A Work Health & Safety (H&S) Committee is a group of people in the workplace who investigate, discuss and make recommendations about health and safety matters.

H&S Committees provide a way for management and workers to meet regularly to discuss workplace health and safety issues.

They bring together workers’ practical knowledge of jobs and management’s overview of the workplace and work organisation.

Every member of a H&S Committee can access up to 1 day of paid training each year to assist in developing their WHS knowledge and skills.

HSRs and H&S Committees improve awareness of health and safety issues by:

  • Encouraging co-operative efforts between management and employees.
  • Stimulating interest in and creating open discussion of Occupational, Health & Safety issues.
  • Using preventative rather than reactive approaches to health and safety.
  • Sharing knowledge, ideas and experience.
  • Allowing employees to assist with workplace planning/design.
  • Reinforcing the need for harmonious co-operative relations.

 

Become and Health & Safety Rep

SDA Health & Safety Reps are ordinary retail workers who make the workplace safer for their fellow workers.

Trained by the SDA, Health & Safety Reps ensure the highest safety standards are maintained and they’re ready to take up any safety issues with employers and follow a process to resolve them.

All Health & Safety Reps are entitled to up to 5 days of paid training a year.

It’s an important and rewarding role, and your workmates will appreciate the effort you put into it.

Any employee can nominate for the position of Health & Safety Rep and, if elected, serve a three-year term.

To become a Health & Safety Rep, fill out the form below.

Become a Health and Safety Rep