Health and Safety

Training - Specific Work Area

All staff must complete a Health and Safety induction with their manager and attend the Victoria University Health and Safety induction session, as a minimum.

It is important to ensure that all staff (including those who work part-time, casual, or are employed on a fixed-term agreement) have the opportunity to attend training courses. There are two options for arranging training:

  • Attendance at a scheduled training session.
  • Arranging for training to be held within and for individual schools, departments and central service units at their convenience.

Staff are encouraged to enroll in courses from the Training Programme relevant to their role. Most of the training is done in-house, however, where particular expertise is required, specialist instructors will be contracted to do these courses. Courses on this programme are funded centrally, and some have prerequisites.

For general enquiries on training, please contact the Safety, Risk and Assurance team at

Training Courses

The 2017 Training Programme can be downloaded via the link below and can be viewed within the Staff Development Calendar.

You can register online through the Staff Development Calendar.

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CourseInformationWho should attend
Victoria University's Health & Safety InductionGeneral health and safety information for new, current and transferred employees including health and safety responsibilities, risk management, accidents and incidents, emergency management and wellness at Victoria University.(2 hours)All new, current and transferred staff.
Managing H&S, Risks and Assurance at VUWDetailed information about Victoria's Health and Safety suite of policies and procedures and the responsibilities of managers. (2 hours)All new, current and transferred managers and heads of schools.
Risk Management at VictoriaHow to do risk management. This course focuses on responsibilities for risk management and preparation of risk registers. (2 hours)All new, current and transferred heads of schools, school managers, team leaders and supervisors, and those with responsibility for managing risk or conducting risk assessments.
Fieldwork ProcedureWorkshop on Victoria's Fieldwork Procedure and how to implement it when planning field work.(1 hour)Heads of schools, managers, academic supervisors and those organising or leading field trips.
VUW Incident and Accident Investigation ProcedureBriefing on Victoria's Incident and Accident Investigation Procedure. (1.5 hours)Managers, Health and Safety Representatives and Specialists, and anyone else involved in investigating H&S incidents.
Business Continuity PlanningWorkshop on planning for the recovery of your school or CSU following a major disruptive event. (2 hours)Managers, and those responsible for Business Continuity Planning for their units.
Health and Safety Representative InductionHow to carry out the role of a Health and Safety Representative at Victoria. Includes the Worker Engagement, Participation and Representation Scheme, audits and workplace inspections, participating in the Health and Safety Committee and the support provided by the Safety, Risk and Assurance team. (2 hours)Elected and appointed Health and Safety Representatives and safety specialists employed in schools and CSUs.
Health and Safety Representative Initial TrainingExternal training that covers the role and functions of Health and Safety Representatives in NZ workplaces, and the skills required for Reps to promote a healthier place of work. Successful completion of the course attains US 29315, NZQA level 3. (2 days) Elected and appointed Health and Safety Representatives who have not already completed Stage 1 |+ Transitional Training.
Emergency ResponseEmergency Response procedures at Victoria University, the Building Cluster system, and emergency equipment stored on site, including Civil Defense Cabinets and Building Cluster Kits. (1.5 hours)All new, current and transferred staff who would like to be involved in emergency response and are not already involved in their Building Cluster.
Floor Warden TrainingThe roles of floor wardens and building wardens in different emergency situations, evacuation procedures and equipment, basics of fire prevention and precautions (1 hour).All staff Floor Wardens.

Building Warden Training

The roles of floor wardens and building wardens in different emergency situations, evacuation procedures and equipment, basics of fire prevention and precautions, including specifics around your building.

This is conducted as a one-on-one session.

All staff Building Wardens and their deputies.
Using a Fire Extinguisher How to safely use a portable fire extinguisher, understanding the different types of fire extinguishers, basics of fire prevention and precautions (2 hours).

Completion of the VUW Health & Safety Induction in 2016 or 2017 is a prerequisite.
All staff. Priority will be given to staff members in higher-risk environments.
First Aid Level 1Comprehensive Level 1 First Aid course, including CPR (1 day).

Completion of the VUW Health & Safety Induction in 2016 or 2017 is a prerequisite.
All staff where first aid is either a requirement of their role, or where there is no other first aider already present. Priority will be given to staff members in high-risk environments. 
First Aid RefresherRefresher course to maintain First Aid certificate. The course has a practical focus to reacquaint participants with first aid equipment and techniques. (1 day)All staff with a certificate that is due for renewal (every 2 years) or that has expired within the three months prior to the refresher course date.
Defensive DrivingClassroom based training on identifying and managing risks pertaining to driving and operation of a motor vehicle.

Please contact to discuss arrangements.
All staff who drive University vehicles.
Manual Handling and BackcareUnderstanding correct and applicable lifting techniques and good body posture.

Please contact to discuss arrangements
All staff including Early childcare, Campus Care, ITS, Library staff, all administrators and any staff who have manual handling in their job.