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APA (NSW) Member Update – Workplace Rights of HSRs

APA (NSW) Member Update   Workplace Rights of HSRs

Tuesday 13 September 2016

Dear Member,

APA (NSW) is disappointed and greatly concerned to learn that NSWA management in the Nepean Blue Mountains Zone has recently threatened a Health and Safety Representative (HSR) with disciplinary action after the HSR raised WHS concerns and carried out reasonable actions to address those concerns.

Under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (the Act), HSRs have the right to monitor the health and safety actions taken by the employer, investigate workers’ complaints and look into anything that might be a risk to the health and safety of the workers they represent. All actions conducted by a HSR, in good faith, to ensure the health and safety of their work group is protected under the Act.  HSRs cannot be bullied, harassed, intimidated or discriminated against simply for carrying out their role as a HSR.

If you feel as though you are being bullied, harassed, intimidated or discriminated against for raising work health and safety issues in line with your obligations under the Act, please get in touch with APA (NSW) so that we are able to support and assist you.
Regards,

APA (NSW) Executive

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