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REGULATION 4.3 (Certified Handler)
DGC Limited offer Certified Handler assessment and certification.  In order to accurately assess your needs please feel free to speak with one of our qualified operators or forward through your chemical inventory for us to assess.

HSWA (HS) Certified Handler Assessment (class 6.1A & 6.1B)

This is an assessment, after sitting a Reg 4.5 Comprehensive course, and will require an additional assessment of each candidate's experience in their relative industry, along with an assessment of their current safety practices and knowledge of the specific chemicals involved.

Please note DGC Limited do not currently offer Certified Handler qualifications for agrichemicals, veterinary medicines, fumigants and vertebrate toxic agents.

Please note that Certified Handler assessment and certification is ONLY for 6.1A and/or 6.1B.

The cost of the assessment will be $685 excluding GST, with an additional charge of $200 excluding GST if a site visit/interview is required.

Email certifiedhandler@dgcompliance.co.nz for any Certified Handler enquiries. Click here for CH Application Form.

 

New Workplace Training Requirements

The requirements around workplace hazardous substance training, since its inception on June 2018, are now required to be in place for your site to be able to issue Compliance Certificates.  Compliance Certifiers now need to verify your site has:-

  • A training record of workers trained (list of names)
  • Training checklists for each worker (induction / orientation / emergency response and supervision)
  • Evidence of training in hazardous substances (certificates, SOP, workbooks, etc.)
  • PPE / Equipment training record, if required.

Some sites will have all this, however, some won’t and have something similar to the old Approved Handler or current ERL Certificate or similar.  Most importantly – it is the records part that has changed.

Sites now need an actual record of who has been trained (Training Record), particularly as there is now an infringement associated with this.  You are able to provide as evidence a training certificate but only for a sole worker as a record of training.   For multiple staff you’ll need to use a Training Record. [see attached]

Sites also require a Training Checklist for each worker. This covers all the legal stuff as per Reg 4.5.1/2. 

You can use an existing Employee Induction / Orientation Checklist, which should cover most of the basics, however if you don’t have one, then WorkSafe want their one used.  This checklist also covers supervision. [see attached]

Sites also need to check their PPE or equipment, if they use them. [see attached]

Lastly, sites also need workers trained in the five areas mentioned in regulation 4.5.3a i- v. This can be done by anybody, however, it’s best if a hazardous substance training organisation or professional does this.  If your site chooses to do their own training, via a SOP or Instrument, then the Certifier will need to check the training material and assessment, to ensure all five areas are covered.  External training providers also provide training material and normally issue a training certificate.  The training needs to cover:

  • the physico-chemical and health hazards associated with the hazardous substances the worker uses at work.
  • the procedures (if applicable) for the safe use, handling, manufacture, storage, and disposal of the hazardous substances.
  • practice in the safe use of plant (including personal protective equipment) necessary to manage the hazardous substances.
  • the worker’s obligations under these Regulations.
  • the actions that the worker should take in an emergency involving the hazardous substances.

If you do not have trained workers, information and facilitation of Regulation 4.5.3a training can be found on www.enviroresources.co.nz - or ERL (Environmental Resources Limited), one of DGC’s preferred suppliers in the training of chemical handling.

In summary, your Compliance Certifier will now be asking questions around these new requirements.  If you do not have them, the Certifier will guide and direct you as we look to meet the new regulations.