Health and Safety

Training

All staff must complete a local Health and Safety induction with their manager and attend the Victoria University Health and Safety induction session, as an absolute 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 Health and Safety, Emergency Management and Business Continuity Planning Training Programme that are 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. These courses are funded centrally, and some have prerequisites.

For general enquiries on training, please contact the Health and Safety, Emergency Management and Business Continuity Planning team at safety@vuw.ac.nz.

Training Courses

The 2017 Health and Safety, Emergency Management and Business Continuity Planning 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 VUW'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 VictoriaHealth & Safety and Risk Management information for managers, team leaders, supervisors and those with responsibility for managing risk or conducting risk assessments. This course focuses on health and safety responsibilities, risk management and registers, accidents and incidents, safety plans and off campus activities. (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.
VUW Fieldwork ProcedureBriefing on the VUW Fieldwork Procedure and how to implement it when planning field trips, field research and off-site events. (1 hour)Heads of schools, managers, academic supervisors and those organising or leading field trips.
VUW Incident and Accident Investigation ProcedureBriefing on the VUW 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 Planning at VUWPlanning for the recovery of your school or CSU following a major crisis. (2 hours)Managers, and those responsible for Business Continuity Planning for their units.
Health and Safety Representative InductionUnderstanding and carrying out the role of Health and Safety Representative at Victoria. Includes the Worker Engagement, Participation and Representation Scheme, audits and inspections, participating in the Health and Safety Committee and the support provided by the Health and Safety team. (2 hours)Elected and appointed Health and Safety Representatives.
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 Response at VUWUnderstanding Emergency Response at Victoria University, the Building Cluster system, and the 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 TrainingUnderstanding and carrying out the 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

Understanding and carrying out 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 high-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 DrivingClass based course on identifying and managing relevant risks pertaining to driving and the use of a motor vehicle.

Please contact safety@vuw.ac.nz to discuss arrangements.
All staff who drive University vehicles off-road, for long distances or with van loads of passengers.
Manual Handling and BackcareUnderstanding correct and applicable lifting techniques and good body posture.

Please contact safety@vuw.ac.nz to discuss arrangements
All staff including ECES, Campus Care, Mail Services, ITS, Library staff, all administrators and any staff involved in manual handling.