Occupational Health & Safety Training - UnionsWA2

Occupational Health & Safety Training

The choice of training provider lies with the individual Health and Safety Representative (not the employer).

Health and Safety Representative Training - Western Australia 

An elected representative can advise the employer of their intention to attend their selected course via their preferred training provider.

UnionsWA supports Unity Training Services as an accredited and preferred provider. 

Read more about Training requirements for Safety Reps (including Deputy Reps) by clicking here.

Read below if your workplace doesn't not yet have an Elected Safety Rep - or needs more!

Health and Safety Representative Elections - Western Australia

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. Find out more about the powers and functions of Elected Safety Reps online here.    Does your Workplace have a Union Delegate? Union Delegates & HSR's working together can make a great team to represent workers on all workplace issues!

    • 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.

An important note about Workgroups...

This is the area/group you officially represent as a Safety Rep. This is negotiable and your Union can assist you!  You can negotiate the number of reps, areas to represent and more.  It's vital to get a great safety structure to ensure there is good coverage of safety reps in your workplace.  Don't hestiate to contact your Union for support to assist with negotiations - a list of WA Unions is available here.

S A M P L E   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,


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


Need help?  Contact your Union or [email protected] 

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