Safety Observer

This course provides students with an understanding of the work, activities and hazardous environments requiring a Safety Observer to control, monitor and maintain safety. This includes Safety Observer responsibilities and duties covering hot work, confined space, excavations, and working at height activities as well as emergency response measures.


A Safety Observer certificate will be issued on successful completion of this course.

Unit Standard: 17596 L3 C8 V6

Course Content

The course focuses on:

  • Health and safety legislation.
  • Work requiring a safety observer.
  • Duties of a safety observer.
  • Work environment conditions.
  • Communication methods.
  • Emergency and rescue plans.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Identify criteria under work permit procedures where the safety observer is required to control, monitor and maintain safety for activity.
  • Identify hazardous environments and activities requiring safety observer control.
  • Identify safety observer responsibilities.
  • Identify emergency response measures.

Course structure

This course is conducted in a classroom environment and is theory based. 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. 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

6 Hours


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

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.


A well constructed course.

Graeme Benton

Always enjoy courses at Wood.

Robert Adams - Whitaker Civil Engineering

Good course, helpful tutor.

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