Health and Safety Representative
Become a Health and Safety Rep
Health and Safety Representatives or HSRs are representatives elected by their Designated Work Group (DWG) in order to represent their best interests in matters of health and safety. A DWG is a collective of employees who have similar working conditions and thus, share similar OHS concerns.
In order to nominate an HSR, a DWG must first be established in conjunction with your swim school and all members of the DWG must be given the opportunity to nominate and then vote for their HSR.
Once a HSR has been nominated, they are empowered with certain rights in order to promote the interests of their DWG. These include: inspecting areas of the workplace such as plant rooms, issuing stop work notices or accompanying an inspector on a workplace inspection. An example of this may be where a HSR is made aware of unusually high levels of chloramine, after informing the manager with no success, they issue a Provisional Improvement Notice (PIN) requiring the manager to address the issue within a distinct period of time.
As a HSR you are able to undergo training to support you in your role of representing your fellow employees. Industry specific training, along with general health and safety training will best position you as a HSR to fully and properly represent your fellow employees in all matters of health and safety.
The SIA and HSRs
Given the nature of the industry and the constant exposure to chemicals, both in the plant room and in the water, the SIA encourages all swim schools to establish DWGs and have trained HSRs. To achieve this goal the SIA is committed to supporting its members throughout the whole process, from liaising with management to establish DWGs, to providing advice and support to HSRs.
The SIA provides HSR training, through the AWU, with components tailored specifically to the swimming industry.