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Health and safety representatives
Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs) contribute to improving the safety of the offshore workforce by representing their fellow workers, understanding their health and safety concerns and assisting them to participate in decisions that affect them. Working in collaboration with their facility operator, fellow crew members and employer, a HSR
helps to prevent incidents on a facility and make safety a top priority for Australia’s offshore petroleum industry.
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HSR Handbook: A guide for health and safety representatives in Australia's offshore petroleum industry
Since its first publication, the HSR Handbook has proved to be a useful tool in assisting HSRs to understand their role as it relates to the legislation. This latest edition of the handbook has been revised and updated to provide concise and easy-to-read guidance that is of value to both new and experienced HSRs.
When an offshore worker is chosen by their designated offshore work group(s) to represent them as a HSR, they will be required to attend a NOPSEMA accredited HSR training course.
Clause 30 of Schedule 3 to the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006 (OPGGS Act) states that “A health and safety representative for a designated work group must undertake a course of training relating to occupational health and safety that is accredited by NOPSEMA for the purposes of this clause.”
The employer of the HSR must permit the representative to take such time off work, without loss of remuneration or other entitlements, as is necessary to undertake the training.
Training providers not listed may not be accredited and are, therefore, unable to provide training that would comply with the OPGGS Act.
Industrial Foundation for Accident Prevention (IFAP)
Phone: (08) 9430 6611
Phone: (08) 9474 5406
Unity Training Services
Phone: (08) 9227 7809
LE Industry Services Pty Ltd
Phone: (03) 5126 0395
Phone: 1300 133 717
The accreditation process comprises three main elements:
a review of the developed training material
a review of the training provider’s organisation and personnel structure
an onsite visit of the training premises.
The main elements necessary for accreditation are:
training course material conforms to the endorsed Course outline - Health and Safety Representative training for the offshore oil and gas industry - Rev 1 - March 2012 (PDF 189KB)
confirmation of Registered Training Organisation (RTO) status
experience in OHS and training HSRs
knowledge of the Offshore Petroleum Industry
If the initial accreditation process is successful, there are follow up surveillance audits to provide ongoing verification.