A health and safety representative is an employee who has been elected to represent the views of employees on health and safety issues in the workplace in accordance with the Health and Safety in Employment Act.
They may not necessarily be PSA members although the PSA encourages members to stand for the position, expects that delegates will develop and maintain strong links with them and has a network of health and safety representatives.
The representative is required to:
The Health and Safety in Employment Act applies to every workplace, employee and employer. The Act is based on principles of partnership and consultation.
An Employee Participation system is negotiated between union and employer (a requirement for employers with more than 30 employees).
Free training for elected representatives is provided by the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions (CTU).
It is the responsibility of the elected health and safety representatives and management, working together, to identify all hazards and then to manage them (i.e. eliminate, isolate or minimise the danger the hazard represents).
Delegates work with elected heath and safety representatives to enhance the health and safety of members in the workplace. To this end, delegates will