Work Health and Safety for Trainers and Assessors

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Health and Safety in Training and Assessment

As a trainer and assessor you have a duty of care. You need to be aware of a number of number of health and safety considerations during supervision, training and instruction.

Basic health and safety considerations in training:

  • You need to create a safe environment for your training participants whether in the workplace or in an simulated/training room environment. This is true for group delivery or one-on-one training.
  • You need to have documented and safe work systems for trainees and candidates.
  • The training resources and equipment you use must be safe, contain no hazards and there must be no danger in someone using them.
  • You must provide information about any hazards (verbally or using written information sheets).

You can learn more about health and safety in training by watching the video below, as our amazing trainer Murray Humphrey conducts a webinar on WHS for Certificate IV in Training and Assessment students.


Key Points in the Health and Safety in Training Video

After watching the occupational health and safety video you should be able to explain:

  • • Duty of Care
  • • Risk Management Process
  • • Hazard Identification
  • • Risk Assessment
  • • Hierarchy of Control
  • • WH&S Reporting

Duty of Care

From Wikipedia: “In tort law, a duty of care is a legal obligation which is imposed on an individual requiring adherence to a standard of reasonable care while performing any acts that could foreseeably harm others. It is the first element that must be established to proceed with an action in negligence.”

Trainers and assessors have a duty of care to provide:

  • • Safe environment
  • • Safe work systems
  • • Safe resources and equipment
  • • Communication of safety requirements
  • • Information about hazards
  • • Supervision, instruction and training

Risk Management Process

According to WorkCover NSW, risk management is the process of finding and fixing health and safety problems. Managing risks to health and safety is critical to ensuring a workplace is safe. The first step in managing risks is to identify any reasonably foreseeable hazards. The second step is to eliminate those hazards so far as is reasonably practicable. If it is not reasonably practicable to eliminate the risk , then action must be taken to minimise that risk so far as is reasonably practicable.

Hazard Identification

There are many types of hazards that may be experienced in a training environment, particularly if you’re training in a workplace. These can also be present in a simulated workplace or training room environment.

  • • Physical: causing trips, falls, cuts, sprains, bruising
  • • Ergonomic: causing strain injuries and illness
  • • Psychological: causing mental health issues
  • • Hazardous Substances: such as chemicals, materials or other substances
  • • Biological: causing contamination or disease
  • • Radiation: caused by light, heat, or energy sources

To appropriately manage risks within the occupational health and safety setting, you must learn to:

  1. Identify hazards
  2. Assess risks
  3. Control risks
  4. Monitor risks
  5. Overall consult the entire process and always be on the lookout to improve your occupational health and safety policy, procedure and management systems

Hierarchy of Control

In order of best solution to least-best solution for risk management:

  • Eliminate
  • Substitute
  • Isolate
  • Engineer
  • Administrative
  • Personal Protection Equipment

Workplace Health and Safety Reporting

When training follow your organization’s WH&S Policy and Procedures for the recording and documentation when:

  • Reporting hazards
  • Completing risk assessments
  • Reporting and recording an incident and/or injury
  • Planning and following-up risk management action plans

Training and Workplace Health and Safety

When training you need to consider Workplace Health and Safety:

  • Prior to the commencement of any training
  • At the start of training


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