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Formerly Occupational Health & Safety

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Whatever industry you work in, it’s essential that you keep up with health & safety requirements in the workplace. One of the best references for all information about H&S is the WorkSafe NZ website.

There are many courses available across NZ which cover a range of H&S practices.

Some relevant qualifications are:

  • Health & Safety Representative (HSR) – Becoming an HSRHSR Training
  • NZ Certificate in Workplace H&S Practice (Level 3) – NZQA 3533
  • NZ Certificate in Workplace H&S Practice (Level 4) – NZQA 3534
  • NZ Diploma in Workplace Health and Safety Management (Level 6)– NZQA 3645

Don’t let legislation confuse you – take the first step today to grow your confidence and skills in workplace health & safety.


NZQA qualifications in Workplace H&S

NZQA’s website lists a range of educational organisations who can assist in gaining these qualifications, simply search the qualification or unit standard of interest and then open the drop-down list. E.g.

Why get trained on Workplace Health & Safety?

In New Zealand, an average of 50 people die every year in workplace accidents. A further 900 suffer from work-related health problems. Your business needs to make sure it provides a safe and healthy place to work.

Having people qualified to help with health and safety requirements on site means you have a dedicated person facilitating safe practices in your business. They can also do regular internal audits to identify risks, investigate and report incidents, and educate other staff on safety procedures and measures.

Why do a Workplace Health & Safety course?

Stay up to date with industry standards

The Health & Safety at Work Act 2015  shifts the focus from monitoring and recording health and safety incidents to proactively identifying and managing risks so everyone is safe and healthy.

Improve your business reputation

With more health & safety-qualified staff, your business will be able to stand out to potential customers and employees as a safety-conscious workplace.

Expand your career options

In today’s world, it’s more important than ever to upskill and keep your options open. With health & safety courses under your belt, you have the choice of branching out into new roles, such as a Health & Safety Advisor.

What you will learn

Many courses cover a range of key Health & Safety topics, including:

  • Workplace Health & Safety requirements
  • Risk assessment
  • Fire and emergency evacuations
  • Hazardous substances
  • Investigating incidents
  • Managing drug and alcohol problems
  • Communication skills
  • And much more

Industries and Topics

WorksafeNZ have specific information relating to Industries or Topics covering the below areas (correct as of May 2020)

Worksafe A-Z Topics and Industry

Adventure activities





Planning entry and working safely in a confined space

Air quality


Plant and equipment

Amusement devices


Power tools


Hazardous substances

Quad bikes

Building and construction

Health and hygiene

Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE)


Health and safety by design

Sexual harassment

Burns and scalds

Health and safety in healthcare

Shotguns – Safe use in orchards


Health and safety in port operations

Slips, trips and falls

Compressed air


Temperature at work


Legionnaires’ disease

Traffic management in manufacturing

Contact dermatitis

Load lifting and rigging

Tree work



Vehicle movements


Major hazard facilities



Manual handling

Violence at work




Energy Safety





Work-related health


Occupational diving

Worker accommodation

Flammable liquids and fire risk

Personal protective equipment (PPE)

Working at height