Health and Safety Representative Transition Training (HSR)
The Government-funded Health and Safety Representative Transition Training (HSR) came to a close on 30 June 2016.
The training programme was provided free of charge to HSRs who were trained under the former Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 to prepare them for the changes in the new Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, which came into force on 1 April 2016.
MBIE, WorkSafe and training provider Safety-N-Action developed and delivered a mix of online and nation-wide face-to-face training which started in February 2016.
The value of transition training
The HSRs who have completed transition training are an important resource in ensuring effective worker participation to improve health and safety outcomes in New Zealand workplaces.
Trained HSRs are knowledgeable about Health and Safety matters, how the new Act works, and are aware of the rights and responsibilities of everyone in the workplace. Transition training for HSRs was delivered to support one important way that MBIE works together with training providers to manage health and safety risks.
Release of documents
The following links are to documents prepared by MBIE which provide background on the development of the HSR training programme as well as the process for selecting a training provider
- Minister's briefing: 26 August 2014 [PDF 607KB]
- Memo: 27 February 2015 [PDF 1.3MB]
- Minister's briefing: 27 May 2015 [PDF 864KB]
Some portions of these documents have been withheld under the following grounds of the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA):
- Section 9(2)(a): to protect the privacy of natural persons;
- Section 9(2)(b)(ii): commercial in confidence;
- Section 9(2)(ba)(i): to protect information supplied in confidence.
WorkSafe documents on HSR training
WorkSafe also contributed to the selection of a training provider as well as the development of a training programme. The actual documentation and training programme that was provided to HSRs can be accessed from the WorkSafe website.