Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union

 

JOIN US

Training courses for Health & Safety Reps

Health & Safety laws give Health & Safety Representatives and deputy Health & Safety Representatives [HSRs] the right to choose the course they wish to attend for their Health and Safety Representative training. This includes the right to choose an approved course run by a union.

and 

In an amazing win for 4 HSRs who work for Sydney Trains, the NSW Industrial Relations Commission has decided that HSRs have a right to choose their HSR training provided that consultation occurs first and despite their employer having a panel of "their" preferred providers.

This is the first matter of its kind which has been decided by a court and sets the framework for all jurisdictions which have adopted the 'model WHS laws'.

The decision holds:
a) That Sydney Trains cannot veto HOSTA training on the basis of a panel, but can suggest specific providers as alternatives (the Inspector to pick between them in case of a dispute);
b) That wanting to attend union-run training is a legitimate reason to prefer HOSTA; and
c) That where the PCBU does not suggest a specific course, the HSR’s choice will have to prevail.

The approach required by HSRs requests into the future to attend training and meet their consultation obligations. HSRs should:
a) Inform their employer that they wish to attend training;
b) NOT claim that they have a right to attend a course of their choice;
c) Inform the employer of their preferred course, and invite them to suggest alternatives;
d) Consider the alternatives and (if relevant) give reasons for the refusal.

View the decision here:

 

Each State has different training arrangements -- all these courses are approved by the relevant government agency: 

ACT -- Creative Safety Initiatives conduct introductory HSR courses for ACT private sector.  Contact HOSTA for ComCare training. 

News South Wales: to enroll Phone/Fax: 1300 046 782. Contact HOSTA 

Queensland ---  contact the Queensland branch office --- (07) 3236 2550

Northern Territory -- training is conducted by Future Skills  -- (07) 3848 2298 or 1300 817 545

South Australia -- training is through SA Unions. Click here for 2017 schedule. Further information-- (08) 8366 5800  

Tasmania training is through Unions Tas. Click here for 2017 Training schedule 

Victoria -- click here for the list of courses for 2017 --  further information (03) 9230 5700 or email victrainingunit@amwu.asn.au

Western Australia enrol in courses at Unity Training

Share on

News

Sep 15, 2017

No Whyalla Wipe-Out: AMWU members celebrate their win with the Community

The next chapter in Whyalla’s rich history in Steelmaking officially started on the 1st September,...


Sep 08, 2017

UGL welders breath easy after double win

A win over payment of a tool allowance turned out to be the catalyst for...


Aug 25, 2017

Ian Drake: A lifetime of unionism

Tasmanian Branch President Ian “Edna” Drake has dedicated his life to the cause of the...

Happening now