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Are you giving your HSE reps enough time to meet their responsibilities?

by , 27 March 2013
Health and safety training is big news internationally. So much so that Australia's transport industry is now offering its members health and safety training programmes to raise awareness of health and safety issues, intending to train four times as many HSE reps as last year. This is a great way to prevent any accidents - that's why you should appoint more than one HSE rep...

In Australia, the transport industry is seen as being 10 times more dangerous than any other industry.
 
That's why Australia's transport industry is now rolling out health and safety training programmes, to roll out awareness of health and safety issues, says Big Rigs.
 
You should follow this example, no matter what industry you work in.
 
Because by law, you must have at least one Health, Safety and Environment representative (HSE rep) at your company if you have 20 or more employees, says FSP Business.   
 
That means one HSE rep per 20 employees, according to Section 17 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), the Department of Labour confirms.
 
But it doesn't help to simply appoint an HSE rep and assume you've met your obligations.
 
Make sure you've appointed more than one HSE rep…
 
You'll need to make sure your HSE rep can do his job properly by making sure his inspection file contains all the relevant documents needed for inspections, and giving your HSE reps enough time to complete their health, safety and environment inspections.
 
That's right, it's plural – HSE repS – it's no good appointing just one HSE rep, even if you have less than 20 employees.
 
Because what if your HSE rep calls in sick one day? Or has already gone home as he worked the early shift when an accident takes place in the night shift?
 
That's why you need to make sure there're enough trained and appointed HSE reps in your company so that all your shifts are covered by at least one HSE rep.
 
Train your HSE reps on all aspects of the role – and lighten their work load to make time for these extra responsibilities!
 
Also make sure your HSE reps have the authority and enough time in their day to fulfil health and safety duties, which range from reviewing the effectiveness of your company's health and safety measures to examining the causes of incidents and keeping your SHE file up-to-date, says FSP Business.
 
It's the only way to comply with Section 17 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA)!

If you don't already have a Health and Safety representative, click here to appoint the best HSE Rep for your company 

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