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It is the employer’s duty to ensure that Representatives are properly empowered to perform their duties as health and safety representatives. Representatives must be trained during working hours.

Inspection intervals are not specified. Representatives have been given direct access to the inspectorate, are entitled to attend incident investigations and enquiries, inspect documents and participate in health and safety audits.

All appointed Health and Safety Representatives empowered to:

  • Conduct health and safety audits
  • Identify potential hazards, risks and dangers
  • Investigate incidents
  • Make recommendations regarding health and safety
  • Conduct inspections
  • Attend health and safety committee meetings

Functions of Representatives

Representatives may perform:

  • Review effectiveness of health and safety measures
  • Identify potential hazards and major incidents
  • Examine causes of incidents
  • Investigate complaints
  • Advise the committee and the employer

Representatives shall be entitled to:

  • Visit incidents sites and attend inspections
  • Attend any investigation or formal inquiry
  • Inspect any document related to health and safety matters
  • Accompany an inspector
  • Be accompanied by technical advisor if approved by the employer
  • Participate in internal audits

Liability:

A representative shall not incur any civil liability if he failed to do anything which he may do or is required to do.

Communicating with safety representatives:

Good communication is essential for the success of any safety, health and environmental system within an organisation. Proper and official channels should be created and maintained to ensure effective communication. The line manager or foreman should always encourage communication. This could be done by asking employees and safety representatives what hazards they are aware of. Toolbox talks, inspection lists and the use of suggestion box could be used during this process. Internal reports and complaints from workers could also be included and used for this purpose.


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Section 18(1) (j)

 

Are all health and safety representatives appointed as health and safety committee members?

 

 

Are your health and safety representative's functions specified on his/her appointment form?

 

 

Section 18(3)

 

Have all health and safety representatives received adequate training?

 

 

Are all health and safety representatives appointed as health and safety committee members?

 

 

Are your health and safety representative's functions specified on his/her appointment form?

 

 

 

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