Employers and HSRs

Health and safety representatives (HSRs) can be elected to represent your workers on health and safety matters, but it is not compulsory.

Must do’s

There are specific laws that outline what you must do to support HSRs. Here we summarise those laws and give you some practical tips.

Give support

  • Give the HSR time off at normal pay and any necessary facilities and assistance to enable them to fulfil their role.
  • Talk with the HSR about work health and safety issues.
  • Give the HSR access to all information regarding hazards and risks.
  • Allow the HSR to attend work health and safety interviews if a worker consents.
  • Allow a person assisting the HSR to enter the workplace if that assistance is necessary.
  • Permit the HSR to accompany an inspector on an inspection of areas where the workers they represent work.
  • Give the HSR five days training and a one-day annual refresher course, if requested.

Notify us

Let us know the names of your HSRs, deputy HSRs and work groups.

Share costs

If the HSR represents a work group that carries out work for another business as well as yours, you can share the HSR’s training and other costs.

Display names

Display a list of the names of your HSRs and deputy HSRs at the workplace.

More information

For the specific laws about HSRs, see sections 70 – 74 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.

There are also general work health and safety laws that will apply to you in any situation, including when supporting HSRs.