Worker Engagement, Participation & Representation
We have systems in place to encourage and support worker engagement in health and safety.
Download and print the information on worker participation in health and safety, and the role of health and safety representatives.
This factsheet was developed following demand from Charter signatories for information on how workers can fully participate in health and safety. It was updated in August 2016 to bring it in line with the new Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and the associated Regulations.
This document outlines:
- The benefits of worker participation in health and safety
- The current legal requirements for worker participation
- The role and benefits of health and safety representatives
- The training required to be a health and safety representative.
Please see below for more information on worker engagement, participation and representation, including up-to-date links to information from WorkSafe.
Training for Health and Safety Representatives:
If you want to be able to use the new functions and powers available to HSRs under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA), such as Provisional Improvement Notices (PINs) or cease unsafe work, you need to be trained.
If you do not attend training, you can still be an HSR but you cannot use these new functions and powers.
Initial training for an HSR means achieving unit standard 29315: Describe the role and functions of the Health and Safety Representative or having attended and passed HSR transition training. Training providers with approval from the New Zealand Qualification’s Authority (NZQA) can teach this unit standard. HSRs need to choose this training in consultation with their business (about time, costs and the date of training for example).
- For a list of training providers, visit NZQA here
- For more information on training in general visit WorkSafe
- For an overview of Health and Safety representatives visit WorkSafe’s HSR page
- Health and Safety Committees
- Health and Safety Representatives
- Your health and safety rights and responsibilities | Worksafe
- Working Together – WorkSafe’s website
- Worker representation through HSRs and HSCs – Interpretive Guidelines
- Worker Engagement, Participation and Representation – Good Practice Guidelines
Keeping it simple with worker engagement
Watch Marianne Archer from Goodmans talk about their ‘keep it simple’ approach to worker participation and engagement.