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.
  • 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.