Health and Safety Representatives Training Course

Discover the essential skills and knowledge to fulfil the requirements of the WHS Act and create a safer workplace for all your workers and customers. To be recognised by WorkSafe, people attending this course MUST be a Health and Safety Representative (HSR).


5 Days



This course will assist Health and Safety Representatives to confidently and competently engage everyone in meaningful communication about the risks and remedies for incidents and injuries in the workplace.

A 'representative' means a Health and Safety Representative or deputy HSR duly elected in accordance with the WHS Act.

Pre-requisites and co-requisites

Persons eligible for the WorkSafe WA HSR Training are HSRs or deputy HSRs elected under the WHS Act.

Who will benefit

This workplace health and safety course is designed for elected HSRs under the WHS Act who have requested approved training to gain an understanding of the management of work health and safety under the WHS legislation and their role and entitlements as HSRs.

Managers and supervisors may also attend to gain knowledge of the requirements under the WHS Act and gain a better understanding of the roles and responsibilities of their HSRs.


This health and safety representative course will provide HSRs with information and skills relating to:

  • WHS Act legislation framework 
  • The role and functions of WorkSafe WA and its interaction with HSRs
  • Duties and responsibilities of Persons Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBUs), officers, workers and other parties under the legislation
  • The nature of the consultation process with workers as required of the primary PCBU by the Act
  • The purpose of formation of a work group (or work groups) within the workplace
  • Election process for HSRs and duty HSRs, and disqualification provisions
  • Health and Safety Committee (HSCs)
  • The entitlements, rights and protections of an elected HSR and deputy HSR
  • Risk management and the use of risk controls, including the duties and responsibilities of the various PCBUs under the legislation
  • How HSRs can use their functions to contribute to risk management activities in the workplace
  • PINs and the right to cease, or direct the cessation of, unsafe work.

Learning Outcomes

You will learn to:

  • Understanding the current WHS legislative framework and its relationship to the HSR role
  • Use negotiation, communication and problem-solving skills and strategies to represent a work group and to resolve work health and safety issues
  • Understand hazard identification, risk assessment and control practices and tools
  • Conduct workplace inspections and incident investigations
  • Issue PINs and direct unsafe work to cease.

What past course attendees say:

"Really good course! The facilitator was amazing!"
"Great, comfortable facility to complete a course."
Related Results

WHS incidents can range from minor non-compliance to catastrophic injury or death. It is therefore essential that organisations adopt a systematic approach to investigation of incidents and introduce measures to minimise or respond appropriately to future incidents.

Having an approach to risk management is never enough. Implementing the strategy and embedding it in the day-to-day activities of all staff is key to reducing the hazards and engaging employees.

An effective Work Health and Safety (WHS) system is essential in any organisation to support a safer working environment. This course will explore how to implement, maintain and monitor an effective WHS system within your workplace.

With significant updates to the WHS legislation and changes in the ways workplaces apply this legislation, if you are a Health and Safety Representatives (HSR), you will benefit from this refresher course.

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