Development of Occupational Health and Safety (‘OHS’) skill standards

Toitū te Waiora is pleased to announce the development of new skill standards that will – over time ­- replace unit standards listed in the Occupational Health and Safety subfield:

  • Hazardous Substances and Materials (21 standards)
  • Occupational Health and Safety Practice (31 standards)
  • Workplace Health and Safety Management (9 standards)

Skill standards will be developed to align with NZQCF qualifications in Workplace Health and Safety Practice:

New Zealand Certificate in Workplace Health and Safety Practice (Level 3) [Ref: 3533]

New Zealand Certificate in Workplace Health and Safety Practice (Level 4) [Ref: 3534] 

New Zealand Diploma in Workplace Health and Safety Management (Level 6) [Ref: 3645] 

As part of this work, consideration will also be given to possible micro-credentialing.

OHS Skills standards project structure:

Toitū te Waiora has established a reference group to advise on the:

  • Structure of skill standard development
  • Skill standard coverage
  • Engagement/consultation strategy.

The reference group has representation from:

  • WorkSafe Mahi Haumaru Aotearoa
  • Health and Safety Association of New Zealand (HASANZ)
  • Employers & Manufacturers Association (EMA)
  • New Zealand Council of Trade Unions(NZCTU)
  • Construction Health and Safety New Zealand (CHASNZ)
  • Government Health and Safety Lead
  • New Zealand Institute of Safety Management (NZISM)
  • Te Rōpū Marutau o Aotearoa – Māori Health and Safety Authority (TRMA)

A panel (and potentially, panels) will be established to help develop the skill standards. Panel members will be selected on the advice of the reference group.

Panel members will have:

  • subject matter expertise
  • understanding of workplace and safety qualifications
  • understanding of health and safety frameworks (e.g. INSHPO framework), and current research in health and safety
  • experience with assessment standards, programme design and delivery.

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