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US 29315 Describe the role of and functions of the Health and Safety Representative in a New Zealand workplace
Level 3 Credit 2

Why is the law changing?

We have a problem in this country. Too many New Zealanders die or are seriously hurt while working. In comparison with other similar countries, our workplace health and safety record is woeful. Every year:

  • 52 people die on the job
  • Hundreds more are seriously injured
  • 600-900 die from work-related diseases.

Something has to change. We all need to work smarter and work together to do something about it.

On 4 April 2016, the Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA) came into force bringing new responsibilities for everyone in the workplace. The new law is part of a reform package aimed at reducing the number of serious work-related injuries and deaths in New Zealand by at least 25 percent by 2020.

Everyone who goes to work deserves to come home healthy and safe.

US 29315

The purpose of this standard is for representatives to explain and demonstrate the overall role and functions of a Health and Safety Representative in a New Zealand workplace. Representatives awarded with this standard will be able to:

1. Explain the role and functions of the Health and Safety Representative under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and its Regulations

2. Explain the role of a Health and Safety Representative as an advocate for workers

3. Identify the obligations of a PCBU and WorkSafe New Zealand towards the Health and Safety Representative

4. Describe the risk management process and the importance of communicating with workers and management

5. Describe and demonstrate the powers and obligations that a health and safety representative has in terms of issuing a provisional improvement notice (PIN) and how and when to direct a worker to cease unsafe work.

While this unit standard is not a high level unit it is a big unit in terms of training and in understanding the new roles and responsibilities under the Act. It is a full 2 days training.



US 17602 Apply hazard identification and risk assessment procedures in the workplaceUS 17601 Produce an occupational health and safety incident investigation

US 17601 Produce an occupational health and safety incident investigation

(Incorporating ICAM awareness training)

2 Day Course

This course provides Health and Safety Representatives tools to be able to become an effective health and safety leader in the workplace. It builds on learnings from Stage 1 and covers the key components of hazard management and incident investigation.

Target Audience­

  • This course is also useful for other levels within the organisation who wish to improve safety in the workplace by the use of sound safety systems.

Course Outcomes

  • Achieve an understanding of hazards, significant hazards and serious harm in relation to Health & Safety at Work Act 2015.
  • How to identify hazards and implement control measures.
  • Learn how to monitor control measures for effectiveness.
  • Understand the difference between a hazard and a risk.
  • Purpose of the hazard register and its advantages in managing risk.
  • Understand legislative requirements of incidents and accidents.
  • Gives a holistic appreciation of incident investigation and prevention of reoccurrence.
  • Barriers to reporting near miss incidents and how to overcome them.
  • Front Line Leaders role immediately following an incident.
  • Understand the concept of multi causes of accidents and incidents.
  • Understand the various components of the investigation process including, post incident,
    data collection, analysis and prevention.
  • An awareness of human error principles.
  • How to conduct effective witness interviews.
  • Introduction to ICAM the James Reason model.
  • Conduct a hypothetical incident investigation. (Team exercise).


Our trainers are from high risk industries and have vast experience in the practical use of hazard identification and risk management.

We conduct serious harm investigations using the ICAM tool for client organisations.


ACT Safety as a Private Training Establishment; is authorized and accredited to enter unit standards onto the NZQA framework.