Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) has published an online portal to make it easy for PCBUs to meet their obligation to notify the regulator of health and safety representatives (HSRs) and deputy HSRs.
HSRs and health and safety committees (HSC) provide the means to give workers a voice in health and safety matters at the workplace and involve workers through participation and consultation.
The primary role of an HSR is to represent the health and safety interests of a work group and to raise any issues with their employer. There can be as many HSRs and deputy HSRs as needed, after consultation, negotiation and agreement between workers and the employer.
The portal allows PCBUs to enter details of their elected HSRs/deputy HSRs into the portal, (name, contact details, workgroup they represent, and date elected). They will also be able to keep current records and details of their elected HSRs and deputy HSRs without a need to contact WHSQ.
Once all the details have been submitted, confirmation emails are sent to the PCBU and HSR/deputy HSR confirming their details and providing links to useful information. HSRs will also be given the option to join a HSR Safety Network Group. The HSR’s details are deleted at the end of their three-year term.
Check out the Health and safety representative portal.