ONLINE - HSR Refresher OHS Training Course

10 February 2021

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have temporarily restructured our face-to-face training to be delivered online via Zoom. Each attendee who registers for online training will be required to complete a WorkSafe Victoria participant checklist to ensure they are suitably able to meet the online requirements. If an attendee is unable to meet these requirements, they will be placed into the next available face to face training course.

Due to the online delivery method and WorkSafe Victoria approval criteria, online courses are capped at 12 participants maximum.

The HSR Refresher OHS training course held over one day relates specifically to health and aged care workplaces, with a strong focus on issues and hazards relevant to nursing and midwifery, and is designed to refresh HSRs knowledge and understanding of the OHS regulatory framework.

This course is approved by WorkSafe Victoria.

Under Section 67 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004, HSRs and Deputy HSRs, after being elected, are entitled after completing the initial course, to attend an approved one day refresher course at least once in each year that they hold office. The course must be chosen by the HSR in consultation with their employer. The HSR is entitled to time off work with pay and the costs associated with attendance at the course paid by the employer inclusive of the course fee.

FAQs

Invoice for course fee

Upon the HSR completing the training course, the ANMF (Vic Branch) will send a letter and invoice via email to the DON/General Manager or relevant person of the facility requesting payment for training within 14 days.

If you are unable to attend, please contact the ANMF immediately as you/your employer will still be invoiced.

HSRs are entitled to paid training leave

Elected Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs) and Deputy Health and Safety Representatives (DHSRs) are entitled to time off work with pay to attend WorkSafe Victoria approved OHS training in accordance with Section 67 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004.

Under Section 67 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004, HSRs and Deputy HSRs, after being elected, are entitled to attend an approved five day course. The course must be WorkSafe approved and chosen by the HSR in consultation with their employer. The HSR is entitled to time off work with pay and the costs associated with attendance at the course paid by the employer.

Under OHS legislation, employers must not obstruct or prevent Health and Safety Representatives from attending an approved course of their choice. The OHS Act 2004 states that employers are required to be provided with 14 day’s notice of attendance at an OHS course of training.

If assistance is required in ensuring attendance at a WorkSafe Victoria approved program, please contact the ANMF (Vic Branch) OHS Unit or WorkSafe Victoria.

This course is approved by WorkSafe Victoria.

About the elected HSR

Employees are entitled to be represented in relation to health and safety matters. An HSR is the vital link in the communication process between the employees and the employer in relation to occupational health and safety.

An HSR represents the employees in their Designated Work Group (DWG) by raising, monitoring and resolving OHS matters with their employer.

The key factor to remember is that an elected HSR represents the interests of the employees. It is not an appointed position and does not have any associated responsibility for meeting the health and safety obligations of the employer.

Questions? Please contact us via ohs@anmfvic.asn.au or via 03 9275 9333.

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