Worker participation is essential to keep workplaces healthy and safe. The best health and safety outcomes are achieved when a PCBU and its workers work together. Worker representatives are one way for workers to participate in improving work health and safety.
Well-established ways for worker engagement and participation include Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs) and Health and Safety Committees (HSCs).
- An HSR is a worker who has been elected by the members of their work group to represent them in health and safety matters.
- An HSC enables the PCBU and workers to meet regularly and work cooperatively to ensure workers’ health and safety.
We have produced a range of guidance about HSRs and HSCs.
Worker representation through Health and Safety Representatives and Health and Safety Committees
These interpretive guidelines explain:
- what a PCBU must do if they receive requests for an HSR or HSC
- what the powers and functions of HSRs are
- what the functions of HSCs are
- what the obligations of a PCBU are toward their HSRs and HSCs.
We have also produced pamphlets that summarise key points about representation, HSRs and HSCs.
Please note: These pamphlets do not reflect the recent (June 2023) law changes - we are working to update them.
We have also produced guidance to show what good worker engagement, participation and representation looks like.