Fact Sheet 17: Occupational Health and Safety Committees

Under the new safety Laws (refer to Clause 24 of the OHS Regulation), workplaces with over 20 employees can have an Occupational Health and Safety Committees and the requirements are:

  1. The employees in that workplace must elect their own employee Representatives on the Committee.
  2. There must be an election held to elect employee reps for the committee
  3. Your union can conduct this election can conduct the election, if the majority of employees request them to conduct the election.
  4. The number of employer reps on a committee must not out number the employee reps.
  5. The chairperson of the committee must not be an employer representative.
  6. The term for Employee Representatives on a committee is two (2) years; a person may stand for re-election.

Occupational Health and Safety Committees must be established if the majority of employees in the workplace request for a Committee.

Workplaces can have both OHS Committees and OHS Representatives and this can be established through the OHS Consultation provisions.

Your union can assist you in establishing suitable OHS arrangements in your workplace. If you wish the union to represent you, please use the attached draft letter.

Note: the majority of employees should sign the letter.


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