover Health and Safety Representative training.

Course duration:

  • Full course: 5 days face-to-face training

Pre course study options:

There is no pre course study required for this course.


Related Course Documentation

Does Allens Training have WorkCover NSW approval to conduct Health and Safety Representative Training?

Yes, our NSW WorkCover approval number is HSR1383

What are my rights and responsibilties as a student?

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) requires that students be aware of their rights and responsibilities once they have selected their training provider. By enrolling into any of our courses you are deemed to have accepted the terms and conditions outlined in our Student Agreement

All students will be required to show proof of identification at the commencement of the course.

What skills and knowledge will I gain from undertaking this HSR Course?

Implement a consistent framework to secure the health and safety of workers and workplaces by:

  • protecting workers and other persons against harm to their health, safety and welfare through the elimination or minimisation of risks arising from work [or from specified types of substances or plant]; and
  • providing for fair and effective workplace representation, consultation, co-issue resolution in relation to work health and safety; and
  •  encouraging unions and employer organisations to take a constructive role in promoting improvements in work health and safety practices, and assisting persons conducting businesses or undertakings and workers to achieve a healthier and safer working environment; and
  • promoting the provision of advice, information, education and training in re health and safety; and
  • securing compliance with this Act through effective and appropriate compliance and enforcement measures; and
  • ensuring appropriate scrutiny and review of actions taken by persons exercising powers and performing functions under this Act; and
  • providing a framework for continuous improvement and progressively higher standards of work health and safety; and
  •  maintaining and strengthening the national harmonisation of laws relating to work health and safety and to facilitate a consistent national approach to work health and safety in this jurisdiction.

How will this HSR Training be assessed?

Group activities and questioning

  • Identify hazards, assess the risk associated & recommend control measures in the workplace
  • Outline any implications for OHS
  • Prepare a report to management on your recommendations
  • Practical demonstrations. The 3rd day is a workplace evaluation.

Active participation in all sections of the course is required for satisfactory completion.

Where can I view information about "Proof of Identity" documents?

What is covered in the 5 day course?

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 HSRs and WHS entry permit holders
• Role and function of WorkCover and Penalties under the WHS Act

Day 2: Consultation, Representation and Participation
• Consultation requirements and arrangements in the workplace
• Roles and responsibilities of HSRs in consultation
• Role of Health and Safety Committees
• HSRs' 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 (PINs) and ceasing unsafe work
• Purpose and function of PINs
• Role and requirements for HSRs to issue PINs and process for issuing a PIN
• Directing unsafe work to cease and alternatives to PINs or ceasing unsafe work
• Course Summary and Evaluation
• Course Review
• Continuous learning
• Course Evaluation