Health & Safety Representatives Initial (WA Workcover)
5 Days: Note this course must be completed within 6 months of course commencement
This course is for elected safety and health representatives, who are required to attend an accredited introductory training course within 12 months of being elected. Training equips representatives with the confidence, skills and knowledge to represent their workplace. Ideally training should take place as soon as possible after election. Under legislation, Elected Safety and Health Representatives are entitled to attend this training and the employer is to permit the representative to take off work, with pay, such time, not exceeding 5 days, as is required for the purpose of attending that course. The course delivery and content does not assume gender, ethnicity or language skills.
No pre-requisites are required for course attendance
Writing is required to the level of completing in-class activities. Reading is required to enable the determination of information in the Student Workbook
The purpose of this course is for you to acquire the knowledge and skills to enable you to fulfil your role as a safety and health representative with the aim of improving safely and health in WA workplaces, the introductory course aims to give safety and health representatives, and, if appropriate, supervisors, managers and others, the basic knowledge and skills to perform their roles and functions under the legislation. The course meets the requirements for elected Safety and Health Representatives (SHR’s) and deputy SHR’s under the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984. Fire and Safety Australia Pty Ltd (FSA) is approved by Worksafe WA to deliver the SHR Initial Training Course.
The course content covers:
- Introduction to safety and health and background to the legislation
- Critical areas of the legislation
- Functions and roles of safety and health representatives, managers / supervisors, committees and inspectors
- Hazard identification, risk assessment and control (hierarchy of control)
- Consultation and issue resolution
- Communication and representation
- Issuing PINs
- Accessing information and basic record keeping
There is no formal assessment as part of this course. Upon successful completion, participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance issued by Fire and Safety Australia Pty Ltd
Training will be delivered within a public training facility utilising theory and practical activities. Delivery will include trainer led presentations, activities and discussion.
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