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Establishing WHS committees

Under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (WHS Act) a health and safety committee (HSC) brings together workers and management to develop and review health and safety policies and procedures for the workplace. Division 4 of Part 5 of the WHS Act, sections 75 - 79 deals with duties, obligations, constitution and functions of HSCs.

How is a health and safety committee established?

Where a relevant Health and Safety Representative (HSR), or five or more workers, at a workplace request the creation of a HSC, the person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) must create one within two months of the request.

A PCBU may create a HSC at any time.

Functions of a Health and Safety Committee are:

  • Facilitate cooperation between the PCBU and workers in instigating, developing and carrying out measures designed to ensure the workers’ health and safety at work.
  • Assist in developing standards, rules and/or procedures relating to health and safety to improve and ensure workers health and safety at the workplace.
  • Comply with functions prescribed by regulations.
  • Carry out any other functions agreed between the PCBU and the HSC.
Page last updated: 01 Apr 2014