HSR tools and resources

HSR tools and resources

A range of helpful tools and resources for HSRs.


Your agency will have a range of resources and support available to you as an HSR. Additional resources are also provided by WorkSafe and from many unions – such as the PSA (listed below). This page outlines examples of key support and resources available.

Support and advice for HSRs

 
Public Service Association

As a trade union, the PSA represents and supports more than 75,000 workers across central government, state-owned enterprises, local councils, health boards, and community groups.

They're a powerful public voice and a key player in New Zealand politics, arguing for policies that improve public services and the working conditions of those who deliver them.

Their purpose is to build a union able to influence the political, economic, industrial, and social environments in the interests of the membership of the PSA.

As an HSR, the PSA can provide support and guidance for supporting union members with health and safety concerns. Union members and HSRs can reach out by contacting the PSA directly.

Visit PSA's website(external link)

WorkSafe

If you’re an HSR you play a big role in managing workplace health and safety across Aotearoa. Alongside Health and Safety Committees (HSCs), you help to enable your team to be directly involved in improving your work environment, and you provide an important link between your colleagues and company leadership.

WorkSafe has a range of resources and information for HSRs.

See WorkSafe’s hub for all things HSR(external link)

Online tools and resources

 
GHSL: Health and Safety Basics

Employees, union representatives and employers are required to work together to find the best systems for a safe and healthy workplace.

In order to achieve this, whether you are a worker, manager or an elected HSR there are some Health and Safety basics that everybody should know in order to make the processes and procedures you choose to use to be as effective as they possibly can be.

This is an online interactive resource for HSRs about key concepts in health and safety.

 

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GHSL: HSRs making a difference 

HSRs play an important role in keeping workplaces healthy and safe. HSRs can help a workplace to achieve good health and safety outcomes by being the voice of the worker and can help to bridge the gap between how a workplace (PCBU) imagines work is done verses how workers actually do the work. This online interactive resource can help HSRs to learn about their role and how to be effective.

(external link)

WorkSafe HSR videos(external link)

WorkSafe New Zealand have created a series of videos for health and safety representatives. This includes

  • Advice from the experts
  • What the business needs to do
  • Qualities of a great HSR
  • Why are HSRs important

 Click here(external link)

Te Kete Maruiti

Te Kete Maruiti is WorkSafe New Zealand’s Māori cultural learning application. It teaches Te Ao Māori (the Māori world) and focusses on basic teachings to support day to day mahi (work). HSRs can use this when engaging across the business.

Interactive features within the app include pronunciation of te reo Māori, maps with Māori names and iwi groups, values and principles, mihimihi/pepeha (introductions), ngā mihi (greetings), poroporoaki (farewells), whakataukī (proverbs), waiata (songs) and WorkSafe’s own haka.

One of the app’s key features is that it allows staff to input their own personal information to create a customised pepeha.

Download Te Kete Maruiti(external link)

Guidance and templates

 
WorkSafe guidance(external link)

WorkSafe New Zealand have guidance materials on a range of topics including:

See WorkSafe's website for more topics.

Government Health and Safety Lead guidance(external link)

The GHSL have guidance on a range of topics, including their printable resources on:

See the Government Health and Safety Lead website for more resources.

Business Leaders' Health and Safety Forum guidance(external link)

The Business Leaders' Health and Safety Forum have a range of guidance aimed at senior leaders and business leaders. These can be helpful resources for HSRs to use when talking to leaders and H&S committees. Helpful resources include:

Check out the Business Leaders H&S Forum website for resources.

Employment New Zealand(external link)

The Employment New Zealand website contains helpful information on employment matters including health and safety at work. 

 

Check out the Employment NZ website for more information.

Support services

 Printable GHSL resource

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