Fact Sheet 20: Workgroups

New workplace safety laws require the setting up of workgroups.

The workgroups should be defined and set up with your union.

In setting up a workgroup the following things have to be considered:

  • The number of employees
  • The type of work being performed
  • The hours of work – how many shifts are there?
  • The geographic location
  • The different types of work performed
  • Special needs i.e. gender, ethnicity, etc.
  • Pattern of work including seasonal or part time.

You and your union need to map your workplace to determine the right workgroups in your workplace.

EXAMPLE – MAPPING YOUR WORKPLACE

HOSPITAL

WORKGROUP 1 – XRAY DEPT

3 shifts x 40 Employees = 4 Reps (1 Rep for each shift plus 1 female rep)

WORKGROUP 2 – KITCHEN

3 shifts x 100 employees (incl. 20 Portuguese)= 7 Reps (1 from each shift plus 1 Rep representing Portuguese workers)

WORKGROUP 3 – LAUNDRY

20 Employees = 2 Reps

WORKGROUP 4 – ADMINSTRATION

100 Employees = 3 Reps

WORKGROUP 5 – OPERATING THEATRES

N/A

WORKGROUP 6 – CLEANING DEPARTMENT

15 Employees = 2 reps

It is recommended that the ration of Reps to Employees is 1 to 10.


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