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I'm seeking the specific section of our OHS Act stating HSRs have no additional duties above that of any other worker. My workplace requires HSRs hold monthly audits and attend meetings on non-rostered days, causing a reluctance to volunteer for the role. I need concrete information before challenging this practice.

Precisely, Comrade.

How can we expect workmates to volunteer if they have been led to believe being elected as an HSR comes with an entire set of unpaid additional duties?

However, there's good news! Section 58(3) of our Act provides clear reassurance:

‘Nothing in this Act or the regulations imposes, or is to be taken to impose, a function or duty on a health and safety representative in that capacity.’

For further guidance, you may find our webpage titled I’ve been given a duty statement… to be incredibly helpful in enlightening your employer about our OHS laws.

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