Workplace Health and Safety Representative Training - Refresher


Workplace Health and Safety Representative Training - Refresher

This refresher course is designed for Work Health and Safety Representatives and has been updated to reflect new legislation and the WHS Act and Regulations 2011.

Health and Safety Representatives play an important role in representing the health and safety interests of workers in a work group. The role of the HSR is to facilitate the flow of information about workplace health and safety between employers and workers.

This HSR Rfresher course equips participants with the essential skills for effectively dealing with occupational health and safety issues in the workplace. You will need to provide evidence of currency when enrolling inthe refresher.


Course Description
The role of the Health and Safety Representative (HSR) is primarily to liaise with other staff to identify health and safety issues and convey these to management. HSRs are elected by fellow staff to represent the views of the staff group.

This refresher course provides participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to fulfil their role as a Health and Safety Representative (HSR) in New South Wales. Western Riverina Community College and Training is a SafeWork NSW approved provider of this course, which is compliant under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.

HSRs are also entitled to attend one day refresher courses every twelve months, commencing one year after the initial five day course has been completed (as per Work Health and Safety Act 2011).

Course Delivery
The training will see the participant attend the college for 1 day to complete a mixed mode of training. This will include both theory and practical tasks.

Participants are provided with the information and skills HSRs require regarding the issuing of Provisional Improvement Notices (PINs) and directing unsafe work to cease where negotiation and issue resolution has been unsuccessful or immediate action is required. As well as a summary and review of the course learning outcomes and discussion on sources of information that can assist HSRs in the continuous learning process. Licencing and Regulations Health and Safety representative training falls under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.

It is a serious role and has powers and responsibilities under the sections 68 and 69 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.

Entry Requirements

Participant must be 18 years or over and will be required to supply evidence of identity such as a valid photo ID to prove your identity at the commencement of Day 1 of training.

Participants must have previously completed a full 5 day Workplace Health
and Safety Representative course .Evidence of completion must be provided ,such as thier HSR Certificate, in order to enrol in this refresher course.

Please note: there are specific language, literacy and numeracy requirements of some of the units in this course. In order to be deemed competent, participants must be able to:

• read and correctly interpret required documentation relevant Legislation
• speak clearly and unambiguously in English
• explain, describe and verify sometimes complex needs and issues
• understand the Work Health and Safety requirements.

Writing is required to the level of completing workplace forms and producing any required reports. Upon enrolment you will be asked to complete a language Literacy, and numeracy quiz. If you have enrolled online a WRCC staff member will contact, you to discuss this.

If the student identifies as requiring assistance the college has a student support officer that can offer assistance prior to the course commencement to assist with your understanding. If the College deems the applicant as have skill levels below what are required to complete the course, WRCC will provide guidance on what support service are available.

Practical Experience and Industry Networking

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