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Training Programmes

UNI-OSH Consultants offer a range of training courses dealing with chemical handling. These courses are offered to companies throughout New Zealand and have been specifically designed to assist employers in their development of in-house expertise.  Where applicable, courses are linked to unit standards through NZQA. In addition, participants will receive a 'Certificate of Attainment' on successful completion of each course.


Certified Handler Course (1 day)

This course is for workers handling extremely toxic chemicals. There is a legislative duty on these workers. It covers the storage, use and disposal of these chemicals in the workplace.

Course Content:

  • Legislation related to hazardous chemicals
  • Management of hazardous substances in the workplace
  • HSNO and GHS classification systems
  • Toxic hazards and effects on the body
  • Control requirements
  • SDSs and Emergency management
  • Competent person requirements

On successful completion of the course, including an assessment and evidence of appropriate practical experience and suitable induction training, participants will be issued with a Certified Handler Test Certificate. This is registered on the Worksafe Portal.

Chemical Handling (1 Day)

This course is intended for workers handling all types of chemicals with varying hazard levels (i.e. flammable/toxic/corrosive/eco toxic)

The course covers the legislation including the Acts and regulations relevant to the management of hazardous chemicals in the workplace. This includes the HSNO Act 1996, the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, the Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2017 and the Health and Safety at Work (General Risk and Workplace Management) Regulations 2016. Workers are introduced to the methods used to recognise, evaluate and control chemical hazards in the workplace and beyond. It includes: occupational exposures; assessment techniques, including Workplace Exposure Standards; Safety Data Sheets; control of chemical hazards and chemical storage. In particular the course addresses the requirements of a Competent Person as defined under regulation 19.1 and 4.5 of the Health and safety at work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2017. On successful completion of the course participants will be issued with a Chemical Handling Certificate.

Chemical Awareness course (3-4 hours)

This is an introductory course on chemical handling. It is primarily aimed at persons who have a responsibility for the management, storage, use and disposal of hazardous substances in the workplace. Staff who would benefit from this course include: supervisors/shift managers/storage managers/purchasing officers/Health and safety representatives.

This course covers:

  • Hazardous Substances
  • Routes of entry and effects on the body
  • Classifications
  • Controls and SDSs
  • Legislation

Assessments are carried out during the course and on successful completion participants will receive a Certificate of Chemical Awareness. This course will go some way to meeting the competent person requirements (Reg 4.5 HSW (Haz.Sub) Regulations 2017.


Douglas Hay

Course facilitator is Douglas Hay. He is an Associate Professor(r) in Occupational Safety and Health at Massey University.

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