She Rep Roles and Responsibilities

Does a health and safety representative have different responsibilities from a joint health and safety committee member?

Generally speaking, a health and safety representative has the same responsibilities and powers as a joint health and safety committee member. These include:

    *identifying actual and potential workplace hazards [subsection 8(10)]
    *inspecting the workplace at least once a month [subsection 8(6)] or, if that is not practical, inspecting the workplace at least once a year and at least part of the workplace each month [subsection 8(7)] in accordance with a schedule agreed upon by the representative and the employer (constructor) [subsection 8(8)]
    *being consulted about and being present at the beginning of health and safety-related testing in the workplace [subsection 8(11)]
    *making recommendations to the employer [subsection 8(10)] about health and safety in the workplace, and
    *participating in the first and second stage investigation of work refusals [subsections 43(4) and (7)] and inspecting workplaces when there are critical injuries or fatalities [subsection 8(14)].

Originally posted 2013-10-06 10:09:18. Republished by Blog Post Promoter