WORKPLACE INSPECTION TIPS FOR HSRs

Workplace inspections reduce harm and empower HSRs to identify hazards and raise them with the employer and designated work group (DWG).

HSRs have the authority to inspect any area of the workplace where their DWG members work.

These inspections can occur when reasonable notice is given, following an incident, or when there is an immediate risk to anyone's health or safety.

During inspections, HSRs can either conduct them independently or in collaboration with the employer or their representative.

Worth noting: WorkSafe Inspectors should be asking to speak HSRs when they enter a site.

As an HSR, your primary role during inspections is to advocate for your colleagues.

While the duty and responsibility for providing a safe and healthy workplace lies with the employer and those in management or control, effective communication among employers, employees, and HSRs is crucial for identifying and addressing safety concerns.

Resolving health and safety issues discovered during inspections may be possible through discussions between the HSR and the employer, ultimately benefiting the workers represented.

However, in some cases, further consultation focused on hazard control may be necessary if matters cannot be resolved during the inspection.

It is advisable to take notes during inspections to document relevant information that can aid discussions with the employer and other workers, as well as serve as a reference for observations and conversations during the inspection process.

Download WorkSafe’s Employee representation: A comprehensive guide to part 7 of the OHS Act 2004 (PDF version) to learn more.

Share Tweet

RELATED

BANGLADESH: COMMUTING INJURIES NOW COMPENSABLE
In a groundbreaking effort, an employment injury scheme piloted in the readymade garment sector in Bangladesh will now include commuting accidents as part of industrial accidents eligible for compensation payout.
Read More
MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT PREFERENCES IN CONSTRUCTION
The study has examined the help-seeking intentions and mental well-being of construction workers in the UK. A key challenge faced by designers of workplace interventions is low engagement with support services.
Read More
DIGITAL ROLE-PLAYING ASSISTS APPRENTICES WITH OHS
At the National Health and Safety Conference last month, Professor Helen Lingard, a leading workplace health and safety researcher from RMIT University, discussed how role-playing games (RPGs) can help apprentices develop better...
Read More