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Joint committee member and worker health and safety representative training

Joint committee members and worker health and safety representatives play an important role in workplace safety. Education and training are key to fulfilling this role.

Mandatory training

The requirements for mandatory training are different for joint committee members and worker health and safety representatives.

Joint committees

All joint committee members selected on or after April 3, 2017 must receive eight hours of training and instruction on the following topics:

  • The duties and functions of a joint committee
  • The rules of procedure of the joint committee
  • The requirements around conducting incident investigations
  • The requirements around conducting regular workplace inspections, and how to make regular inspections
  • The requirements around responding to a refusal of unsafe work
  • The requirements for annually evaluating the joint committee

Mandatory training can be delivered by the employer or by external training providers. To find training near you, contact the health and safety association (HSA) for your industry, or local OHS training providers. Resources for training providers are available here.

Worker health and safety representatives

All worker health and safety representatives selected on or after April 3, 2017 must receive four hours of training and instruction on the following topics:

  • The duties and functions of a joint committee
  • The requirements around conducting incident investigations
  • The requirements around conducting regular workplace inspections, and how to make regular inspections
  • The requirements around responding to a refusal of unsafe work

The Worker Health and Safety Representative Fundamentals online course addresses this required training for worker health and safety representatives in workplaces without a joint committee.

Mandatory training can also be delivered by the employer or external training providers. To find training near you, contact the health and safety association (HSA) for your industry, or local OHS training providers.

Annual education leave

Each joint committee member and worker health and safety rep is entitled to eight hours of leave per year to attend occupational health and safety training courses.

For information on available courses, contact local OHS training providers. Courses are considered acceptable if the employer follows a reasonable process of assessing the training needs of committee members and selects appropriate training programs.