HEALTH & SAFETY

What powers do HSRs have?

The Act gives HSRs certain powers (see part 7 of the Act). A HSR for a DWG may do any of the following:

  • Inspect any part of a workplace at which a member of the DWG works
    • at any time after giving reasonable notice to the employer concerned or its representative and
    • immediately in the event of an incident or any situation involving an immediate risk to the health and safety of any person.
  • Accompany an inspector during an inspection of a workplace at which a member of the DWG works.
  • Require the establishment of a health and safety committee.
  • If a member of the DWG consents, be present in an interview concerning OHS between:
    • the member and an inspector or
    • the member and an employer concerned or its representative.
  • If the HSR is authorized to represent independent contractors (see section 44 and 48) and that person consents, the HSR be present at an interview concerning OHS between:
    • the person and an inspector or
    • the person and an employer concerned or its representative.

f)  Whenever necessary, seek the assistance of any person.

The HSR may only exercise these powers if they are doing so to: represent the DWG; monitor measures taken by the employer; enquire about an OHS issue and/or attempt to resolve it.