Health and Safety Representative

This course is designed to provide students with foundation information that will develop and enhance skills and knowledge as a Health and Safety Representative in the workplace.


A Health and Safety Representative certificate will be issued on successful completion of this course.

Unit Standard: 29315 L3 C2 V1

Course Content

The course focuses on:

  • The functions of a HSR under the HSWA 2015
  • Understanding health and safety legislation as it relates to HSR.
  • Health and safety management system standards.
  • Risk management processes including controls.
  • Provisional Improvement Notices.
  • Incident reporting and investigation.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Explain the role and functions of the Health and Safety Representative (HSR) under the Heath and Safety at Work Act 2915 and its Regulations
  • Explain the role of a HSR and as an advocate for workers.
  • Identify the obligations of a PCBU and WorkSafe NZ towards the HSR.
  • Describe the risk management process and the importance of communicating with workers and management.
  • Describe and demonstrate 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.

Course structure

The course is a theoretical session. Students are assessed continuously during the course.

Course prerequisites


Assessment process

Theory assessment which takes place when the student is ready.


To maintain current competency, it is recommended that refresher training occurs regularly. NZQA and the Skills Organisation identify this as 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.


$340 + GST per person

Group rates available

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Meet The Trainers

John Williams

John Williams

John Williams

A safety conscious individual, John provides the bridge between training, assessing and employment on many of Taranaki’s oil and gas sites. Holding health and safety roles throughout the region and a passion for hazard identification and confined space entry, John is a well-known trainer and on the job assessor throughout the Taranaki region. John has numerous years of experience in training and his knowledge sees him as a valuable trainer due to his breath of knowledge and practical take on training.

Malcolm White

Malcolm White

Malcolm White

Consultant, Training Facilitator and company director, Mal has a history of work in the oil and gas sector, process operation and hazard management.  He has extensive experience in many roles in the workforce and brings authentic experience to the training situation.  With a background in physics, chemistry, statistics and human anatomy he knows his subject matter well, and this knowledge and experience comes to the fore in his training and delivery.


I enjoyed the course and learnt a lot.  Great course for new people branching into health and safety in the work place.

Green Fuse Controls Ltd.

Really enjoyed what could have been a long boring course.

Quest Integrity

Course very well tailored to our work group.  A fantastic presentation of what normally is a dull topic.


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