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Workplace Health and Safety Committee

Successful completion of our Health and Safety Committee course leads to the award of unit standard 30433 on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) - Describe the role and function of a health and safety committee in a New Zealand workplace.

About This Course

Course Fee
(Excl. GST)


NZQA Level

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NZQA Unit Standard

This 4-hour course gives learners an understanding of the role and function of a health and safety committee. You will learn what is required to ensure your committee encourages worker engagement, participation and representation to support the ongoing improvement of health and safety in your organisation.

New Zealand Biosecurity Academy has Consent to Assess against the unit standard indicated above and has had this course pre-moderated and approved by our workforce development council, Toitu Te Waiora.


Training is available in-classroom in Albany or Manukau, online via webinar, or at your location by prior arrangement.

Course Overview

The Workplace Health and Safety Committee course provides learners with the skills and knowledge required ensure the effectiveness of the committee. This includes understanding what good engagement, participation and representation looks like and understanding the main function of the committee - assisting with the development of policies, procedures and rules relevant to health and safety. 

Learning Outcomes

  1. How to prepare for a health and safety committee meeting

  2. How to document and report meeting outcomes

  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the types and roles of health and safety committees

  4. Demonstrate knowledge of the establishment of a health and safety committee

  5. Explain the importance of Worker Engagement, Participation and Representation in effectively managing health and safety.

Content and Delivery

The course content includes the following:

  • What is a Health and Safety Committee (HSC)

  • How to establish a HSC

  • The Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA) 2015

  • PCBU Duties

  • Functions and Roles of the HSC

  • Resourcing the HSC

  • Meeting Preparation and Meeting Roles

  • Escalation and Investigation

  • Reviewing HSC effectiveness


  • 4-hour classroom or webinar session

  • One Assessment

  • One post-course assignment

Information for Learners

Entry and selection requirements
To be eligible to enrol into this course, all learners must meet, or be able to demonstrate, the following criteria:

  • Be at least 16 years of age

  • Be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.

  • Have (or be able to demonstrate ability to meet) a Level 1 qualification or obtain competence in a Level 1 pre-assessment that reflects literacy and numeracy abilities;
    have a minimum of 3 years secondary education.

  • Have achieved a minimum standard of English as demonstrated by a minimum of 8 credits at NCEA Level 1 in English;
    Have (or be able to demonstrate an ability to meet) written and oral English skills equivalent to IELTS 5.5 or higher.

  • Be able to provide proof of identity. This can be either a Passport or Drivers Licence.

Reassessment and Appeals

Learners are able to re-sit assessments for which they do not achieve competency. If learners wish to re-sit assessments, they will need to contact the Training Coordinator who will arrange for this to take place.

In the event that candidates have a concern about their assessment, we ask that in the first instance, you talk with the trainer or contact the Training Coordinator. The trainer will re-assess the learner in consultation with the NZBA management team. If the learner is still not satisfied following the re-assessment procedure, NZBA will initiate external post-assessment moderation with the appropriate advisory group member for a final assessment decision.


The assessment for this course consists of completion of one assessment and one post-course assignment.


Learners must achieve 100% in all assessment outcomes in order to pass.

Welfare and Guidance

Learners are able to approach the trainer regarding support, guidance and cultural sensitivities.

Treaty of Waitangi / Te Tiriti O Waitangi

NZBA recognises the Treaty of Waitangi as the founding document of New Zealand and seeks to apply the principles of the treaty in our day to day activities.

Course Overview
Learning Outcomes
Content and Delivery
Information for Learners
Health and Safety Courses

Upcoming Sessions

Dec 11 - Dec 17














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