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Health & Safety Representatives (HSR’s) 5 Day Initial Training (SafeWork Approved)

A five-day initial HSR training course is available for newly elected HSR’s.

The role of a HSR includes additional powers and functions, including the ability to direct unsafe work practices to cease and issue a provisional improvement notices (PIN’s).

This course aims to assist HSR’s understand how the WHS legislation will influence health and safety outcomes in their workplace and familiarises participants with the information necessary to apply the principles of workplace consultation as an integral part of an effective Safety Management System (SMS).

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Health & Safety Representatives (HSR’s) 1 Day Refresher Training (SafeWork Approved)

This course has been developed specifically for Health & Safety Representatives in NSW who have previously completed the SafeWork Approved 5 Day Initial Training course.

This course aims to refresh HSR's knowledge of legislation, codes and guidance material and refresh their skills in applying that knowledge to workplace situations.

Under Clause 21 of the NSW WHS Regulation 2017, a PCBU must allow a health and safety representative or deputy health and safety representative, who requests training, to attend an approved refresher course (once a year after the initial course is undertaken), on paid time, and must pay the associated costs.

Upon completion of the course, HSR’s will have established initiatives for future activities and improvement of work health and safety within the organisation.

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Health and Safety Committee (HSC) member Training (2 Days)

Although specific training for HSC members is no longer legislatively prescribed, the legislation does require a PCBU/employer to ensure they have provided their workers with any information, training, instruction or supervision that is necessary to protect all persons from risks to their health and safety (Section 19 [3] f).

As all prudent PCBU’s appreciate, you cannot expect to have an efficient and effective HSC if the committee members have not received specific training to help them understand and fulfil their legislative functions. Hence this course is designed to give participants the necessary skills and knowledge to be an effective member of a Health and Safety Committee (HSC) under the new WHS Act 2011.

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Health and Safety Committee (HSC) Member Refresher Training (1 Day)

This dynamic course is designed to give previously trained health and safety committee members the opportunity to review their activities to date, to assess their effectiveness, and to plan needed improvements.

Newly introduced workplace health and safety legislation, regulations, codes of practice, and other developments are discussed. Upon completion of the course, the committee will have established clear goals and action plans for future activities and improvement of occupational health and safety within the organisation.

  1. 1. A review of the WHS committee and the WHS management system
  2. 2. Identifying key issues for improvement
  3. 3. Working smarter as a committee
  4. 4. Developing an improvement action plan for the committee.
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Introduction to Return to Work Co-ordination (2 Day) (SafeWork Approved)

Workplaces that have a base (worker’s compensation) premium of more than $50,000 are required to appoint a trained Return to Work Coordinator.

The aim of this course is to develop basic skills and knowledge in the management of workplace injuries. The course outlines the workers' compensation system in NSW, including the legal obligations of employers, employees, insurers and doctors. The content also covers premiums, worker benefits, injury management and suitable duties. Employers or employees who want to understand the NSW Workers' Compensation scheme or know how to manage their claims more effectively are also encouraged to attend.

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Advanced Return to Work Co-ordination (1 Days) (SafeWork Approved)

This course provides approved RTW Co-ordinators who have at least 6 months experience, with further knowledge and skills to more effectively handle more complex return to work cases.

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WHS Construction Induction (White Card) Training (SafeWork Approved)

This course is for existing and new employees in the building and construction industry. It covers legislation, consultation and communication, implementing health and safety, emergency response and first aid, injury management and worker's compensation in NSW. Participants will receive a SafeWork Statement of Training following the course.

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WHS Risk Management for Managers and Supervisors (2 Days or 1 Day)

This active course is designed to help managers and supervisors develop safety management skills. It also seeks to give them the knowledge necessary to contribute to their organisation's occupational health, safety and rehabilitation program within their defined level of authority. This course gives managers and supervisors the ability to play an active and effective role in the workplace health and safety system. Topics covered include:

  1. 1. Understanding the NSW Work Health and Safety Act, Regulations, and Codes of Practice.
  2. 2. Addressing industrial relations and occupational health and safety issues.
  3. 3. Developing effective occupational health and safety management processes.
  4. 4. Auditing the management of occupational health and safety in the workplace.
  5. 5. Managing workers' compensation and rehabilitation.
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Manual-Handling Training (1hr, 2hr or 4 hr Sessions)

This course is ideal for any person involved in the prevention and reduction of the frequency and severity of manual handling related injuries. It covers legislation, basic anatomy, lifting technique, hazard identification and risk assessment of hazardous manual tasks, risk control issues/hierarchy and effective communication in implementing manual handling regulations.

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Hazardous Chemicals Training (4 hrs)

This course is designed to help all workers involved in the use, storage and handling of hazardous chemicals understand and minimise the risks associated their use. It also seeks to give them the knowledge necessary to contribute to their organisation's work health and safety program for managing hazardous chemicals.

Topics covered include:

  1. 1. The identification of Hazardous Chemicals
  2. 2. The routes of entry and various health effects
  3. 3. OHS Legislative framework
  4. 4. Duties and responsibilities of PCBU’s, manufactures and suppliers
  5. 5. Classification, MSDS’s and labelling
  6. 6. Risk assessment, training and competency
  7. 7. Emergency procedures
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Office Ergonomics (1hr, 2hr or 4 hr Sessions)

This course is suitable for all employees in any industry. This course covers ergonomic principles, workstation set-up, stretching exercises and basic anatomy. It provides participants with the skill and knowledge to setup office workstations to minimise the risk of overuse injuries.

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Incident Investigation & Reporting (4hr or 1 Day)

This course aims to provide participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to contribute to their organisation's work health and safety program by competently conducting a workplace incident investigation using organisational forms and tools.

Topics covered include:

  1. 1. Incident causation
  2. 2. Incident Investigation Process
  3. 3. Investigation key principles concepts and tools
  4. 4. Organisational Case Studies
  5. 5. Continuous Improvement
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Many other courses are provided and are able to be tailored to your needs including:

  • Managing the Risk of Falls in the Workplace (4 hrs)
  • WHS Legislation Senior Management Briefing (2 hrs)
  • Senior First Aid
  • Forklift Training
  • Traffic Control


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Click here to download a course registration form or call us on 0402 110 120.


The provision OHS and workers compensation management training is a legislative requirement and helps to improve system efficiencies and to decrease costs.

Safety SENSE is a leading provider of OHS management training services to business, industry and government. We offer a wide range of SafeWork NSW approved courses, as well as customised training programs to suit your organisation's needs.

Safety SENSE trainers are highly qualified and experienced professionals with many years of operational experience that allows them to bring practical applications and understanding to each specific course. We offer the flexibility of both public and in-house training courses in our training rooms, on-site or any nominated location.

Click here to download a course registration form or call us on 0402 110 120.