OHS Reps' Rights

The Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Act, 2004 gives rights to elected occupational health and safety representatives, as well as obligations to employers regarding reps.  Here you can find out more about what those rights are.
 
For a good general reference, see WorkSafe Victoria's publication Employee Representation

Last amended September 2020

OHS reps - your rights
Occupational (or workplace) health and safety is covered by health and safety laws - in Victoria, this is the Occupational Health and Safety Act (2004)....
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OHS reps and deputies
... what is their role? Elected reps have a crucial role at the workplace... but what is it? And deputies? Page Overview What is an...
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I've been given a duty statement..
..as an OHS rep.  Is that right? The answer is 'no - absolutely not'!  The Occupational Health and Safety Act, 2004 is very clear and unambiguous...
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Employers' duty to consult
The Occupational Health and Safety Act (2004) provides for specific consultation on a wide range of issues with both OHS reps and workers - these provisions...
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HSRs' Right to Training
When workers are elected as health and safety representatives (HSRs) or deputies for their designated work groups (DWGs), it is important that they be trained so that they are...
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Facilities and Time Off
 - what is an elected OHS Rep entitled to? The Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Act, 2004 states that the employer shall: 69(1)(d)permit health and safety representatives to...
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Discrimination for OHS reasons
Section 76 of the OHS Act prohibits an employer from dismissing an employee, discriminating against an employee or treating an employee less favourably because that...
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Resources for OHS Reps
There are many resources on the web specifically for OHS Reps.  Here are just a few of the best:On this website: A PIN: How to...
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Accidents & Incidents - how should a rep react?
Under Section 58(1)(a)(ii) of the Victorian OHS Act (2004), a rep has the right to immediately inspect the workplace in the event of an accident, a...
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My PIN is cancelled - what can I do?
If a rep issues a PIN, then it's clear the OHS problem is real and not resolved using the issue resolution as per the OHS...
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Inspectors and PINs
Under the OHS Act, an elected rep has the right to issue a person with a Provisional Improvement Notice (PIN) if a person is contravening...
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Discrimination and harassment
.. what are they? What do these terms mean? What is discrimination? Discrimination means treating someone differently, usually less favourably, because of some personal characteristic...
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Privacy legislation
Does it affect my rights as an OHS rep? The simple answer is NO. The rights you have under the Victorian Occupational Health and Safety...
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