Working with Hazardous Substances Competent Person

This course provides students with the knowledge to be a competent person in the safe handling, storage, and disposal of workplace hazardous substances as well as an understanding of the potential adverse effects these substances pose to people, property and the environment.


A Hazardous Substance Competent Person certificate will be issued on successful completion of all assessment requirements.

Unit Standard: 31290 L4 C6 V1, 31293 L4 C3 V1

Course Content

The course focuses on:

  • Knowledge of hazardous substances including legislation requirements.
  • Properties and effects of hazardous substances.
  • Technical vocabulary.
  • Interpreting product specific information.
  • Documentation for hazardous substances including inventories and safety data sheets.
  • Storage, separation, segregation, tracking, handling and disposal.
  • Emergency management and preparation.
  • Understanding potential adverse effects of hazardous substances to people and the environment.
  • Spill response.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of classifying hazardous substances.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the potential adverse effects of hazardous sub- stances substances on the body and environment, types of exposure monitoring, and treatment options.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of safe storage, tracking requirements, handling, and disposal of hazardous substances.
  • Describe response to uncontrolled re- lease of hazardous substances.
  • Interpret health and safety information for safe handling, storage, and disposal of a hazardous substance.
  • Demonstrate safe storage, handling, and disposal of a hazardous substance in the workplace.
  • Demonstrate response to uncontrolled release of a hazardous substance.

Course structure

US31290 is conducted in a classroom environment and is theory based, US31293 is a hands on workplace practical component that involves an on job assignment.

Assessment process

Theory assessment which takes place when the student is ready. This include completion of an on job assignment signed off by a supervisor at the students workplace and returned within 90 days.


To maintain current competency, it is recommended that refresher training occurs regularly. Depending on the industry you work in this may vary. Current Wood Training recommendation is every two years.

Items to bring

  • Photo ID.
  • Comfortable clothing suitable for participating in practical exercises.
  • Covered-in footwear.
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Course Length

1 Day


Wood Training Centre
26 Manadon St
New Plymouth

or at customer premises.


$305 + GST per person

Group rates available

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