Health and Safety Representative

Definition - What does Health and Safety Representative mean?

A Health and Safety Representative is an employee who is nominated by fellow non-managerial employees to work with the employer to determine and resolve any health and safety issues in the workplace. Legislation in Candada requires all workplaces with at least 5 and no more than 20 employees to appoint a Health and Safety Representative. This ensures that the workplace is compliant with the Canada Labor Code and the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

WorkplaceTesting explains Health and Safety Representative

A Health and Safety Representative is responsible for handling health and safety disputes by collaborating with the employer and health and safety officers in determining what the issue is and resolving it efficiently. The objective of a Health and Safety Representative is to reduce risk of injury or illness in the workplace. Their duties include conducting investigations and inspections; recording incidents, risks, and accidents; performing monthly workplace assessments; assisting in the implementation of using protective gear; assisting with changes to processes that affect health and safety, and identifying hazardous materials or environments.

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