Health and Safety Training
The Learning and Development team facilitates a number of courses specifically relating to health and safety topics.
Some courses are run at regular intervals and these are noted in DevelopMe (Staff only).
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.
2023 dates have not yet been confirmed. Once this occurs you will be able to log into DevelopMe to view upcoming training dates and enrol.
Training of Workplace First Aiders at the University of Canterbury is carried out by St John. St John are accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) to assess first aid Unit Standards.
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. Department Safety Officers (DSOs) should carry out an annual First Aid Needs Assessment in Assura. This will help to provide guidance on how many staff should be trained First Aiders.
Log into DevelopMe to view upcoming training dates, or to enrol in this training.
First Aid Training Approval and Cancellations
An application to attend on-site first aid training is subject to approval based on the outcome of the First Aid Needs Assessment (as detailed above).
If you have enrolled in a programme and are unable to attend, we ask that you withdraw in DevelopMe at least 3 working days prior to the programme commencing.
Failure to withdrawl from the course 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.
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 Learning & Development are able to fill your place from waitlisted participants or other interested parties.
N.B. this does not include attendance at St Johns 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, a person can attend off-site training. For First Aid training off-site training dates and course descriptions, please visit St John - First Aid.
Please note that your department is responsible for the cost of your training if using the off-site option.
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 booking directly with St John.
Go to St John - First Aid, select the course you would like to attend and follow the prompts.
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 St John. You have a maximum of two years from certification to refresh your training.
UC Health and Safety does not fund the payments for Students attending First Aid courses.
Please refer to St John - First Aid Level 1 and First Aid Refresher for a course outline, or contact St John on 0800 785 646 if you would like to discuss other courses.
Go to St John - First Aid, select the course you would like to attend, at follow the prompts.
If the department is paying a Purchase Order will need to be raised.
Undertake Health & Safety Training
Health & Safety Initial Representative
You will soon be able to apply online via DevelopMe, in the meantime please email the Learning & Development Team directly at email@example.com and request to be enrolled.
This self-paced online 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 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.
The key learning outcomes are:
- Explain and demonstrate the overall role, powers and functions of a Health and Safety Representative in a New Zealand workplace
- Explain the role, functions and powers of the Health and Safety Representative under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and its Regulations
- Explain the role of a Health and Safety Representative as an advocate for workers
- Identify the obligations of a PCBU and WorkSafe New Zealand towards the Health and Safety Representative
- Describe the risk management process and the importance of communicating with workers and management
- Describe and demonstrate the powers and obligations 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
Training documents and videos for the Assura H&S Reporting System can be found here: Assura Resources and User Guides.
If you need anything further, please contact the Health and Safety Team who will discuss your needs and tailor training to suit.
Check out the system user guides and resources below
Got a training idea?
Use the Suggestion report in Assura
SafetyHub - safety training videos
Do you want to learn more about a specific health and safety topic? We have SafetyHub, a library of over 100 safety training videos.