In Schedule 2 of the Act (2015): Health and safety representatives (Part 1) H&S Representatives:
12 Requirement to allow health and safety representatives to attend certain training
- … if a health and safety representative has been elected to represent workers who carry out work for a business or undertaking, the PCBU must-
- allow the health and safety representative, for the purpose of attending health and safety training,-
- 2 days’ paid leave each year; and
- Comply with any prescribed requirements relating to access to training for H&S Reps (including any requirement to meet the costs of that training).
In Regulations of the Act (2016): Health and Safety at Work (Worker Engagement, Participation, and Representation):
21 Training required to issue a provisional improvement notice
- …a H&S representative must complete initial training
- …initial training is achieving NZQA Unit:29315
22 Types of health and representative training
A H&S representative may use his or her annual trainingn entitlement (2 day) to attend initial training, additional training, or transition training.
23 Choice of training
A H&S representative may choose a training opportunity in consultation with the PCBU.
24 Duty (or PCBU) in relation to access to training for H&S reps
- The PCBU must-
- Pay the H&S reps training fees; andd
- Pay for any other reasonable expenses to attend the training
Who are WorksafeReps?
WorksafeReps is New Zealand owned and operated. It operates under the Workers’ Education Trust which was establiched by the NZ Council of Trade Unions in March 2017 with primary purposes to:
- Promote, conduct, coordinate and monitor education as part of a programme to educate workers and employees in NZ; and
- Plan, develop and undertake education courses in health and safety at work.
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