At least half the committee must be workers and represent workers. One member must be appointed by the PCBU and be authorized to make decisions on behalf of the PCBU ( i.e. a manager). Each HSR is eligible to be a member of the health and safety committee.
They assist the PCBU in developing any standards, rules, policies and procedures relating to health and safety. They can also get involved in making health and safety plans and reviewing goals, objectives and the effectiveness of risk management. Health and safety committees should meet at least every three months. Note that health and safety committees [...]
The role of the health and safety representative includes: representing workers in matters relating to health and safety; investigating complaints from workers; inquiring into anything that appears to be a risk to health and safety of workers and making recommendations relating to health and safety (Schedule 2 (1) of the Health and Safety a Work [...]
A Health and Safety Representative is a worker elected by workers in their workgroup to engage with the PCBU about health and safety matters.
What does the Health and Safety at Work Act (2015) say about worker engagement, representation and participation?
The PCBU must provide workers with reasonable opportunities to participate effectively in improving health and safety on an ongoing basis. In a small workplace (e.g. 5 workers) this could be having a monthly health and safety meeting with all staff. In larger workplaces, workers can elect health and safety representatives to represent their workgroup. Health [...]