Health and Safety Representative Training (HSRs)

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

NZQA 29315 Describing the role of and functions of the HSRs in a New Zealand workplace.

The purpose of this unit 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. Explaining the role and functions of the HSRs under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and its Regulations

2. Explaining the role of a HSR as an advocate for workers

3. Identifying the obligations of a PCBU and WorkSafe New Zealand towards the HSRs

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

5. Demonstrating and describing the powers and obligations that a HSR 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 (NZQA 17601 and 17602) – 2 days

NZQA 17602 Applying hazard identification and risk assessment procedures in the workplace.

NZQA 17601 Produce an occupational health and safety incident investigation

This HSR 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.



Health and Safety Representative carry out duties like identifying risks/ hazards, promoting positive health and safety management practices, and working with the employer to manage them. They are appropriately trained and can issue a Provisional Improvement Notice.

Under the Health and Safety at Work (Worker Engagement, Participation and Representation) Regulations 2016 (the Regulations) and the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) and, to be a Health and Safety Representative you must be a worker who has been formally elected by the members of your work group to represent them on health and safety matters. The election process must follow the steps required by law.

Pay for HRS varies depending on skills and experience. • HRS with up to three years’ experience earn an average of $71,000 a year. • Those with four to nine years’ experience earn an average of $87,500. • Senior HRS with 10 or more years’ experience earn an average of $112,500. For more information, please visit

Completing initial HRS training means achieving New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) unit standard 29315: Describe the role and functions of the Health and Safety Representative in a New Zealand workplace. ACT Safety offers HRS courses stage 1 and 2 to for trainee who want gain HRS certificate.

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