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About Workplace Safety Reps

Does your workplace have an Elected Health and Safety Representative (HSR)? 

Union Delegates & HSR's working together can make a great team to represent workers on all workplace issues.

Find out more about the powers and functions  of Elected Safety Reps online here

If you and your co-workers are without a formal voice on Health and Safety in your working area, we recommended the following steps to elect a HSR:

    • Step 1 – Talk to your co-workers about who would be best to represent you on safety issues. This could be a worker interested in health and safety (perhaps yourself?) and could also be an existing union member or your Union Delegate, or any other worker)
    • Step 2 - Talk to your Union – Ask your union arrange a visit to speak with workers (or an online discussion), or to issue union communication to help promote gaining a Health and Safety Rep(s).  Note - under our new WHS Act, your Union can also assist with the election process itself, and negotiations for the determination of a workgroup (s52) which is the areas the HSR represents.  Have a think about how many Reps are needed for the type of work/shift arrangements/locations, your workplace has. Find your Union contact details here
    • Step 3 - Officially start the process by talking to your PCBU - Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (your Employer) to initiate the nomination/election process along with sending an email to your Manager (see suggested template email below).  Note - if more than 1 person nominates for the same HSR position, an election will be held.

E M A I L   T E M P L A T E

To:  The Manager

Subject: Request for an election of a Health and Safety Representative 

Dear Manager,

REQUEST FOR AN ELECTION OF HEALTH AND SAFETY REPRESENTATIVE FOR THE WORKPLACE

As a current employee I hereby request as per section 50 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2020 of my desire to have an election for a Health and Safety Representative for the workplace. 

Yours sincerely,

Your Full Name, Job Title, Company


Get Trained as a Safety Rep! Find out about Safety Rep training here.

WorkSafe WA also has useful information about the process for electing Workplace Health and Safety Rep available online here.

Don’t delay! All workplaces need elected Health and Safety Reps.


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