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How many HSE officers must you elect in your workplace?

by , 25 November 2013
As you know, a Health, Safety and Environment representative (HSE rep) or HSE officer is an employee other employees nominate and elect to represent them on matters that relate to their health and safety at work. But do you know the number of HSE officers your employees are required to elect? Read on to find out so you can comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).

The OHSA requires you elect an HSE officer.

Your HSE officer is your right hand man when it comes to ensuring safety in your company.

Do you know how many HSE officers you're required to elect?

Louise Harty, Senior Product Manager behind How to appoint the best HSE representatives – your complete guide says you need to make sure you have at least:

  • One HSE officer if you have more than 20 employees in your company;
  • One HSE officer for every 50 employees or less in a factory, warehouse or industry; and
  • Three HSE officers for every 100 employees or less in a factory, warehouse or industry.

Harty adds that 'smaller departments could form an alliance with each other so that they share officers, fire fighters and first aiders over shifts. This'll help to save on staff costs.'

In high-risk areas, such as laboratories, workshops or departments working shifts, elect more HSE officers if you need to.

Remember, you must have at least one HSE officer on duty during every shift.

Now that you know the number of HSE officers you're required to elect, make sure you comply.

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