Quick links and resources for Health, Safety, and Wellbeing Reps in Aotearoa

If you’re a Health and Safety Rep (HSR) you play a big role in managing workplace health and safety across Aotearoa. Alongside Health and Safety Committees (HSCs), you help to enable your team to be directly involved in improving your work environment, and you provide an important link between your colleagues and company leadership.

We know that you’re already a proactive and well-connected person, or else you wouldn’t be here – so we’ve compiled a few things that will make your life as a ‘Rep’ a little easier:

WorkSafe – ‘Health and Safety Reps’ video content

While we’re not meaning to blow our own trumpet, we reckon the video content we recently put together on the role of HSRs is worth a watch.

Presented by Nicole Rosie (ex-Chief Executive, WorkSafe), Darren Evans (General Manager People Safety & Aviation Medicine, Air New Zealand) and Daniel Charpentier (Logistics Manager, Whittaker’s), these short videos answer some of the frequently asked questions about HSRs. They’re a short and sweet, plain and simple look at common areas of confusion that HSRs might encounter.

Health and Safety Reps(external link)

WorkSafe – ‘Requirements for Health and Safety Representatives and Health and Safety Committees’

For an introduction to HSCs as well as HSRs, we recommend checking out our page on the two.

Covering the reasons behind establishing reps and committees within a business, as well as linking to a number of in-depth resources on the topics, this page serves as a solid starting point for anyone unsure of what HSRs or HSCs are.

Requirements for Health and Safety Representatives and Health and Safety Committees

Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA)

For all of you hard core HSRs, next up we’ve got the be-all of New Zealand health and safety: the Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA) 2015.

Certainly the most comprehensive entry in our list, the Act is the undisputed source of truth for everything health and safety. Divided into five key sections, it gets into the nitty gritty, covering everything from key terms and definitions, to tips for getting workers more engaged and represented in the workplace.

At 232 pages, it’s probably more of a reference document than a late night page-turner. Either way, it’s worth getting to know for anyone involved in health and safety.

Health and Safety at Work Act 2015(external link)

Looking for more?

Health & Safety Association NZ (HASANZ)

The Health & Safety Association NZ (HASANZ) is the umbrella organisation representing workplace health and safety professions in New Zealand.

Designed as a first point of contact for anyone interested in workplace health and safety, HASANZ prides itself as being a trusted voice in the industry. HASANZ is mostly known for their comprehensive register of H&S professionals. While the register itself is geared towards connecting businesses with people who work in health and safety full-time, there is plenty on the website for HSRs to get stuck into. As well as training and networking events, they also have a range of resources you can download covering topics such as the basics on health and safety at work. Whatever your interest, HASANZ likely has it covered.

Health & Safety Association NZ website(external link)

Still stuck?

The amount of information out there for HSRs can be overwhelming. We understand. If you can’t find the right resources or need a hand with anything, we’re available to help.

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