Calling Trained H&S Reps
22 Dec 2015
Safety 'n Action, one of Site Safe's strategic partners, has been appointed the sole deliverer of Government-funded Health and Safety Representative (HSR) transition training in partnership with WorkSafe New Zealand.
The transition training will be available for four months only from February 2016, and will be structured to ensure there are enough trained HSRs to bridge the gap between the current legislation and the new Act. The short term training will be available to a limited number of HSRs and be delivered both face to face and online.
The transition training is for existing, trained Reps only, and will prepare HSRs to function under the new Health and Safety at Work Act coming into force on 4 April 2016. The Act includes changes to health and safety management, and introduces several new concepts. The Act also strengthens the HSR role and provides clearer functions and some extended powers. Only those HSRs trained in the new legislation will have access to those extended powers.
The transition training is currently under development, so if you are or have HSRs who have already been trained (whether by Site Safe or one of the other approved providers), then visit https://hsr-training.safetynaction.co.nz for more information.
Once delivery of the transition training is finished all other HSRs wishing to be considered trained for the purposes of the new Act (including any new HSRs that require training) will need to undertake new training as prescribed by the Health and Safety at Work Act. The Skills Organisation is currently developing a Unit Standard to outline the specific requirements of this training, and Site Safe, as an existing approved provider of Stage 1 HSR training, will be redeveloping it's HSR training course to be aligned with this, with the goal of having our construction focused Health and Safety Representative training available by the end of March 2016.