Health and Safety Rep Initial Upskill

Key Information

Duration: 1 Day (8 Hours)

Maximum Attendees: 12

Training available nationwide at one of our centres, or your own workplace

Price (excl GST)

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Empower your Health & Safety Representatives (HSRs) with effective training and support to fulfil their responsibilities and duties.

This course will provide your Health & Safety Representatives (HSR’s) with the knowledge and skills to address issues raised by workers and manage them to the satisfaction of stakeholders. HSR’s will be updated on their responsibilities, functions and powers according to the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) and its regulations.

If you were already trained as an HSR before the HSWA came into effect and had achieved unit standard 20198 in a health and safety representative course, you may be eligible to attend the reduced one day course. The aim of this course is to bridge the gap between the old Act and the new.

In accordance with the requirements to maintain Consent to Assess for the unit standards taught on this course, Safety ‘n Action had this course pre moderated and approved by our standard setting body, The Skills Organisation.

  • Unit Standards - HSRU (Click to see more detail)








    (Pre-requisite old HSR unit standard) To transition from old HSR unit standard to the new HSR unit standard.  


Key Learning Outcomes:

  1. Upskilled to know the new Health & Safety Work Act
  2. Explain the role, functions and powers of the Health and Safety Representative under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and its Regulations
  3. Explain the role of a Health and Safety Representative as an advocate for workers
  4. Identify the obligations of a PCBU and WorkSafe New Zealand towards the Health and Safety Representative
  5. Describe the risk management process and the importance of communicating with workers and management
  6. Describe and demonstrate the functions and powers that a health and safety representative has in terms of issuing a provisional improvement notice (PIN) and how and when to direct a worker to cease unsafe work


  1. Must hold unit standard 20198

Entry Criteria:

  1. All students are required to have a level of written and oral English equivalent to NCEA level 1 (year 11) or IELTS 5.5 or higher, to be eligible to attend our courses. The person responsible for making bookings or authorising attendance on the course must agree to these Terms and Conditions prior to acceptance of their student(s) onto the course. Where a student does not meet our English language requirement a reader/writer must be supplied by the student or the person responsible for authorising the student’s attendance. The reader/writer cannot be another student attending the same course.

"Great revision and learning about practical implementation of the HSWA 2015 as a HSR. I feel more confident in my role and stronger position to advocate effectively and constructively in my work group and support other HSR’s"

Student Feedback 5th March 2018

"I found the instructor to be extremely organised and upbeat. The course and content was really helpful."

Student Feedback 25 Sep 2018