Changes on 1 December as we move to HSWA for Compliance Certification
- Staff training a big change - shown below - other changes click the link
Our weblink to HSWA changes affecting our customer
HSWA requirements for Staff Training:
One of the changes that will affect you most is the training and competency regulation
10.34(1)(c) and 4.5 which comes into force on 1/6/2018 and you must be ready for
10.34(1)(c) - ANY WORKER at the location who handles a class 2.1.1, 2.1.2 or 3.1 substance HAS RECEIVED information, training and instruction in accordance with regulation 4.5
4.5 - Duty of PCBU to provide information, training, and instruction
(1) In addition to complying with regulation 9 of the Health and Safety at Work (General Risk and Workplace Management) Regulations 2016, a PCBU must ensure that every worker who uses, handles, manufactures, or stores a hazardous substance (including hazardous waste) is, before the worker is allowed to carry out or supervise work involving those substances, provided with— (a) the information referred to in subclause (2); and (b) the training and instruction referred to in subclause (3).
(2) The information is—
(a) any operations in the worker’s work area where hazardous substances are present; and
(b) the location and availability of known reference material on the hazards, safe handling, and storage of the hazardous substances found in the workplace, including (without limitation) safety data sheets.
(3) The training and instruction must include—
(a) training and instruction in the following:
(i) the physico-chemical and health hazards associated with the hazardous substances the worker uses at work:
(ii) the procedures (if applicable) for the safe use, handling, manufacture, storage, and disposal of the hazardous substances: (iii) practice in the safe use of plant (including personal protective equipment) necessary to manage the hazardous substances:
(iiia) the worker’s obligations under these regulations:
(iv) the actions that the worker should take in an emergency involving the hazardous substances; and
(b) an appropriate period of practical experience of the matters described in paragraph (a), under direct supervision in the workplace.
(4) The information provided under subclause (2) and the training and instruction provided under subclause (3) may cover specific hazardous substances or groups of hazardous substances with the same hazardous properties.
(5) A PCBU must—
(a) keep a record of training and instruction provided under this regulation for each worker; and
(b) ensure the record is available for inspection by an inspector or compliance certifier.
(6) A PCBU who can demonstrate, by documentation or certification, that a worker’s previous experience or training (or both) has resulted in training equivalent to that described in subclause (3) is not required to provide training and instruction in accordance with subclause (3) unless the PCBU considers refresher training to be necessary.
(7) Despite subclause (6), a worker with equivalent training who is new to the workplace must receive site-specific induction and have appropriate supervised experience at the new workplace.
(8) A PCBU who contravenes subclause
(1) commits an offence and is liable on conviction,—
(a) for an individual, to a fine not exceeding $10,000:
(b) for any other person, to a fine not exceeding $50,000.
(9) A PCBU who contravenes subclause (5) commits an offence and is liable on conviction,—
(a) for an individual, to a fine not exceeding $2,000:
(b) for any other person, to a fine not exceeding $10,000
This means a single Approved Handler is no longer a suitable solution to training and competency.
One solution would be to set up a training matrix (Training Matrix Template Sample - nz_dol_sample_1_training_matrix_template.xlsx) which lists all your staff and all the training options you have and put dates in the corresponding cells to document the training they have been provided and the schedule for future training.
Attached is a sample you can choose to amend if you don't already have something similar.
If you do this proactively it will expedite the renewal of your Location Compliance Certificate as this is probably the biggest single change that will affect sites which previously required Approved Handlers.
Hazardous Substance Worker Training GUIDANCE under HSWA from Worksafe
Information, training and instruction for workers handling hazardous substances
Training matrix template sample - nz_dol_sample_1_training_matrix_template.xlsx
click on both sheet1 and sheet2 to see different ideas on how to record
Emergency Response Flipchart (now a living electronic document - download and store now)? https://hazardoussubstances.govt.nz/media/1058/emergency-response-flipchart.pdf
Inventory calculator - https://hazardoussubstances.govt.nz/calculator
Other useful tools & info - https://hazardoussubstances.govt.nz/
Hazardous Substances Practical Guide - http://www.hazardoussubstances.govt.nz/guide
New Health and Safety at Work Quick Reference Guide
GREG QUIN - COMPLIANCE CERTIFIER
KEVIN TOWART- TRAINEE COMPLIANCE CERTIFIER
KIRSTIN QUIN - ADMINISTRATOR
NEW WEBSITE COMING SOON
Hazardous Substance Compliance certifier
Contact: Greg Quin - Worksafe Approved Compliance Certifier: 000352
Phone: 027 22 66 759
approval on Worksafe site:
Dunedin - PO Box 7134, Mornington, Dunedin 9040