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Your four duties regarding HSE Committees

by , 04 February 2014
If you have two or more Health and Safety Representatives in your company, they automatically form a health and safety (HSE) committee (OHS Act, Section 19). Read on for your four employer duties when it comes to these HSE committees...

Dear Reader

If you have two or more Health and Safety Representatives in your company, they automatically form a health and safety (HSE) committee (OHS Act, Section 19). Did you know that you, as the employer, have duties when it comes to this HSE committee?

Read on for your four employer duties when it comes to health and safety committees…

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Your four employer duties regarding HSE Committees

You have four duties as an employer when it comes to your HSE committee.

1.    Decide on the number of Health and Safety Committee members. There's no limit but try include a good cross section of your company. Health and Safety is everyone's responsibility.

2.    Appoint your committee members. You can formally appoint them using an appointment letter.

3.    Attend every committee meeting. You, as the employer, need to know the status of health and safety in your business.

Read on for your final duty…



Your last duty as an employer regarding HSE Committees

4.    Make sure your committee meets at least once every three months (OHS Act, Section 19).

There are many aspects to HSE Committees and their meetings. Did you know that a DoL inspector can instruct you to have more than one committee? Turn to chapter H02: Health and Safety Committees in your Health and Safety Advisor to ensure you know everything you need to about HSE Committees.

Stay Safe,


Louise Harty
Senior Product Manager: Health and Safety

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