HWNS has notified the CPSU NSW it wishes to establish a work health and safety (WHS) structure through the election of Health and Safety Representatives (HSR). The CPSU NSW requested consultation regarding this structure.
HWNS provided a draft proposal on 26 June 2018 seeking feedback.
As you may know, a HSR is to represent workers in their work group on WHS issues. This includes the monitoring of health and safety actions by the employer and investigating complaints from workers.
The WHS Act requires the democratic election of the HSR.
What is a work group and how is it established?
The work groups can be determined in a variety of ways such as by position, by geographical area, by department. It is intended to be what works best for the workers.
HWNS has proposed that the work groups are to be based on the geographical region which the MAR covers. This means 1 HSR per MAR.
How will this look:
We want to ensure that the structure of the HSR workplace group will function for our members. The CPSU is concerned there will not be enough HSRs per region and as such the HSR will not be able to adequately cover the number of worksites or workers.