Health & Safety Representative Training

Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) in workplaces, including construction projects, at which the number of workers regularly exceeds five and at which no Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) is required, employers or constructors must ensure that workers select a Health and Safety Representative (HSR)

An HSR is selected by workers at the workplace from workers who do not exercise managerial functions or by the union if the workplace is unionized.

Many small businesses that are not large enough to require a Joint Health and Safety Committee rely on their HSR  to bring forward any health and safety issues that need attention. Unfortunately, many H & S Reps do not have the necessary training to recognize or resolve these issues.

The consequences of not having a well-trained H & S Rep are seen too often. Workers can suffer a lost of income due to a critical injury. Families can lose a loved one to a workplace fatality. Employers can lose a valuable employee and production days. They may even have to replace damaged material and pay higher compensation costs.

Key Responsibilities and Powers of HSRs under the OHSA:

  • identifying actual and potential workplace hazards;
  • inspecting the workplace regularly;
  • being consulted about and being present at the beginning of health and safety related testing in the workplace;
  • making recommendations to the employer about health and safety in the workplace;
  • participating in investigation of work refusals;
  • inspecting the site of a critical injury or fatality at a workplace; and
  • obtaining health and safety related information from the employer

Who Should Take This Course?

Any person who takes on the role of Health and Safety Representative, Officer or other health and safety designation must be knowledgeable. 

Course Overview

To be effective in their duties, HSRs should have a broad foundational knowledge and be committed to improving health and safety conditions in the workplace. HSRs must know how to exercise their considerable legislative functions. A trained HSR will make a difference to the level of safety in your workplace.

In this full-day, instructor-led training, participants will learn how to effectively exercise their considerable legal powers and duties, including carrying out workplace inspections, identifying hazards and assessing risks. Be confident that your HSR can carry out their role knowledgeably and responsibly!

Course Content

  • Overview of the OHSA & Regulations
  • Rights, Duties and responsibilities of the Workplace Parties
  • The Internal Responsibility System (IRS)
  • Key Responsibilities of the HSR
  • Representing Workers on Health & Safety Issues
  • How to Conduct a Workplace Inspection
  • Applying the RACE (recognize, assess, control and evaluate) methodology to a workplace hazard
  • How to Investigate a Work Refusal
  • How to Investigate a Critical Injury or Fatality
  • Making Recommendations to Employers
  • Obtaining Information from the Employer, WSIB, MLTSD and Other Sources
  • Each participant receives a copy of the OHSA (Green Book)

Course Details

Length: 1 Day (classroom instruction only)
Individual Price: $295+HST | VISA and Master Card accepted. Corporate account welcome.
Groups of 6-12:  For information on in-house training options or for groups larger than 6, please email our Customer Care Advisors or call us at 519-870-6930

Next Dates: Go to the "Apply OnLine" wizard at right for upcoming classes.

           **Minimum of 6 participants for this course to run**

What Our Participants Are Saying

  • “The staff at Workplace Safety group are very professional and make the training process user friendly which for a large organization benefited us tremendously.”
    Barry L. | Niagara Falls

Product Selection

Course Dates | HSR

# of Learners | HSR




CANCELLATION POLICY: Cancellations received less than 3 business days prior to a course start date will not be refunded. Workplace Safety Group reserves the right to cancel or reschedule a training session. A $25.00 Administration Fee will apply to all customer requested cancellations.

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