Health & Safety Training
Introduction - Health and Safety Training and Information Requirements
The Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, and Amendment Act
2002 requires employers with the responsibility for information,
training and supervision of employees. This is achieved through
ensuring that employees have the knowledge, training and experience
of the work, plant or substances that they deal with or are
supervised by a knowledgeable person. Employees should also know
what to do in the event of an emergency.
Each new staff member employed by the University of Otago, regardless of the length of employment, receives an induction. Your Departmental Induction Facilitator will assist you with this process and ensure your induction is appropriate for your role. Part of this induction will be to watch the University of Otago's health and safety induction video called Safety Matters. It will provide information on the health and safety management systems and some key hazards. You can access this video directly, along with other induction material, on the Human Resources website in the “Welcome on board” section: ww.otago.ac.nz/humanresources
Your induction will also include you being provided with any specific Health & Safety training needed for you to perform your new role. Please contact your Departmental Induction Facilitator or your Departmental Health & Safety Officer if you have not received an induction.
University Training Programme
The Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 and the amendment
in 2002 requires employers to train and inform all employees about
the hazards in their place of work and how to control these hazards.
Training and orientation will largely be carried out within Departments
by experienced staff. The University Health & Safety Team recognises
specific issues and hazards that have been shown to cause injuries,
based on accident reporting data. These training sessions are designed
to improve awareness and prevention methods to reduce the incidence
of these injuries.
It is important to ensure that all staff including those that
work part time, casual or are employed on a fixed-term agreement
have the opportunity to attend training courses to assist the Departments & the
University to meet the legal responsibilities under the health
and safety in employment act and amendment act.
If the times of the training are unsuitable for you and/or your
department, or you have a specific hazard or issue for a training
session, we may be able to tailor a session for you. Please feel
free to contact us.
All enquiries about enrolments for the Health and Safety Training
programme should be directed to:
University Training Programme for 2013
Your DHSO should inform you of any departmental
training requirements. The departmental training is based on the
hazards identified by
the hazard register. This may include training in the safe use
of plant, use of personal protective equipment and University policies.