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 30630 QLD - Course in Functioning as a Workplace Health and Safety Representative  

This course will provide persons elected as Workplace Health and Safety Representatives with the required skills and knowledge to act within the role as set down in section 81 (1) of the Workplace Health and Safety Act 1995 including:

  • Carrying out inspections at the workplace.
  • Reviewing the circumstances of workplace incidents.
  • Advising and making recommendation arising out of the review.
  • Participating in the workplace health and safety committee.
  • Issuing PINS.

The elected representative is not required to have obtained past experience but is entitled to attend a training course prescribed under the regulation and have all reasonable costs of that course met by the employer. An employer must allow a WHSR to exercise their entitlement during their ordinary working hours.

Course details:

Duration: 21 Hours - Face to Face

  • 3 days 8.30am - 4.00pm
  • 6 nights 6.00pm - 9.30pm

Class size: 10 participants maximum.

Prerequisite: Not applicable.

Assessment type: Theory.

Cost: $495.00 inclusive of GST.

Venue: Salisbury or can be run inhouse

Enrol: Register interest

Course outcome

On successful completion of this course, learners will receive a Statement of Attainment and have acquired the skills and knowledge to fulfil the role of Workplace Health and Safety Representative.

Learning outcomes

WHSR01B - Identify and apply relevant workplace health and safety information.

Identify and apply relevant WHS information, source information relevant to workplace or area of representation.

  • Workplace Health and Safety Act 1995, Regulations, code of practice, policies/procedures, records and statistics, etc.

Check information for currency.

  • Legislation updates, infoline, internet updates.

Apply workplace health and safety information to issues in the workplace or area of representation.

  • Apply information to workplace or area of representation;
  • Explain roles and obligations under statute and common law to personnel (i.e. employers, self-employed persons, persons in control of workplaces, principal contractors);
  • Explain consequences of non-compliance to individuals and groups (i.e injuries, compensation, damage and more)
WHSR02B - Identify hazards and control risks in the workplace.

Identify workplace hazards and risks.

  • Identify general types of workplace hazards;
  • Identify risks associated with each hazard.

Assess workplace hazards and risks.

  • Determine the level of risk;
  • Prioritisation of risks.

Identify and recommend control measure to manage exposure to identified workplace hazards and risks.

  • Use hierarchy of controls to identify risk control measures;
  • Monitor and review implemented controls;
  • Identify inadequacies and report to relevant parties.

WHSR03B - Represent workers in workplace health and safety consultation mechanisms.

Represent workers within workplace health and safety consultation arrangements.

  • Attend workplace health and safety committee meetings;
  • Use effective techniques when presenting reports about workplace health and safety issues;
  • Provide feedback to workers.

Prepare and present reports.

  • Record details and complete reports;
  • Effective report preparation and delivery;
  • Deliver reports to workplace and non-workplace parties.

Review circumstances surrounding workplace incidents.

  • Participate incident investigations;
  • Present recommendations arising from investigation;
  • Attend workplace interviews

WHSR04A - Issuing workplace health and safety provisional improvement notices (PINS).

Identify and apply (PINS related) workplace health and safety information relevant to workplace or area of representation.

  • Source PINS related information relevant to workplace or area of representation;
  • Check information for currency;
  • Apply PINS related information to workplace or area of representation.

Apply consultative methods in the resolution of identified WHS issues in the workplace or area of representation (process of mandatory consultation before issuing a PIN).

  • Attend workplace inspections and interviews relevant to suspected contraventions;
  • Use effective techniques to represent workers when consulting with management and workers re WHS issues;
  • Communicate with inspectors in formalising or discharging PINS;
  • Provide feedback to workers.

Apply the correct process for the issuing of PINS in the workplace or area of representation.

  • Effective PIN preparation and delivery;
  • Record PIN details and complete reports;
  • Deliver reports to workplace and non-workplace parties;
  • Explain information on discharge and appeals of PINS).


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Workplace Health and Safety Representative Training Course



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