This course relates specifically to health and aged care workplaces, with a strong focus on issues and hazards relevant to nursing, and is designed to equip elected HSRs and Deputy HSRs with an understanding of the OHS regulatory framework. It is also designed to provide participants with the skills and knowledge required to contribute to improved safety outcomes.
About the elected Health and Safety Representative role
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.
HSR Initial OHS Training Course (WorkSafe Approved)
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 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.
Following completion of the course, participants are invited to a social ‘happy hour'. This is a great opportunity to network with other HSRs.
This course caters for special needs. If you have special needs please indicate on the registration form and an ANMF representative will contact you prior to course commencement to make arrangements.
How to register for a program
Course dates are available here
ANMF will provide you with written confirmation of your registration. If you do not receive this, please contact the OHS Unit Secretary on 03 9275 9333.
Health & Safety Reps are entitled to paid training leave
Elected Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs) and Deputy Health and Safety Reps are entitled to time off work with pay to attend a 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, HSRs and Deputy HSRs are entitled to attend a WorkSafe Victoria approved initial five day course upon election and a WorkSafe Victoria approved one day refresher every year thereafter.
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 days 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 the WorkSafe Victoria.