Managers Can Get Gains on SafeWork NSW HSR Courses

Weekly WHS Article 8th June 2021


It’s not just managers who can attend and get gains on HSR courses. Supervisors and others can also attend and get gains.


They will receive a SafeWork NSW course certificate on completion of the course. But, because they are not HSRs elected by a workgroup, they do not have the powers of an HSR to issue provisional improvement notices or to direct that unsafe work is ceased.


On a SafeWork NSW 5-day HSR course, managers, supervisors, and others will achieve an understanding of matters such as;

  • the WHS legislative framework, key parties with duties and functions

  • the mandatory consultation requirements in their workplace,

  • their role in the mandatory consultation process,

  • the role, powers and limitations of HSRs,

  • monitoring PCBU’s management of WHS


A Manager’s Success Story

A manager of a company who attended one of our SafeWork NSW 5-day HSR courses had wins that inspired us to summarise his success in bullet point format and pass it on to others (with his consent).

What the Manager said:

  • He enjoyed the HSR course and it had "changed him as a person".

  • He realized that he was a "bad communicator" and that is something he can work on.

  • The course content addressing 2-way communication is important to be able to make the consultation process happen and to resolve issues. In his industry there is a lot of complaining and whinging and nothing gets resolved.

  • The course gave him a better idea of how to correctly prioritize things to be dealt with.

  • Money and time spent on issues that are "low" priority is wasteful. Therefore, prioritizing correctly and then acting accordingly has financial and productivity benefits.

  • The course content helped him realise that behaviour shifting was essential in his work place and it also helped him to figure out how to do something about it.

  • The course has given him the knowledge (including having the WHS Act on his side) to be able to change things.

  • The HSR course has enabled him to "be part of the solution".


We hope this Manager's feedback is useful food for thought for you and WHS in your workplace.



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2nd June 2021

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