There are two ways you can use to conduct the election of a HSE rep.
You can conduct the election through a:
Let's take a closer look at these methods.
Revealed: Two methods to conduct the election of a HSE rep
Method #1: Show of hands
Use these 3 steps to elect by show of hands
Step #1: Gather all employees in a room.
Step #2: Ask the nominee being voted for to leave the room.
Step #3: Ask your employees and the remaining nominees to raise their hands if they'd like to elect that person as the HSE rep.
Step #4: Count the raised hands and record the number.
Follow these steps for each of the nominees. The nominee that gets the most votes will be elected as the HSE rep.
Are there any disadvantages to using this method?
This may seem like an easy and simple way to carry out an election, but the results you get aren't always correct, says Louise Harty, Senior Product Manager behind How to appoint the best HSE representatives – your complete guide.
Harty explains that for instance:
While this may be the case, you can get around these disadvantages by having more than one person counting the votes. Give each of them a section to count. Each person counting must start at the opposite end of the room.
Method #2: Ballot voting process
Hold a ballot vote in 5 easy steps
Step #1: Write the names of each nominee on a single sheet of paper, in a table format, with empty blocks next to each name;
Step #2: Employees must mark an 'X' next to the name of the nominee they vote for;
Step #3: Fold the piece of paper and put into a ballot box;
Step #4: Three different people must count the votes and then record them; and
Step #5: Tally the votes.
Harty says that this is a fair and democratic form of voting and recommends you use it when you elect your HSE rep.
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