HSW Handbook Approval: Provision of HSW information, instruction and training

The revised HSW Handbook Chapter “Provision of HSW information, instruction and training” has now been posted on the HSW Website.

This revised chapter sets out the responsibilities to ensure:

  • workers are provided with suitable and adequate information, instruction, training and supervision at the local level;
  • that instruction and/or training for higher risk activities is provided before the worker undertakes the task;
  • training records are kept on file (hard copy or electronic) where required by the chapter, and retrievable on request;
  • the provision of required information, instruction and training is monitored by the School/Branch (or by agreement monitored by the Faculty HSW Team); and
  • the Head of School/Branch undertakes an appropriate level of due diligence to ensure identified training takes place.

It should be noted that:

  • Level 1 training does not need to be recorded on the TNA/Training Plan and Level 1 training records do not need to be maintained.  Level 1 training includes the local HSW induction(s).
  • Level 2 (Proficiency based instruction) does need to be recorded either locally (i.e. in a laboratory folder or equivalent) or on the School/Branch TNA/Training Plan.
  • Level 3 training does need to be recorded on the School/Branch TNA/Training Plan, and training records need to be maintained.
  • An emphasis on the provision of training and adequate supervision to a worker by the Supervisor (i.e. the person who is responsible for the day-to-day supervision of the worker), for any activity in the supervisor’s control, until the worker has the appropriate level of experience, proficiency or competency as required.  (Noting that it is not appropriate that the supervision is provided by a student.)
  • A new Appendix A, which summarises the 3 levels and the training records required.

Further information

Should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact your local HSW contact.

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