Health and Safety Representative Training (HSRs)

Health and Safety Representative Stage 1 (Unit 29315) – 2 days

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

The purpose of this standard health and safety representative training 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.


Health and Safety Representative Training Stage 2 (Unit 17601 and Unit 17602) – 2 days

Unit 17602 Apply hazard identification and risk assessment procedures in the workplace.

Unit 17601 Produce an occupational health and safety incident investigation

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 learning from Stage 1 and covers the key components of hazard management and incident investigation.

Target Audience­

  • This Health and Safety Representative 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.

Health and Safety Representative 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 re-occurrence.
  • 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.
  • Conduct a hypothetical incident investigation. (Team exercise).


Our health and safety representative 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.