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Employee Health And Safety Training

  • Document Type: Guidance Note
    Keycode: web only
    Category: Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004,
    Division Author: Manufacturing & Agriculture
    Publication Date: 06 June 2005
    Date First Published: 04 October 2000
    Summary: This guidance note provides information on training of employees to comply with the OHS Act.

Issued: October 2000

To provide guidance to employers on training employees in health and safety.

Why is training important?
Employees are the greatest assets you have to assist you in achieving your business objectives as well as meeting your moral and legal obligations in providing and maintaining a safe and healthy workplace.

To get the best from your employees it is essential that they be provided with appropriate training on all aspects of their work including health and safety.

Training is an excellent way for employees to learn new skills and knowledge and to reinforce good work practices. This can result in a change in workplace behaviour (eg a new way of doing something).

Investing in effective employee training will increase skills, knowledge, productivity and morale as well as reduce workplace incidents.

What does the law require?
The Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (the Act) requires employers to provide such training to employees as is necessary to enable the employees to perform their work in a manner that is safe and without risks to health.

Various regulations made under the Act (eg Hazardous Substances Regulations, Plant Regulations) require employers to provide training to employees on:

  • the nature of hazards;
  • the processes used for hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control;
  • the need for, and proper use, of measures to control risk;
  • safety procedures; and
  • the use, fit, testing and storage of personal protective equipment.

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