Training and Inductions

Information relating to HS requirements for training and inductions is outlined in HS320 Training Procedure.

It is essential that HS requirements for all positions are identified at the recruitment phase or the commencement of a research project. The HS competencies must be identified for each position and training plans developed and documented for all staff, as well as research students, contractors and visitors (where necessary). The relevant forms for documenting the analysis are available here.

The level of training and induction is dependent upon the risks associated with type of work undertaken and the location of the work.

The general training requirements for new staff are outlined here

Appendix 1 of HS320 provides a flowchart guide for supervisors for the training process and Appendix 2 (Tables 1 & 2) provides lists of mandatory training required to satisfy generic and specific hazard HS competencies.

Using information from Appendix 2, the following examples identify the HS training required for some typical positions in BEES.

1. All workers in office space:

Competencies relating to UNSW induction (HS006)

  • Knowledge of  hazards and risks associated with their work and how the risks are controlled
  • Knowledge of Safe Work Procedures applicable to their work
  • Ability to report hazards/incidents
  • Awareness of further training courses required (identified by the supervisor)
  • Knowledge of UNSW emergency procedures and key contacts in the local area

Competencies relating to HS legal responsibilities, UNSW HS procedures, risk management techniques, incident reporting and consultation (mandatory HS Awareness on-line course)

  • Knowledge of hazard identification techniques
  • Knowledge of risk management procedure
  • Utilisation of the ‘Hierarchy of Controls’ to reduce risks
  • Ability to use UNSW forms (paper or electronic) for risk management and hazard reporting
  • Know how to raise HS issues and knowledge of consultation principles
  • Awareness of the UNSW HS Policy and HS Management System
  • Knowledge of employer and employee HS responsibilities
  • Knowledge of hazard and incident reporting procedures

Competencies relating to ergonomics (Preventing Over Use Injury - mandatory Ergonomics on-line course)

  • Awareness of optimal workstation arrangements
  • Ergonomically safe work practices

Competencies relation to hazardous manual tasks (Safe lifting techniques)

  • Identify hazards and risks in respect to back injuries
  • Identify strategies to deal with the hazards/risks identified
  • Express a general understanding of the anatomy and biomechanics of the back
  • Display an understanding of the physiological processes of musculoskeletal injury
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of manual handling (both theoretically and practically)


2. Workers in non office indoor space (e.g. laboratories, workshops, and other specialised non-office areas)

All the training listed above plus competencies relating to local area induction (HS049)

  • Knowledge of access requirements
  • Knowledge of hazards and required controls for local area documented in Safe Work Procedures/ Risk Management Forms
  • Follow the PPE requirements for the area
  • Know where the safety equipment is located
  • Knowledge of the safe systems to be adhered to
  • Knowledge of first provisions
  • Local building emergency provisions

Competencies relating to laboratory safety (Laboratory Safety Awareness course)

  • Knowledge of hazards and controls to minimise risk in a laboratory
  • Knowledge for the selection, use and maintenance of PPE
  • Ability to use Chem Alert and  to understand basic chemical labelling
  • Understand the basic requirements for se of plant and equipment

If the worker uses or stores hazardous chemicals then competencies relating to hazardous chemicals are required (Hazardous substances course)

  •  See list from  Appendix 2

If the worker has a supervisory or management role for the local area then competencies relating to HS responsibilities for supervisors are required (HS for supervisors course)

  • See list from Appendix 2


3. Workers involved in fieldwork

If the worker is involved in field work the training and competencies must be developed through the risk management process and based upon the hazards associated with the outdoor tasks. Training needs may include specialist vehicle training and /or licencing, remote area first aid, communications training, diving qualifications, etc.


4. Training needs for  Honours Students

Honours students may be special cases in the training framework listed above. The length of time for exposure to risks associated with the projects may mean the level of supervision might be substituted for specific organised training courses. A typical project that incorporates laboratory and fieldwork tasks may, for example, have the following training requirements:

  • HS006 HS Induction from supervisor
  • HS049 Laboratory induction form(s) from one or more laboratory supervisors
  • Green Lab Training (environmental compliance)
  • Laboratory Safety Awareness course
  • HS Awareness/Ergonomics on-line courses (arranged by supervisor via BEES HS Manager)
  • Specialist vehicle (or water craft) licence/ training (organised by the supervisor)
  • Specific inductions for equipment (documented by signature against Acknowledgement of Understanding for Risk Management documents and Safe Work Procedures)

Supervisors should document the training needs for each student using forms available from here


5. Visitors and volunteers

Requirements for visitor induction are outlined in the HS414 Visitors Guideline.

For short duration / low risk activities the HS630 Visitors Induction form may be used to document an induction to the work area.

Training requirements for volunteers are identified on the HS010 Volunteer Approval Request Form. The applicant and/or supervisor identifies the nominated volunteer’s training needs by indicating what work is involved, Fieldwork and/or Lab work and transport activities, and then lists the various Risk Management and Safe Work Procedure documents that cover the tasks. Once the nominated volunteer is approved the supervisor and / or applicant then provides an induction for the volunteer. Evidence of the induction is the volunteer’s signature for acknowledgement of understanding. The HS010 form clearly states that volunteers must not work unsupervised.

Typical training and induction for a volunteer for fieldwork might be

  • Possession of a current drivers licence
  • An induction to drive UNSW vehicles
  • Acknowledgement of Understanding for a Risk Management document for a fieldwork activity e.g. snorkelling
  • Acknowledgement of a Safe Work Procedure for preparing specimens for transport back to UNSW

For Laboratory work

  • HS006 Induction
  • HS049 Laboratory Induction from a Laboratory Manager
  • Acknowledgement of a number of Risk Management documents and Safe Work Procedures



All workers and others must hold appropriate licences and certificates for all plant and equipment which they use. Copies of these documents are to be sent to the Health and Safety Manager for inclusion in the School’s skills and competencies register.


Diving and Boating

Both these activities have stringent training requirements. For more information see Diving and Boating websites.


Firearms and Explosives

Workers and others who use firearms or explosives must hold appropriately licences. Licence details must be entered in the School firearms or explosives registers, as appropriate.