At the request of PSA members in the NSW Sheriff Office, your union is currently involved in representing members in the course of negotiating workgroups and Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs) for each region.
HSRs are elected by workers and represent the interests of workers in their workgroup for work health and safety (WHS) matters.
Your PSA Sheriff’s Officers Vocational Branch Advisory Group (SOVBAG) has been addressing a range of safety issues concerning the risks to your safety, including security issues.
We are now seeking your comment and endorsement on a proposed WHS consultation model based on proximity rather than Sheriff structures. The HSRs would then consult with their local and peak Sheriff management representatives.
HSRs have a number of functions based on consultation around WHS matters. Trained HSRs also have the power to direct other workers and management to cease unsafe work.
We propose the following HSR representative workgroup structure:
- Metropolitan Sydney – 10 HSRs
- Hunter Central Coast – 3 HSRs
- North Coast – 3 HSRs
- New England – 2 HSRs
- Western – 3 HSRs
- Riverina – 2 HSRs
- Illawarra South Coast – 3 HSRs
Please complete this brief survey to review this proposed model for WHS consultation. Your comments are appreciated.