Health and Safety Representatives (HSR) must achieve NZQA unit standard 29315 to be considered a HSR. If you hold the expired unit standard 20918 or were trained under the old Health and Safety Act, you will need to update your training to achieve unit standard 29315.

The purpose of this training is to provide you with information to understand the obligations and responsibilities of a HSR under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015. This will enable you to play an active role in the health and safety programme in your organisation.

  • Location:
    Available nationally
  • Method of Study:
    Part time block courses with assessment completed in the workplace
  • $418

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Unit Standards

  • Unit 29315: Describe the role and functions of the Health and Safety Representative in a New Zealand workplace.

Core Elements

On completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Understand the Act and how it applies to your role
  • Understand the role and functions of the HSR
  • Understand the role of the HSR as an advocate for the workers
  • Recognise sources of information needed by an HSR, know where to get it from, know how to request that information from the PCBU or other groups and how to communicate it to workers
  • Effectively communicate Health and Safety (H&S) issues and worker recommendations to management
  • Provide effective feedback to workers
  • Understand the role of an HSR in supporting workers undergoing rehabilitation
  • Identify the obligations of a PCBU towards the HSR
  • Understand the role and functions of WorkSafe New Zealand (WorkSafe) as they apply to the role of the HSR
  • Understand the Risk Management (RM) process
  • Effectively communicate with workers and management during the process of RM
  • Understand the powers and obligations of an HSR regarding issuing a Provisional Improvement Notice (PIN)
  • Complete a PIN
  • Understand the rights and processes for ceasing unsafe work
  • Understand how and when to direct a worker to cease unsafe work

Further Study Paths

Tai Poutini Polytechnic offer additional short courses in health and safety that credit towards the National qualifications in occupational health and safety.

Upon successful completion of the Health and Safety Representatives in the Workplace course participants will have completed 20 credits towards the achievement of the National Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (Workplace Safety) Level 3. A further two day Tai Poutini Polytechnic health and safety course and 8 credits from a wide range of industry fields will satisfy the requirements of the qualification.

Entry Criteria

  • Be a minimum of 16 years of age
  • Applicants for whom English is a second language must meet IELTS (or equivalent) Level 5.5.