Health and Safety Training

The Health and Safety Team in conjunction with Learning and Development facilitates a number of courses specifically relating to health and safety topics.

Some courses are run at regular intervals and these are noted in the Health and Safety Training Calendar.

If there is demand for courses relating to health and safety that are not in the calendar then contact the Health and Safety team

Conducted by Fire Fighting Pacific on site at the University, the purpose of this training is to inform you of:

  • Extinguisher theory - knowledge and understanding of hand-held fire-fighting equipment
  • Extinguisher practical - competency in the use of hand-held fire-fighting equipment
  • Evacuation procedures and warden structure specific to the University of Canterbury.

All training dates are in the Health and Safety Training Calendar

To enrol in training log in to UC People and navigate to the Professional Development tile

Training of Workplace First Aiders at the University of Canterbury must be carried out by Red Cross. Red Cross are accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) to assess first aid Unit Standards. Exception is made for staff who do not have access to Red Cross’s services such as staff members based at field stations, or when specialist first aid training or unit standards are required that Red Cross cannot provide.

The number of trained first-aiders required depends on the number of staff or students present in any particular situation along with the types of hazards present in the environment. The Workplace First Aid Needs Assessment can be completed to provide guidance on what particular training requirements you have.

All training dates are in the Health and Safety Training Calendar

To enrol in training log in to UC People and navigate to the Professional Development tile

First Aid Training Costs and Cancellations

There is no charge for this on-site training if you are a Continuing or Fixed Term staff member, however if you have enrolled in a course and are unable to attend, we ask that you notify Learning Development at least 72 hours prior to the course commencing.

Failure to provide this notice or not attending on the day will result in your department being charged a cancellation fee. This fee is based on an equitable apportionment of the total fee cost being charged to the University for the running of the session. The cancellation fee for the on-site Workplace First Aid courses are $60 excluding GST for the First Aid Refresher, and $90 excluding GST for the First Aid Full.

A cancellation fee also applies for non-attendance of part of a course (unless agreed in advance), if the course extends for more than one session. If there are extenuating circumstances, Health & Safety should be advised of these. A cancellation fee will not be charged if Health & Safety are able to fill your place from waitlisted participants or other interested parties.

N.B. this does not include attendance at Red Cross public schedule courses where your department is responsible for the full cost (see instructions below detailing how to make an off-site booking).

Workplace First Aid Staff Training (off-site) (Department funded)

If you are not able to attend on-site training or there is no planned training, you are welcome to attend off-site training. For First Aid training off-site training dates and course descriptions, please visit Red Cross - First Aid.

The discounted pricing (below) applies for both staff and students. Please note that your department is responsible for the cost of your training if using the off-site option.

Registration and Cost

The costs for off-site First Aid training are:

  • Comprehensive First Aid (Workplace Full): $140.00 (excludes GST)
  • First Aid Revalidation (Workplace Refresher): $77.00 (excludes GST)

To enrol in first aid training off-site:

Obtain approval from the appropriate delegated authority to attend the off-site Workplace First Aid Training course.

Arrange a purchase order number through your usual work area process - you will need it to complete your online booking.

Go to Red Cross - First Aid, select the course you would like to attend and follow the prompts.

Indicate that you are from the University of Canterbury to ensure you obtain discounted pricing.

Enter in your staff ID number into the Organisation Field Reference ID field plus all other required information.

Ensure you check the details are correct before confirming your booking.

Please remember to take your current first aid certificate along to your Revalidation course as this is a requirement for Red Cross. You have a maximum of two years and three months from certification to refresh your training.

Disclaimer: The prices quoted on this page are subject to change without notification. To confirm pricing details please contact Learning Development.

UC Health and Safety does not fund the payments for Students attending First Aid courses.

Students of the University of Canterbury are eligible for discounted pricing on booking.

Course Description

Please refer to Red Cross - Comprehensive First Aid (Workplace Full) and Red Cross - First Aid Revalidation (Workplace Refresher) for a course outline, or contact Red Cross on 0800 733 276 if you would like to discuss other courses.

To enrol:

Go to Red Cross - First Aid, select the course you would like to attend, make a note of the session and phone the local Red Cross branch (03) 339 7111. You will not be able to enrol via the on-line booking system, as the discount is not applied when booking on-line.

When you phone to book please indicate that you are from the University of Canterbury to ensure you obtain discounted pricing.

The costs for off-site First Aid training are:

  • Full (Red Cross - 2 Day Comprehensive First Aid): $140.00 incl GST (usually $225.00)
  • Refresher (Red Cross - 1 day First Aid Revalidation): $70.00 incl GST (usually $130.00)

Undertake Health & Safety Training

Health & Safety Initial Representative

Apply online for this course through UCPeople. Simply enter your log-in details, navigate to the Professional Development tile, Request Training Enrolment and search by course and/or date. For a step by step guide on how to enrol refer to to UCPeople User Video: Search and Enrol in Professional Development (Video).

Course Description:

This two-day course is designed to provide you with the fundamentals in representing the concerns and overseeing the wellbeing of fellow staff.

You will learn how to effectively perform the responsibilities of a workplace Health and Safety role, understand Health and Safety legal requirements, and promote the successful management of Health and Safety issues in good faith.

This course is recommended for Health and Safety Representatives, Departmental Safety Officers, Management Representatives, Persons in control of a place of work, HR Advisors, and any other staff with a responsibility for Health and Safety.

This course is compulsory under Sections 70(a) and 85(a) of the Health & Safety at Work Act 2015 for training Health and Safety Representatives.

There are additional courses available that build on the initial representative course. See the offerings through UCPeople

Conducted by Paul Coleman from Think What If Ltd. The purpose of this training is to equip Managers/Heads/ Supervisors to prepare thoroughly for the safety requirements of upcoming field trips, including:

  • Revision of the UC Field Activities Protocol
  • Use of the Checklist for Activity Leader: Field Activity Briefing
  • Use of the Field Activity Plan
  • Use of the Field Activity Participant Consent
  • Utilising the Field Activity Risk Matrix
  • Reviewing the UC Prepare for a Safe Field Activity procedure.

All training dates are in the Health and Safety Training Calendar

To enrol in training log in to UC People and navigate to the Professional Development tile

Conducted by Paul Coleman from Think What If Ltd, the purpose of this training is to inform you of:

  • Relevant legislation
  • UC's obligations as a PCBU (Person Conducting Business or Undertaking)
  • Responsibilities for PCBU's and workers
  • Risk/Hazard identification and control
  • UC's obligations to others (e.g. visitors, contractors, students)

All training dates are in the Health and Safety Training Calendar

To enrol in training log in to UC People and navigate to the Professional Development tile

Event Recording and Investigation Processes Training

The purpose of this training is to provide opportunity to learn: 

  • The Event Recording process
  • The importance of investigating an event, why we investigate, who investigates
  • Relevant legislation
  • The University's obligations as an employer
  • Responsibilities
  • Securing the scene
  • Reporting a Notifiable Event
  • Event Investigation process; gathering information, what level of investigation is required, analysing, identifying, solutions, evaluation and learnings
  • Legal Privilege.

Contractor Management Training

Course Description

The purpose of this training is to provide opportunity to learn:

  • The Health and Safety in Employment Act
  • UC's obligations as an employer
  • Responsibilities as a principal
  • Responsibilities when you are in control of a workplace
  • What do if there is an accident

Training in RMSS (Risk Management Safety System) is provided by the Health and Safety Team. Please contact the Health and Safety Team who will discuss your needs and tailor training to suit.

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