HSR training

If you want to be able to use the new functions and powers available to HSRs under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA), such as Provisional Improvement Notices (PINs) or cease unsafe work, you need to be trained.

Do I need to have training?

Only trained HSRs can use the functions and powers available to HSRs under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA), such as issuing Provisional Improvement Notices (PINs) or telling workers to cease unsafe work.

Training introduces HSRs to HSWA and other legal concepts. It also covers other knowledge and skills HSRs need so that they can represent workers effectively.

Trained HSRs know about health and safety matters. They are aware of the rights and responsibilities of everyone in the workplace.

If HSRs do not attend training, they can still be an HSR but cannot use certain functions and powers. For example, an untrained HSR cannot issue a PIN.

As an HSR, what's my entitlement for paid training leave?

HSWA requires the PCBU to allow each HSR up to two days' paid leave a year to undertake health and safety training.

The total number of days' paid leave that a PCBU is required to allow for health and safety training is capped by HSWA. It is based on the number of workers in the business at a specified date in the year.

Who pays for training?

The PCBU must pay training fees and reasonable costs associated with attending training (for example, any travel costs).
  

I am a new or untrained HSR - how do I become trained?

The Health and Safety at Work (Worker Engagement, Participation and Representation) Regulations 2016(external link) say that an HSR must complete initial training to be considered a trained HSR. 

Initial training means achieving NZQA unit standard 29315: Describe the role and functions of the Health and Safety Representative(external link) in a New Zealand workplace.

Training providers with approval from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) can teach this unit standard. Choose this training in consultation with the PCBU (eg about time, costs and the date of training). 

Once you have achieved this unit standard, you will be considered trained and able to issue a PIN or order unsafe work to cease.

Once you have completed initial training, you can then undertake additional training, using your annual HSR training entitlement.

This entitlement allows you to attend training about workplace health and safety, or an aspect of workplace health and safety, that comes under the occupational health and safety subfield of the New Zealand Qualifications Framework, or that you and the PCBU agree is relevant to the HSR role.

I am already an HSR and was trained under the previous law – what do I need to do?

If you were trained under the previous Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 and want to be considered trained under HSWA, you will need to update your training by achieving unit standard 29315(external link).

Once you have met the initial training requirement (achieved the unit standard) you will be eligible to undertake additional training, using your annual HSR training entitlement.

This entitlement allows you to attend training about workplace health and safety, or an aspect of workplace health and safety, that comes under the occupational health and safety subfield of the New Zealand Qualifications Framework, or that you and the PCBU agree is relevant to the HSR role.